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Oracle Night

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,841 Ratings  ·  545 Reviews
The discovery of a mysterious notebook turns a man's life upside-down in this compulsively readable novel by 'one of the great writers of our time' ( San Francisco Chronicle ).

Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr
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245 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Henry Holt (first published 2003)
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Shovelmonkey1
Jan 13, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Auster mind-meld fans
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: Auster, via all his previous work
Every time I start a Paul Auster book I get twenty pages into it and think,
"That's it. He's finally over stepped the mark. He's jumped from the edge of the clever cliff and into the precipice of w*nky too smart and arty for his own good literature". And then, I am always proved wrong. Sorry Paul I judge you too harshly!*

Another excellent book with the trademark Austerisms. Convoluted, random, perhaps even a little too common place at times, writhing like a bag of snakes the twists and turns had
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George Georgiadis
Jun 26, 2015 George Georgiadis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamburger
To Auster-ικό λογοτεχνικό σύμπαν είναι -όπως πάντα- πολύ καλά δομημένο. Εξαιρετική σκιαγράφηση των χαρακτήρων, με το σύνηθες "ομιχλώδες τοπίο" να πλανάται πάνω από τα κίνητρα και τις πράξεις τους, χωρίς να αποκαλύπτονται τελικά όλες οι πτυχές της προσωπικότητας τους.
Ο Auster καταφέρνει με μοναδικό τρόπο να "υφαίνει" μικρές ιστορίες και περιστατικά φαινομενικά ασήμαντα σε σχέση με την κύρια πλοκή και μέσα σε αυτά να "φυτεύει" ιδιαίτερα και σημαντικά νοήματα που θέλει να περάσει στον αναγνώστη.
Δεν
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Islam
Oct 10, 2010 Islam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
رواية داخل رواية

عندما تقرأ لأول مرة لبول أوستر لا يسعك بعد ذلك إلا البحث عن مجمل أعماله..متعة فائقة أن أتقرأ لكاتب يحترم عقليتك و يضع ذكاءك موضع المسائلة و الإختبار كأنه داخل إلى متاهة ذهنية و يريدك أن تعمل على حل عقدها و التكهن بالخطوة القادمة التى لن تقدر على التنبؤ بها أو حتى التفكير فيها..دائما توقعات صادمة تنهش فى لحم الحقيقة لتعرى ما هو مختفٍ تحتها

الرواية قائمة على تداعى السرد و تشابك الأزمنة و التقل فيما بينها من الماضى للحاضر و المستقبل و بالعكس ، و تداخل حياة الراوى- الذى يعمل بالأساس ك
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Jeremy
Oracle Night seems like one of Auster's more perfunctory novels. There is the usual blend of a narrator getting over some big personal tragedy, reflections on the power of language (writing especially in this case), recurring coincidences, a female love interest in trouble, etc. The opening conceit of the blank notebook and Sid's need to fill it has this really interesting, ominous vibe going to it. But Auster doesn't seem all that committed to really diving into it, and by the end of the book i ...more
Gypsy
Aug 10, 2015 Gypsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

راستش، اومدم که دو بدم. ولی نحوهی گرهگشایی ِ قسمتهای پایانی ِ داستان، اونقد حرفهای و شوکّهکننده و غیرمنتظره بود که گفتم دو براش نهایت ِ نامردیمو میرسونه. داستان، واقعاً هدف و حرفای خیلی خیلی خوبی داش.. اونقد خوب که ازیندس کتابا باس خیلی نوش و تمومی ندارن.. امّا شاید همینهدفهای زیاد و البتّه داستانهای زیادی که تو همین یهداستان بهطرز آشکار و نهان پرداخته شده بودن، کار ِ نویسنده رو سخت کرده بود. برای همین، داستان نظم نداش و گسیختگیش میتونس یهخوانندهی کمطاقتـو از ادامهدادنش منصرف کنه. امّا واقعاً چل
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Hend
May 08, 2012 Hend rated it did not like it
The story was confusing,the end upset me,and i feel depressed after finishing it....may be it wasn't the right time for me to read it...
the part about his mysterious blue notebook,and how it give Sidney Auster's protagonist,some kind of power over his writing.... and it's effective impact in changing the direction of the story from time to time, was the only interesting thing .....

