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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 Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threate

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I had been sick for a long time. When the day came for me to leave the hospital, I barely knew how to walk anymore, could barely remember who I was supposed to be....

One of the best Austers I've read, seriously.
Auster, you love him or you hate him. I've struggled with his books, but always ended up fascinated.
Auster writes brooding stories, there's always something below the surface and to find out what's going on is a challenge....This is a brooding story too, it was a smooth read for me, enj
Raya راية
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Raya راية by: ديانا دودو

"يثيرني دائماً اكتشافي لنماذج جديدة من تحيّزي وغبائي، وأن أدرك أنني لا أعرف نصف ما كنت أعتقد أنني أعرفه."

وأعتبر بأن رواية ليلة التنبؤ خالفت توقعاتي عن الرواية الأمريكية السينمائية. وأشكر من اقترحها عليّ.

بدايةً، شعرت ببعض التعقيد والصعوبة في تتبّع مسار الأحداث، لأنها كما قلت جاءت مخالفة للرواية البوليسية التقليدية ذات الأحداث السريعة المتلاحقة وسهلة السرد. فهذه الرواية مختلفة تماماً عن كل ما قرأت، تتشابك فيها العديد من الموضوعات في نسيج روائي سردي مُحكم وجذّاب، وتتناول أفكاراً عن هشاشة العواطف ال
Ahmad Sharabiani
Oracle Night, Paul Auster
عنوان: شب پیشگویی؛ نویسنده: پل آستر (اوستر)؛ مترجم: خجسته کیهان؛ تهران، افق، 1384؛ در 271 ص؛ فروست: ادبیات امروز، رمان 23؛ شابک: 9643691632؛ چاپ دوم 1386؛ چاپ پنجم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 21 م
داستان «شب پیشگویی» روایت زندگی جوان نویسنده ای ست که پس از مدتی دوری از نوشتن؛ با خریدن یک دفترچه ی آبی رنگ بار دیگر اشتیاق نوشتن را در خود احساس میکند، و با طرح داستانی در ذهنش شروع به نوشتن داستان میکند؛ داستان مردی که یک زندگی را ترک میکند و ناپدید میشود،
Jun 29, 2010 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
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story-within-the-story-device gives Paul Auster plenty of freedom to orchestrate his postmodern novel. These are the (fake) jottings of an active writer and they include daily occurrences (diary-like), ideas for plots, a coherent free-flow of thoughts and musings, a scrapbook of so much mixed media which describes a vivid world dabbling in the surreal. His avoiding the usage of quotation marks in the story-within-the-story’s dialogue conveys the continuity of the writer’s imagination. He use ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Finché sogni, c'è sempre scampo".

Dopo un incidente a cui è riuscito miracolosamente a sopravvivere, Sidney Orr ricomincia, con un po' di fatica, a scrivere.
Grazie a un taccuino blu, proveniente dal Portogallo, e che sembra avere poteri magici, comincia a svilupparsi la trama di questo romanzo di Auster.
Con La notte dell'oracolo di Auster, si entra nel meta-romanzo, un romanzo nel romanzo in cui confluiscono diverse storie. Da un lato, la storia privata di Sidney e del suo matrimonio con la mogl
Jun 16, 2010 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
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
George Georgiadis
Jun 24, 2015 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.
Jul 29, 2015 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
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
'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
Rebecca Gransden
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
Quiet and tempered - my first Auster, and I loved the style.
I enjoyed Sidney's daily life, his writing, his screenplays. I enjoyed the small fantastical elements, but still rooted in reality (the magic of the blue notebook that was never explained). Vulnerable, true to life, and both sad and hopeful.

4.5 stars - knocked down only a bit because the ending was abrupt.

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Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andrew Kaufman
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've had a new favourite writer. Paul Auster is my new favourite writer.
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In einem Bungalow-Hostel auf den Philippinen gefunden und beinahe verschlungen. Wunderschön und traurig zugleich.
Kevin Fanning
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
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Temuka Zoidze
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
პოლ ოსტერს ერთი რაღაც უდავოდ კარგად გამოსდის: წიგნის ბოლოს ისეთ გულისგამხეთქავ ამბებს შემოგაჩეჩებს, რომ სულ მიგავიწყდება წინა გვერდების მოწყენილობები.
უბრალოდ, უკვე ამ ავტორის მეორე წიგნს ვკითხულობ და ასე მგონია, თავისი ნაწარმოებების სიუჟეტებს ერთ ქარგაზე ქსოვს: მთავარი პერსონაჟი დიდი ტრაგედიის გამოვლის შემდეგ თავიდან ცდილობს ცხოვრებას ჩაებღაუჭოს, თავიდან აღიქვას რეალობა და ძველ თუ ახალ ადამიანებთან ერთად სცადოს მისუსტებული ნაბიჯების გადადგმა, მაგრამ შემთხვევითობა ისევ მოულოდნელ განსაცდელს უმზად
Michael Bohli
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
"Nacht des Orakels" ist auf der einen Weise ein typisches Buch von Paul Auster. Etwas verzweifelte Figuren versuchen in New York ihr Leben zu bestreiten, zu verändern, nicht aus den Augen zu verlieren. Dabei verschieben sich gewisse Dinge in der Wahrnehmung und Realität, Gedanken werden plötzlich zu Tatsachen. Doch im Gegensatz zu anderen Werken des Autors kippt das Buch nie. Die Erzählung bleibt ziemlich linear, ein paar mysteriöse Momente erhalten nicht viel Gewicht. Trotzdem schwingt immer da ...more
Annika Kronberg
Fint språk, men berättelsen känns ofullständig på något vis. Jag tycker om hur Auster målar upp karaktärerna och känslorna dem emellan, men det är något som fattas.

Edit: Denna är så meta. Det är en bok om en författare som skriver en bok i ett magiskt anteckningsblock, en bok som bl.a. handlar om ett bokmanus. Jag undrar om det är någon slags symbolik för värdet av och makten hos litteratur.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2014 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
إبراهيم   عادل
أول قراءاتي لـ بول أوستر
رواية جيدة ..

بوليسية، ولكنها مكتوبة بإتقان
كتبت عنها هنا
Beka Sukhitashvili
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
საოცარი წიგნია. ნიკ ბოუენივით კარჩაკეტილი ვარ დარჩენილი, არადა ვგრძნობდი ამბის ასე დასასრულს.
ესაა წიგნი, რომელსაც არაერთხელ მივუბრუნდები.
Ângela Serrão
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
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
أن تكتب رواية ليس أمرا سهلا ..هذا ما أراد بول أوستر أن يقوله هنا .
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Report from the Interior, Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Ac ...more
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