Rory’s Book Club: Oracle Night

During the first five minutes of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, I checked the DVD box three times, read six reviews of the movie online, restarted it four times, & tried to figure out why my DVD was “broken” & would only play some weird director’s cut.  It took me another twenty minutes to settle into the movie, I liked the story, but the way it was told was just too choppy, it took a lot of getting used too. (Note: Since I’ve figured out I did have the directors cut)

I felt the same way about the book “Oracle Night” by Paul Auster, except that I never settled into it.  I was reading a book about someone writing a book about someone reading a book.  It also didn’t help that there are footnotes that go on for 3-4 pages at a time, some of the footnotes are fiction, others are real. The footnotes could’ve easily been worked into the story, all & all it felt like a first draft that accidentally got printed before it was finished.

This is Paul Auster’s eleventh novel.  It’s obvious because he never would’ve gotten away with this in his first novel.  Again, it’s not the story, the story is great, it’s just the way it is written.  Very avante garde, there’s a reason books haven’t been written like this before, they are impossible to read. I will give him another try on one of his earlier novels to see if it’s any better, if anyone can recommend any other Paul Auster books, I would love to hear about them.  It’s like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, but without the good stuff.

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I've watched every episode of Gilmore Girls several times. I moved to a small town that reminded me of Stars Hollow. I've subconsciously had my haircut to look like Lorelai. Gilmore Girls is my life, I just have to find Luke. (Well, I didn't have a kid when I was 16, but other than that...)

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  1. Tim King

    Hee hee. I’ve never read Oracle Night, but I often encounter this phenomenon. Independent filmmakers do it, too. They rail against “the man” and say how they want to do their own thing. And I can appreciate that. But then they feel they need to be creative and do something that no one else is doing. Ugh. There’s nothing wrong with use time-tested patterns that work. That doesn’t make you any less creative.

    -TimK

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