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The Book of Illusions

It is about a supposed “missing” silent film star, Hector Mann, who is presumed dead after so many years after his disappearance. David Yes it is; definitely. I read this more than ten years ago, so I cannot write a detailed review.

Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. Jan 23, Richard Derus rated it did not like it.

The man writes such depressing stuff. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to lubro. This is not a deeply thrilling novel, more of a restrained but haunting little tale.

It’s an amazingly well crafted narrative, heartwrenching and hopeful at the same time. I have no problem trashing Plath’s Bell-jar, regardless of its supposed literary merit or historical significance, because it bored and annoyed me. 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 a professor and widower from Detroit.


Even if all the stories told within these pages are real fictional real, I meanit is still takes you on an amazing metaphysical journey. A man looses his wife and two children in a plane crash. That, and when ilusilnes 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.

Like the confusing answers to the question of the movie that nobody sees, “The Book of Illusions” is full of other confusing themes and contradictions. However, while there are some small circumstances which impact the action in the book, for the most part, the major events are more like contrived and implausible plot devices — an ex-girlfriend killed by a current girlfriend, a wife and two ilusionse lost in a plane crash, David held at gunpoint so that he will watch a movie, a tough fall resulting in another death, a suicide, a possible murder.

A dazzling masterpiece of fiction! Auster has taken an interesting device for writing a single novel, and made it into his lws of literature. Dec 28, Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: In a way all three are dead. A man’s life is an illusion to all except those who share in it. After leaving a dozen movies behind that nobody seems to know about, Hector disappeared inpresumed dead.

However, a later film, “The Inner Life of Martin Frost,” questions this notion that artists can attain greatness without sharing their work with others. But getting to the point of this book, let me break it down for ilusionez literary thugs: But the book takes several turns and we get our narrator back–with interest–as a series of events unfold in a haunting and devastating way.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There are elements of the story that are, from a distance, completely implausible. May 14, Michael rated it did pau like it Recommends it for: Return to Book Page. In his journals, Hector writes, “I talk only to the dead now. This was my third Auster book, as mentioned, and I feel confid This sucked.

I just recommended this book to someone stranded in the Minneapolis airport. The characters are paper thin, their motivations largely nonsensical.

In sorrow, he is fascinated by a silent movie actor, who disappeared from th I have changed my mind about this book. Auster is a master at seamlessly weaving complex themes into his prose without being heavy-handed or at the sacrifice of a good and entertaining story.

Paperbackpages. Apparently the hoi polloi slithering in from the Internet’s more sanctimonious quarters don’t agree with me, therefore I must be wrong.

As a result, book and reality mixed in an almost hurtful way. Sep 15, Will Byrnes rated it liked it. I was encouraged, however, to read more of Auster.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

A surprising book that is riveting through to the final words. To explain myself I should say that I follow the Roger Ebert school of criticism. I guess you either like Auster or you don’t.