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But this one, even in creating such an intricatedly woven network of a character experiences, never looses sight of its ultimate goal – to explain how the supposed disapearance of a silent film actor affected the life of ;aul professor and widower from Detroit.

Nobody,” Hector is the only voice that matters; even without an audience, he can still attain greatness. But I can still remember the ilussiones of eagerly reading iluwiones book.

Yet the imagining was enough to alter his life course. Shoddily written, never pretty and often not even competent a rough third of the book consists of the narrator describing movies which don’t exist. This was my third Auster book, as mentioned, and I feel confid This sucked. Quotes from The Book of Illus The story wuster is intriguing: There are elements of the story that are, from a distance, completely implausible.

But the book takes several turns and we get our narrator iluwiones interest–as a series of events unfold in a haunting and devastating way.

It’s an amazingly well crafted narrative, heartwrenching and hopeful at the same time. His interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious Six months after losing his wife and two young sons, Vermont Professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I think it’s best for writers to stay away from sex scenes in ‘literary fiction’, and if you are going to attempt such a thing, better keep it nice and vague. Feb 14, Alika Yarnell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: But this one, even in creating such an intricatedly woven network of a character experiences, never looses sight of its ultimat By reading this book I have become a die-hard Auster fan.


Sometimes an illusion can be a helpful thing, as when Zimmer is comforted by Alma on the plane see below.

Apparently the hoi polloi slithering in from the Eel more sanctimonious quarters don’t agree with me, therefore I must be wrong. Indifference of that magnitude is rare and because it can be achieved only by someone ready to let go of who he is, it demands respect. After leaving a dozen movies behind that nobody seems to know about, Hector disappeared inpresumed dead.

This sets off a series of events no one could anticipate. Eventually, he is reborn as a new person, and, facing himself in the mirror, he confronts the fact of his pqul annihilation with an exuberant smile — the last image of Hector Mann that will be seen by audiences, seemingly content with the idea he is “no longer the Hector Mann who has amused us and entertained us.

I wish that I had kept better track of characters. That, and when you spill wine on them like I did on my copy of The Book of Illusions they don’t give up the ghost in an electric funeral. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I have read through the negative reviews for this book and must add that this was my introduction to Auster, so I don’t have the luxury of comparing this to his previous works.

Then he receives a letter that the actor wants to see him There is much parallelism here, Zimmer with both Hector Mann, the ancient film-maker and Chateaubriand, the author of a lengthy autobiography that Zimmer is translating. Lss through the American mid-west and finally New Mexico, nothing could prepare Zimmer for just what is about to follow It’s a story within a story within a story within a story ad nauseamand it’s true that the inner stories are better told than the outer ones.

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I guess you either like Auster or you don’t. The characters are paper thin, their motivations largely nonsensical. Hector had been in the business of illusion, then had to present an illusion of himself for most of his life. The transcription of that court case would be like a general survey of his career and what he still insists on doing in his literature.


And that’s a good memory.

The first pages were tough to read and I wasn’t sure if I could make it to the end. But I think this is where the genius of Auster’s writing really lies, in suspending the reader’s disbelief and immersing you so deeply into the story that these strange events seem believable. This story grabbed me from the off, and was indeed difficult to put down.

Worth reading for a few pieces of stellar writing. David Yes it is; definitely.

dw He ends up writing a book about Mann akster some time later receives a letter from a woman claiming to be Mann’s wife, saying that Mann is very much alive, but ill, and would like to meet with him. This was my third Auster book, as mentioned, and I feel confident it’s going to be my last.

After having lost his wife and children in a plane crash, writer and teacher David Zimmer is on a path of self-destruction, drinking, behaving badly around people, rejecting any and all understanding and sympathy.

To view it, click here. I’m tempted to accuse him of plagiarizing the Paul Auster of 20 years ago. Perhaps others will begin to laugh with you. A few of my favorite things: View all comments. In sorrow, he is fascinated by a silent movie actor, who disappeared from the face of the earth a long time ago, and writes a book about him.

We get long accounts lass the book he is writing about a silent filmmaker who went missing some years prior and almost forget that there is a narrator involved, that we aren’t reading a third-person account of this filmmaker’s strange life.

A dazzling masterpiece of fiction! My reviewwhich I’ve moved to my blog, says that and more. As with some of Auster’s other work, the novel is told through a first-person narrator who happens to be a writer. They are the only ones I trust, the only ones who understand me.

Travelling around the world in order to visit the film archives containing Hector’s few movies, David channels his obsession into a book about the actor’s work.

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