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Publisher Comments:

Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationary 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.

A novel that expands to fill volumes in the reader's mind, Oracle Night is a beautifully constructed meditation on time, love, storytelling and the imagination by one of America's boldest and most original writers.

Review:

"[A]rtful, ingenious...both a darkly suspenseful domestic drama and a moving meditation on chance and loss....The plot of this bizarrely fascinating novel strains credibility, but Auster's unique genius is to make the absurd coherent..." Publishers Weekly

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"Much of this is quite entertaining, but the story's pay, though fully explanatory, is disappointing....Oracle Night, fascinating as it is, is a lesser performance." Kirkus Reviews

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"[O]ne spellbinding and provocative storyline leads breathlessly to another...Auster orchestrates a terrifying denouement that burns away all ambiguity, leaving his hero enraptured by the radiance of what matters most: love." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Review:

"[Auster] suggests that the terror of not being heard lies at the heart of writing....That a man who has produced more than 25 books is willing to convey the visceral ping of that terror is evidence not only of his talent but of his grace." Stacey D'Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Several months into his recovery from a nearly fatal illness, 34-year-old novelist Sidney Orr buys a notebook and, for the next nine days, lives under the spell of the blank pages, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threaten to destroy his marriage.

Synopsis:

Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationary 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.

A novel that expands to fill volumes in the reader's mind, Oracle Night is a beautifully constructed meditation on time, love, storytelling and the imagination by one of America's boldest and most original writers.

About the Author

PAUL AUSTER's most recent novel, The Book of Illusions, was a national bestseller, as was I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312423667
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Auster, Paul
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picador
Publication Date:
20041101
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.30x5.60x.67 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Picador USA - English 9780312423667 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]rtful, ingenious...both a darkly suspenseful domestic drama and a moving meditation on chance and loss....The plot of this bizarrely fascinating novel strains credibility, but Auster's unique genius is to make the absurd coherent..."
"Review" by , "Much of this is quite entertaining, but the story's pay, though fully explanatory, is disappointing....Oracle Night, fascinating as it is, is a lesser performance."
"Review" by , "[O]ne spellbinding and provocative storyline leads breathlessly to another...Auster orchestrates a terrifying denouement that burns away all ambiguity, leaving his hero enraptured by the radiance of what matters most: love."
"Review" by , "[Auster] suggests that the terror of not being heard lies at the heart of writing....That a man who has produced more than 25 books is willing to convey the visceral ping of that terror is evidence not only of his talent but of his grace."
"Synopsis" by , Several months into his recovery from a nearly fatal illness, 34-year-old novelist Sidney Orr buys a notebook and, for the next nine days, lives under the spell of the blank pages, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threaten to destroy his marriage.
"Synopsis" by , Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationary 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.

A novel that expands to fill volumes in the reader's mind, Oracle Night is a beautifully constructed meditation on time, love, storytelling and the imagination by one of America's boldest and most original writers.

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