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Oracle Night ''Oracle Night'' is the title of a novel within a pointedly abandoned novel within this wholly self-parodic novel. After Sidney Orr, a middle-aged...Oracle NightFiction ''Oracle Night'' is the title of a novel within a pointedly abandoned novel within this wholly self-parodic novel. After Sidney Orr, a middle-aged...2003-11-28
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Oracle Night

Genre: Fiction; Author: Paul Auster; Status: In Season

”Oracle Night” is the title of a novel within a pointedly abandoned novel within this wholly self-parodic novel. After Sidney Orr, a middle-aged writer getting back to his work after a near-fatal illness, buys a Portuguese notebook from a Chinese shopkeeper, the floodgates of his imagination open, and fine prose flows forth. ”Be careful, Sid,” a friend warns, of this magical stationery. ”You have to watch out that you don’t get lost.” Anyone familiar with Auster’s old books – his spare yarns of vanishing and chance – can guess that Sidney’s fiction will bleed into his reality. His chilling ghostliness, however, has been supplanted by insulting mystic hoo-ha and his smooth plot work replaced by garish leaps and twists.

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