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Y en paralelo a la novela de Nick, Orr va contando la novela de su propia vida, de su encuentro y su matrimonio con Grace, una mujer cuyo pasado desconoce Paperbackpages. Published October 1st by Anagrama first published New York State United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Ma il senso di questo libro? La recensione dietro palesemente falsa e acchiappa lettori. Cosa ho appena letto? Il nulla, vabe va facciamoci una risata ahah. Oct 18, M. I really enjoyed the beginning of this one. I thought we would be wading into a delightfully unnerving territory.

Instead, it was all the randomness? I can appreciate the message, but there were too many threads in this book that went nowhere. In the end, I felt like it spoke a lot without saying much of anything. Alas, my first Auster may be my last. It’s just not my cuppa. I’m not sure what to think about this book. I can’t say I didn’t like it at all, but I was far from being thrilled. I found it hard to get into it, for the first 50 pages or so that is to say, one quarter of the novel One thing that really got on my nerves fairly quickly were the footnotes, some of which spanned over 4 or 5 pages.

They felt like artificial inserts, like information that wasn’t so necessary to the narrative itself and that didn’t add much to the characters, on top of ita I’m not sure what to think about this book. They felt like artificial inserts, like information that wasn’t so necessary to the narrative itself and that didn’t add much to the characters, on top of itand I’m pretty sure that Auster could’ve done much better than that if really those extras were so important to his story.

In fact, both the title and the 4th cover summary led me to expect something different, and I felt that things weren’t exploited as well as they could have been the stories within the story were interesting, so I would’ve liked the author to give them proper endings.


Also the end was quite rushed and falling flat. The characters didn’t appeal to me either, some of their reactions being frankly over the top. Guys, you don’t bully your wife into having a child against her will. Not the best I’ve read of him.

A story within a story within a story, with intersecting characters. Fiction is interspersed with facts. Probably it was because of the many footnotes that explain certain events and characters It was actually all good until the end. Is it the same case as the sub-stories in the book — for one man A story within a story within a story, with intersecting characters. I would have given this 3 stars if only because of the high points, but that would be cheating. Met Paul Auster on a shoot.

He spoke a lot about coincidences and the ideas of mysticism that surround them. Even though he doesn’t particularly buy into those ideas, i coincidentally FOUND a copy of this book the very next day. So i’m reading it.

Not a good book I still don’t know where the book is about. The story is just about somebody and how things go in his life. The main character was writing a book and some things happened, all more ore less ar random. There certainly wasn’t some kind of tension while reading the book. There was not really a moment that I was cauth by the book and enjoyed the story.

Hmm, they say that you either love or hate Paul Auster’s works. I must say I belong to the latter category.

Paul Auster’s novel 4 3 2 1 caught my eye. I didn’t buy it that time, since it was a fairly thick book and I didn’t want to lug it all day long while exploring Chartres. In any case, I forgot about it until I was back in Berlin, in the house of a friend, when I saw his book Hmm, they say that you either love or hate Paul Auster’s works.

In any case, I forgot about it until I was back in Berlin, in the house of a friend, when I saw his bookshelf, loaded with several of Paul Auster’s novels, including 4 3 2 1. I asked him for his opinion about that novel, and he said that if I hadn’t read any of Paul Auster’s work, then he doesn’t suggest I begin with that.

La noche del oráculo by Paul Auster (2 star ratings)

He lent me Oracle Night instead. And boy I must say I am glad I have read this thin book instead, since I seem to hate the style. See, this book oracuko the frame narrative, which is a literary device that I actually rel. However, the characters are all entities that I find hard to relate, let alone sympathise. It felt like reading Salman Rushdie with ordinary people.

No, I take that back.

It felt like reading Salman Rushdie with annoying and irritating people. So why are they irritating? The thing is, these people whether it’s the narrator Sidney Orr, or oracluo protagonist in the novel Nochd is writing, or the various other people that come and go are irrational, and they throw reason out the window the moment some coincidence appears.


One guy almost got killed by a falling concrete gargoyle, and because of that decides to drop everything and fly out to Kansas City and change careers.

He ends up being a handyman cataloguing tomes and tomes of phonebooks from all over the world, which are all stored in an underground bunker library where he accidentally traps himself. Absurd, bizarre, and outright unbelievable. I mean, I know that life is full of coincidences. But just because there are coincidental and random things one encounters on a daily basis, doesn’t mean that reason is futile.

I wish I didn’t pick up that book in a bookstore in Copenhagen. I ended up being irritated by it. And I remember my irritation as exactly the same feeling I had when I was reading this book. I must say, the ending was quite interesting. The author successfully wrapped up things and tied everything together, providing a plausible ending. There were some stories that didn’t have an ending: Auster simply employed deus ex machina and ended these stories by having the narrator rip apart the pages and throw them away.

But at least the main story had a plausible wrap-up.

Oh, I also didn’t understand why the author was playing quite a few racist stereotypes. There were three characters that were not white. There’s Chang, a Chinese immigrant who has a small stationary store but later violently attacks the main character.

There’s Martine, a prostitute from Haiti. And there’s Regine, a housekeeper from Martinique. So why are all the non-white characters given these roles of second-class citizens?

Given that this novel was published inI find it ludicrous. Overall, I didn’t enjoy this novel. And I don’t think I am going to try any other of Paul Auster’s novels any time soon. I suppose I won’t put 4 3 2 1 on my reading list.

La noche del oráculo

I give this 2 out of 5 stars. See my other book reviews here. I found this book very annoying. The footnotes caused me to break the flow of the story line and get into unimportant detail. And the book within a book within a book was a way to cover up that there was no plot. And why did he follow Mr Chang, and how did he loose the manuscript. Many things happen to him but WHY?