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Oracle Night by Paul Auster
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Jan 29, 12

Read in December, 2009

Another fascinating novel by one of the American masters. Not a long book by any means, but I took a while to read it simply because I had to work it around other commitments. I found myself so completely immersed in both the story and the story within the story, in which the narrator writes his own tale mimicking the frustrations and confusions of his life, I forgot it was set in 1982 and not the present day. As some other, lesser writers might do, he didn't lean on kitsch early 80s pop culture or news events to colour the characters' lives, despite the evocative New York setting; all he does is take the reader on the journey through a deceptively simple plot to a personal epiphany with a scintillating style that sparkles on the page. Auster writes so well you can't imagine him ever writing anything badly, even if he tried.
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