Oracle Night

By Paul Auster

A great novel by one of America's greatest novelists.
Published: April 2, 2022 Reading Time: 5 minutes rating: 10


I’m not an avid science fiction reader, but I’m trying to change that. Great novels are very entertaining and enriching that after reading a few ones I realized I’m missing out big time. This novel was recommended by my friend Karl Krispin who considers Paul Auster one of the great American novelists. He’s totally right.

I found it intriguing that the book is about a writer who struggles to get his creative juices flowing again after an accident. It seems to be a metaphor for Paul Auster himself.

But the most surprising and interesting thing about the plot is that there is a plot within a plot within a plot. Auster writes about a writer who is also writing about a novel. The story plays out in 3 layers, and the way it told and written is quite simply mind-blowing.

Once I picked up the book I couldn’t stop reading it until the end.

Notes & Highlights

  1. It saddens me that this is what a lot of people think of as a great and fulfilling life. Thankfully technology is helping us change this paradigm and allowing people to spend their time more wisely optimizing for the lifestyle they dream of. See here and here↩︎

  2. Reminded me of “Il Fu Mattia Pascal” by Luigi Pirandello ↩︎

  3. There is something uniquely human in working with one’s owns hands. ↩︎

  4. Always stop before you are out of ideas so you can pick the work at a precise point the next day instead of struggling to get started again. ↩︎

  5. Can’t Hurt Me ↩︎

  6. See On Writing ↩︎

  7. Good strategy for life in general. One must learn to let go and live in the present. How good things would be if one could just start afresh each day. ↩︎

  8. Iatrogenics ↩︎