"Those notebooks are very friendly, but they can also be cruel, and you have to watch out you don't get lost in them
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Mandi
Oct 01, 2007 Mandi rated it did not like it
Through the entire story I had the feeling I was on the verge of stumbling on the meat of it, but it never happened. I stuck with it hoping for even a line that would satisfy the "on-the-verge" feeling, but by the last line on the last page, I realized it wasn't coming. Maybe I'm too dense to really get the underlying substance of this book, but believe me, I was looking for it.
Gypsy
Nov 18, 2015 Gypsy marked it as to-read

من مگه برا این ریویو ننوشته بودم؟! :O-O

یادمه! یادمه نوشته بودم! یادمه چی گفته بودم حتّی! :|

گودریدز ِ بد. :-L
GoldGato
Apr 05, 2016 GoldGato rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, autumn

Everytime I picked up this book, I thought of that old Police song about synchronicity.

Many miles away there's a shadow on the door
Of a cottage on the shore
Of a dark Scottish lake


Every action seems to have a matching coincidence in this volume of wonky fiction. A stationery store suddenly appears where it didn't appear before, selling mysterious Portuguese notebooks. Characters mention trips to Portugal. The stationery store disappears overnight, then re-appears in a different location.

Many mil
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Rebecca Gransden
May 20, 2015 Rebecca Gransden rated it it was amazing
Auster here takes story-telling and uses that as a means to ponder reality and every labyrinthine way this translates through perception. He takes the maze and straightens it out so that every turn, every fork, every dead end corridor or way in or out is set parallel. Then what is left is something like the strata of rock, each layer signifying different eras in soil but here the unknowable passage we take from our point of view, fractured, subjective and incomplete. Auster takes that sample in ...more
Shane
Apr 18, 2013 Shane rated it really liked it
Auster's favourite theme is randomness, chance. And we see it again in this novel, which is a story within a story within a story, told in Auster's favourite narrative style. Given that there is so much ground to cover in this short book, I'm not sure there is any other way but to "tell" this story. However, only the main story line heads towards any type of conclusion in this book, while the others stall midway, again, demonstrating randomness, perhaps?

