Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book,... show more
Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality.Why does his wife suddenly break down in tears in the backseat of a taxi just hours after Sidney begins writing in the notebook? Why does M.R. Chang, the owner of the stationery shop, precipitously shut down his business the next day? What are the connections between a 1938 Warsaw telephone directory and a lost novel in which the hero can predict the future? At what point does animosity explode into violence? To what degree is forgiveness the ultimate expression of love?
Publish date: November 1st 2004
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Paul Auster is one of the most interesting authors we have in contemporary fiction. I have read Leviathan and the groundbreaking New York Trilogy over the years. When I saw Oracle Night at the used bookstore recently, I decided to read and review it. Oracle Night is the story of novelist, Sidney...
2/10 - I found this a little disappointing as it was advertised in the blurb as being "a ghost story without any ghosts", but it didn't read like that at all. I found it quite strange - there was a book within a book within a book (I was reading a book about a character writing a book about a myste...
I'm not sure what to think about this book. I can't say I didn't like it at all, but I was far from being thrilled.I found it hard to get into it, for the first 50 pages or so (that is to say, one quarter of the novel...). One thing that really got on my nerves fairly quickly were the footnotes, som...
Paul Auster is really good storyteller, and there a lot of stories in here. I was drawn into all the plots and imaginings, and liked the meta-fictional aspect of it all, and how all the threads connected back to the main plot. The main plot - writer recovering from an illness experiences vague marri...
I don't know what to say about this book. I liked. If you look at how much I liked it w/r/t how low my hopes were before starting it, I guess you could say I really liked it. But all things being equal, I mainly liked it.I think if I'd read this in college I would have wanted to write a paper about ...
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