Oracle Night by Paul Auster – A Book Review

Stylistically somewhere between The New York Trilogy and The Brooklyn Follies, Oracle Night encompasses what I loved about both.

Auster gives us a bit of a plot, but there is also much experimentation in this rich novel as well.  And, like with The New York Trilogy, if you are a fan of linear storytelling with a concrete introduction, body, and conclusion, Oracle Night may not be for you, though there are elements of all three.

That being said, Oracle Night was a captivating read with deeply charismatic characters who were not difficult to emotionally connect with at all.  However, there are many (literal) footnotes and several asides, all of which I enjoyed immensely.  Unfortunately, I’m not certain a casual reader would feel the same.

So, all in all, if you’re an Auster enthusiast, this is more greatness from a wonderful writer.  If you’re unfamiliar with Auster but are open-minded and interested in trying out a mixture of traditional and experimental storytelling, I think you’d like Oracle Night.  However, if you’re into more conventional storytelling, I recommend Auster’s Mr. Vertigo or The Brooklyn Follies

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