I like this book because it deals with the
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Kevin Fanning
Apr 13, 2008 Kevin Fanning rated it liked it
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 it. Although, maybe not because I feel like the book is in despearate need of critical exploration, maybe just because it seems like the kind of book that a college student could fairly easily write a
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Gmatchette
Feb 21, 2010 Gmatchette rated it it was amazing
There aren't many books that make a serious attempt to explore synchronicity, but this is one. I think Sidney goes from a rationalist to a fabulist/mystic though is own limitations often keep him from knowing what he knows. His happiness for being alive at the end of the book is more felt than understood and I liked that; also, that the book self refers to the Trause note which is basically to look for another notebook (of which the novel is the product 20 years later) that allows Sidney to begi ...more
مسعود حسینی
قطعا به رمان های استر علاقه مندم. این از این. چون به شدت درگیرم می کند. مرا در خود فرو می برد. شروع کنم زمین نمی توانم بگذارم. دوست دارم بدانم چه کیفیتی در نگارش او هست که چنین تاثیری بر من می گذارد. آدم های داستان هایش به نظرم ملموسند، اتفاقات کوچکی برایشان رخ می دهد ولی نتایج بزرگی برایشان در پی دارند. خیابان ها و مغازه های نیویورک را عاشقانه توصیف می کند. نه معمولی و لااقتضا، بلکه عاشقانه. جزئیاتی که به دست می دهد غالبا بی مورد به نظر می رسند، ولی در ادامه جایگاه ضروری خود را در داستان پیدا م ...more
Rosemary-MD
Apr 13, 2016 Rosemary-MD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
scary :|
Andrew Kaufman
Mar 16, 2013 Andrew Kaufman rated it really liked it
It's been a long time since I've had a new favourite writer. Paul Auster is my new favourite writer.
Ângela Serrão
Apr 05, 2016 Ângela Serrão rated it liked it
Segundo livro que li do autor. Auster não escreve apenas para entreter, os seus livros têm mensagens mais profundas e que não são assim tão acessíveis. Acho que posso dizer que Auster é um autor relativamente elitista, o seu estilo de escrita e os seus temas não estão disponíveis para todos - é o meu maior problema com este autor.
Esta história tem conteúdo mas parece que não foi suficientemente bem aproveitado; segue um escritor que sofreu um acidente e está a tentar recuperar a sua vida ao lado
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Nawrast
Sep 07, 2010 Nawrast rated it it was amazing
هذه اول رواية اقرأها لبول أوستر، احد اشهر كتاب امريكا المعاصرين، ولن تكون الاخيرة ان شاء الله...
شيقة جدا وذات حبكة قوية.. متداخله الأمكنة والازمنة...
تدور عن كاتب روائي يدعى "سندي أور" يشرع في كتابة رواية جديدة بعد تماثله للشفاء، مستخدما دفتر أزرق برتغالي الصنع، سيكون له فيما بعد سحرا ابداعياً على بطله
وينقلنا أوستر بين روايته هذه وبين نص الرواية التي يكتبها بطله "سندي" وبطلها الاخر "نيك بوين" وهو محررا في دار نشر في نيويورك
معاناة الكاتب ومخاض الابداع الروائي هما جوهر الرواية،
الأحساس بالزمن، الح
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Katerina
Мой первый и на удивление читабельный Пол Остер. Роб-Грийе встречает Джона Гришема и немного — Майкла Каннингема.

К таким книгам трудно применить даже один нарративный тэг и рассказать, про что они. "Ночь оракула" — примерно про то, как немного известный и довольно больной писатель, пытаясь убежать от реальности, пишет роман о человеке, который нашел неизданный роман известной писательницы и пытается убежать от реальности; вокруг шатаются странный китаец, задумчивая жена, другой, более известный
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Abdallah Makram
Jul 20, 2015 Abdallah Makram rated it it was ok
حكاية بداخل حكاية و من الحكاية الأولى ينسج الكاتب حكاية جانبية و كل الحكايات تدور في فلك حكاية كبيرة رئيسية يستمر الكاتب في سردها بإتقان.

معظم أعمال بول أوستر تتميز بهذا الطابع ، لكن هنا الرواية مشوشة والاحداث لزجة لا تكاد تضع يدك على بدايتها حتى تنزلق إلى هاوية الفوضى من جديد ..

بوين الحبيس في مخبأ ، جريس و ما تخفيه ، السر وراء الدفتر الازرق .. كل هذا يتداخل بعشوائية مزعجة !

البداية عادية، ليست مثل باقي بدايات بول اوستر العظيمة .. في المنتصف يصيبك الفتور والملل و يغمرك شعور ان الكاتب لم يُحسن ال
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Beka Sukhitashvili
Mar 24, 2016 Beka Sukhitashvili rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american
საოცარი წიგნია. ნიკ ბოუენივით კარჩაკეტილი ვარ დარჩენილი, არადა ვგრძნობდი ამბის ასე დასასრულს.
ესაა წიგნი, რომელსაც არაერთხელ მივუბრუნდები.
eman
Feb 23, 2015 eman rated it liked it
أن تكتب رواية ليس أمرا سهلا ..هذا ما أراد بول أوستر أن يقوله هنا .
Adam
Jan 03, 2013 Adam rated it liked it
Shelves: 1970-present, prose
I'm starting to really understand why some people who like Auster well enough don't necessarily look forward to the upcoming Auster book, and think that he should probably take an extended break once in a while, or stop writing novels, period. That probably sounds like a flippant remark, a mark of real dissatisfaction with at least this Auster novel, but it's not, really.

