13 journalers for this copy...
Although all his books show increasing relations to each other and the structure and events and basic topics he deals with recur time and again, Paul Auster is one of my favourite authors. You just know that he has woven a lot of hints and allusions and secret stories into it. It is a book which (like all his novels) one can read and leave it or -the real thrill- one can go about trying to find out the secret stories behind the countless names and things and places mentioned. Sometimes I find him a bit over the top, though and reading his stuff too often is... maddening.
Oh, for the brainiacs amongst you: He is a postmodernist novelist (if you want to go into that), joining the bigger part of the postmodernistic critereias in his work.
Sometimes, the second and third plotline was more interesting than the primary one, and I thought the ending, after all the twists leading up to it, was arrived at a bit too easily.
However, a great read. When you're finished you'll think you've accomplished something good.
I would also recommend Book of Illusions to anyone who reads this, if you haven't discovered it already.
(Sending to book-monster by the end of the week! Enjoy!)
Oracle Night was written in a considerably lighter tone than some of Auster's previous work--after The Book of Illusions, I almost expected him to turn untenably somber. ON was deceitfully easy to read: kind of minimalistic on the Auster scale.
It takes a genius to create something like this.
17/06: Sent to nice-cup-of-tea in Zürich.
I agree with all the other journallers here. It's an extremely clever book about stories and writing and plot lines. The plots are developed and resolved within each other, so much so, that sometimes I had to really concentrate on what I was actually reading! The structure reminded me of russian babushka dolls, in that you start one plot, start the next, and the unwrapping continues until you get to the heart of the narrative. I agree that the footnotes were unique, but I sometimes found them distracting. Or perhaps that was why he used them??
The time travel script had echoes of "the Time Travellers Wife" which I've read recently, although of course it should be the other way round. The other thing I noticed was the idea of time travel agents who monitor books, to check that the words aren't rewriting themselves, and that history isn't being changed. I wonder if this is where Jasper Fforde got his ideas for Thursday Next and the LitSpec Ops from??
"A Blue Team member had to be curious, a reader of books, and aware of the fact that he couldn't bend the world to the shape of his will. An astute observer, someone capable of making fine moral distinctions, a lover of justice. A Blue Team member would give you the shirt off his back if he saw you were in need, but he would much rather slip a ten-dollar bill into your pocket when you weren't looking."
What a perfect description of a bookcrosser!
I loved the basic idea of a notebook that aids your writing, and I loved the description of the stationary store, and all the goodies in it. I finished the book late last night (well early this morning really) as I couldn't sleep. Bizarrely, this whole book made me think about the act of writing, of how authors develop their craft and find their ideas. Don't laugh, but I then had an inspiration on how to finish a section of writing for my thesis. I got home, scribbled some notes in my favourite black leather Paperchase research notebook, and then went back to bed and fell asleep!!
Finde-Fuchs, thanks so much for this bookring, what a special book!
this was the first paul auster book i´ve ever read and it reminded me a little of ian mcewan, especially of his ´the comfort of strangers´. the relationship between the married couple was depicted in a similar way. the comfort and trust as well as the intimacy between them reminded me of the two protagonists described in mcewan´s work.
what stroke me most about the book was auster´s modernist approach - as already mentioned by finde-fuchs - the loose ends, a story told that vanishes, another which is left to be truth or fiction depending on how the reader imagines it, the generic approach to culture (buying a portuguese notebook from a chinese man in brooklyn,...) and all coming somehow together in the end.
a beautifully written book that i hopefully didn´t spoil too much for the future readers! i liked this book a lot and will read more of paul auster´s work in the future.
thank you for sharing this book. i will send it on to lakelady2282 as soon as i receive her address.
17/07 short update:
i figured out that lakelady lives in australia. as i am in germany right now i decided to wait and take the book home with me to australia before sending it to lakelady. this will save me money and i don´t think that it will take much longer as i will leave germany tomorrow and hopefully am able to send it her way in the end of the week.
25/07 i finally put the book in the mail this morning... sorry for the delay.
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I did find the main character a little selfindulgent.
To be released at September meeting at Live Sparks cafe, Warners Bay onSept. 15 at 7pm(I\
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for the September meetup
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I found the footnotes - carrying over a few pages, while the story stayed behind - annoying.
A great read.
Thanks very much and for the two lovely extras
With some of the previous entry I was concerned that I would find it hard or strange to read, but it was easy and the writing was simple to understand.
Sending to a lady in the US who is part of a Yahoo group I belong to. I have no iead if she is a bookcrosser, but I hope she looks at this book's adventures, as it has almost circled the world!!
CAUGHT IN BARRINGTON - VIA MAIL NH USA