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Classic Auster misfires,
This review is from: Oracle Night (Hardcover)As big a fan of Auster that I am, it is through grated teeth that I admit that this isn't one of Auster's better pieces of fiction.
Though this clever novel harps back to the days of New York Trilogy, with intricate devices involving books within books, blue notebooks, despair, and references to Thoreaux, the final, brutal, climactic paragraphs seem too rushed and leave many questions, and character feelings, unanswered.
To a certain extent this is Auster's point, but any potential Oracle Night had is lost.
Having said that, the book is littered with classic Austerian imagery, from complex stories-within-stories to the mysterious M.R. Chang and Ed Victory and it's these alone that make Oracle Night worth reading. Maybe not in Hardback!