Because I like Auster, and I have no problem with artists who endlessly explore permutations of themes and characters that fa
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Mike
Sep 11, 2008 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: 50-books-2008
I'm not exactly sure how to tackle my feelings on this book. Like a lot of American novels it sort of reads itself--the prose is quick and paced to have you turning the page. And Auster's endless vault of ideas helps to keep the pages moving as well, but there was something missing in this one I felt. Before this the only things I've read by him were The New York Trilogy (which is great) and the utterly fantastic introduction he wrote to Knut Hamsun's Hunger, but both of these seem to have a vis ...more
Elsje
Sep 15, 2011 Elsje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik las Paul Auster - Orakelnacht. In mijn biebje hadden ze niet de originele versie, dus ik las 'm in het Nederlands.

Wat een mooi boekje (206 pagina's, vrij wijd gedrukt)! Men zegt wel eens: wie schrijft die blijft. En dat is voor mij een beetje het thema van dit boek.

Het verhaal
De hoofdpersoon Sidney, een schrijver die herstelt van een ernstige ziekte, probeert zijn leven weer een beetje op orde te krijgen. Hoe doet hij dat: door te schrijven. Hij koopt een mooi schrift en op het moment dat hij
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El
Sep 27, 2009 El rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21st-centurylit
And here I am back with Paul Auster and my ongoing love/hate relationship with him. What keeps drawing me back to him is his treatment of writers and the craft of writing in his stories, and I feel, through reading Auster, that I'm gaining some new insight through his characters. There have been a few sour grapes in our literary relationship, but there's this overwhelming "What is he up to now?" feeling that brings me back.

So here we have Sidney Orr, just released from the hospital after recover
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Blair
'If you have never read Auster before,' proclaims a quote displayed on the cover of this edition of Oracle Night, 'this is the place to start.' I hadn't read Auster before beginning this book, but I'd been meaning to for a while - especially since I've now read three of his wife (Siri Hustvedt)'s books and have gathered that their work ie very similar in style and theme. I wasn't out looking for an Auster book, I was just browsing at the library, but when I spotted it, the intriguing summary and ...more
Ricardo
Aug 24, 2014 Ricardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Magnificent!

Auster at his best. Starts off slowly and it takes around 50 pages to get into the novel (only reason it's not rated with 5 stars) but then it gathers pace and what unravels is a all encompassing novel that, despite its shortness, possesses great depth. Auster juggles so many themes and stories that he sends the reader to a state of nausea and confusion until, like a mighty ubiquitous author, everything is suddenly iluminated in front of our eyes.

This novel challenges our perceptio
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Mustafa Aldabbas
Nov 11, 2015 Mustafa Aldabbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يعجبني في نص بول أوستر خفته ورشاقته، هناك دائما شيئ يقال، قد تكون أشياء عبثية غير منظمة، بجمعها تستخلص عبرة، من خلال قراء أربعة أعمال لأوستر هناك بعض المآخذ السلبية، سيما من حيث الاسلوب الطاغي الذي لا يتغير، هناك تكرار في بعض الحالات النفسية، وحتى في استخدام الجمل والكلماتـ
ليلة التنبؤ تتضمن 5 روايات داخل بعضها البعض، وتعتمد كل رواية على الرواية الأصل، وكل هذا الروايات تدور في عقل الكاتب، وهذا يتطلب جهد جبار لخلق العديد من الشخصيات والتوغل في الكثير من الأمكان التي لا تشبه بعضها، ولكن من ناحية
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Tessa
Jan 22, 2016 Tessa rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I read by Paul Auster and once again, it doesn't disappoint.
"Oracle Night" is a narrative inside a narrative, where multiple stories are tangled with reality, where things are not always what they seem. This book makes you think, it makes you pay attention and it makes you want to know more. The book keeps you hooked until the end and when you finish it, the first word that comes to your mind is "whoa".
It starts with a blue notebook, with an impulsive writer and with cr
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