Oracle Night

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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 Or

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?

Paul Auster's mesmerizing eleventh novel reads like an old-fashioned ghost story. But there are no ghosts in this book -- only flesh-and-blood human beings, wandering through the haunted realms of everyday life. At once a meditation on the nature of time and a journey through the labyrinth of one man's imagination, Oracle Night is a narrative tour de force that confirms Auster's reputation as one of the boldest, most original writers at work in America today.

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Ha scritto il 14/08/13
第二次讀Paul Auster的小說(第一次是Timbatku) 真是非常引人入勝 頗喜歡 故事中還有故事 虛實交錯 最後也有意想不到的爆點 最後的結局看了再看 竟然是這樣結束了這本書啊 本來是很期待書中書的發展的 能給3.5的話我會給3.5
Ha scritto il 29/11/12
Too much
Twisted, complex, introspective, chimerical. Maybe too much.
Ha scritto il 09/10/10
Somehow the surreal atmosphere he creates in this book reminds me of Murakami's.
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Ha scritto il 28/07/10
Good People do Bad Things
I love this book. The ambiance is just right. With the only other example of the Brooklyn Follies coming to mind at the moment, I have to say that this is one of the few Auster novels that almost agrees with me in its entirety and frustrated me the l ...Continua
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Ha scritto il 02/05/10
Ending dissapoints - worth reading
This is well worth reading. It plays on the edge of the ordinary / mystical, absurdist, existentialist (difficult to find right word for his writing). Auster's work doesn't is captivating in that you are not distanced from the emotional needs of the ...Continua

Ha scritto il Oct 09, 2010, 08:11
Like The Book of Illusions, the novel that preceded it, Oracle Night is also about a relatively recent Auster theme - recovery; the ways in which damaged individuals reconstruct their lives after they have been broken almost beyond repair. As the boo ...Continua
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Ha scritto il Jul 08, 2010, 15:42
It always stimulates me to discover new examples of my own prejudice and stupidity, to realize that I don't know half as much as I think I do
Ha scritto il Jan 06, 2009, 10:24
L'idea è che i governi abbiano sempre bisogno di nemici anche quando non sono in guerra. In mancanza di un vero nemico, ne inventi uno e spargi la voce. Così la gente si spaventa, e quando la gente è spaventata tende a rispettare le regole.
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Ha scritto il Jan 06, 2009, 10:23
Finchè sogni, c'è sempre una via di scampo.
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Ha scritto il Jan 06, 2009, 10:22
Nick è entusiasta all'idea di andare in giro negli abiti di un morto. Ora che lui ha smesso di esistere, gli sembra giusto portare il guardaroba di un uomo che ha a sua volta smesso di esistere - come se questa doppia negazione rendesse la sua negazi ...Continua
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