Summary

The short story “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story” by Paul Auster begins with Paul, the narrator, telling the readers about Auggie, who sells cigars and magazines in a shop in Brooklyn. After finding out Paul is a writer, Auggie shares his artistic project with him. The project consists of thousands of photos of the same scene, taken every morning at the same moment of the day from the same location. As he looks through the photo albums, Paul eventually realizes Auggie is photographing time. 

Paul is commissioned to write a Christmas story for a magazine and does not know what to write. Auggie promises to tell him the best Christmas story he knows, if Paul buys him lunch. Auggie’s story takes place in the 1970s, when he notices a teenager attempting to steal from his shop. Auggie runs after him, and the boy drops his wallet. Auggie picks it u...

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