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Auster uses footnotes to provide interesting backstory and develops Sidney's insecurities regarding love and fidelity, but when Sidney hits a patchy spot and writes Bowen into a corner, he (and Auster) shrugs and drops the story. The mystery that seemingly unrelated coincidences may have a causal connection is left unresolved, and Trause's delinquent son shows up to facilitate a hollow, climactic ending. Auster is a gifted writer, to be sure, but once trapped by the inner story, Oracle Night loses steam. --Michael Ferch
Paul Auster is one of the most interesting authors we have in contemporary fiction. I have read Leviathan and the groundbreaking New York Trilogy over the years. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kammbia
Auster is a wonderful story teller. Gets you interested from the very beginning.Published 7 months ago by Toni Rubio
I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, and the interweaving stories, but then it went a bit downhill for me and I ended up feeling not as impressed as I wanted to be. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the novel. It was an experience in tantric narrative. The primary plot provided little drama until the end; however, what kept me turning the pages were the storylines... Read morePublished 19 months ago by phillip88
I expected some great insight or startling change. There was nothing. The story is flat and ends abruptly . His char there never really matters to you.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I picked this up on a recommendation. What I found was a character who is in *exactly* the same place at the start of the novel as he is at the end . . . Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Auster is always a good entertainer, but this book is very special. He does not sacrifice human relationships for theoretical experimentations. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by yuji kato
This is the second book by Auster that I've read. I had really enjoyed Mr Vertigo as a teenager and was looking forward to immerse myself in his strange creation. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Stephanie N
About half way through this book, I knew this was one of the best books -- if not the best -- I had ever read, and I have read thousands. Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by Tom Bruce