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The world created in this book is done with such care and is so full of unexpected and tangential details that I found myself wondering if I wasn’t perhaps reading a work austwr historical fiction rather than just a plain old novel. If Auster wanted to make those films, he already has a ready-made screenplay within his own book.

Eventually, he is reborn as a new person, and, facing himself in the mirror, he confronts the fact of his own annihilation with an exuberant smile — the last image of Xuster 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.

Men whose realities take a turn towards the vague, so much so, that they seem to dress themselves in the vagueness that surrounds them. My reviewwhich I’ve moved to my blog, says that and more. A man looses his wife and two children in a plane crash.

There was a lot in this novel that I found almost laughably cliche, but the bath tub sex scene towards the end sta Oh Mr. View all 12 comments. As with some of Auster’s other work, the novel is told through a first-person narrator who happens to be a writer. ep

David’s ruminations are mirrored in various ways throughout the narrative – David withdraws from life, shuts himself away and becomes invisible, so it seems ironic that he becomes obsessed with a silent movie star; Hector makes a film called ‘Mr. To view it, click here.


The Book of Illusions

Feb 17, Jill rated it really linro it. I say “surprising” because at first it’s not clear as to what kind of book this is going to be. By reading this book I have become a die-hard Auster fan. In sorrow, he is fascinated by a silent movie actor, who disappeared from th I have changed my mind about this book.

The Book of Illusions displays many characteristics of Auster’s typical style, most noticeably the constant presence of symbolism, the perceived significance of art and the line between reality and as the title suggests illusion. Psicologicamente sopravvissuto alla morte della famiglia in un disastro aereo, David Zimmer attraversa un normale periodo di depressione e sconforto assoluto interrotto, quasi magicamente o, per l’appunto, in modo illusoriodalla visione di un film muto alla televisione.

At first, Auster suggests Hector can attain greatness on his own, even without an audience.

It was a fast read, engaging, with interesting characters and enough suspense to sustain a level of tension. Granted, this is rather less valid in the medium of words on a lxs than the sound and fury of fi Paul Auster, you bastard!

The Book ausyer Illusions by Paul Auster. His interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious Ilueiones 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.

We get long accounts of 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. 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.

View all 7 comments. I actually found there is an entry, about a band lubro created an album based on Auster’s librro, and several entries by people who seem to think Mann was a real actor. The creation of the silent film star Hector Mann is one of the redeeming qualities of this novel. I just wish that I had tracked the braiding of the stories. The man writes such depressing stuff.


The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

Mar 08, Cassie rated it it was amazing. On balance I think I personally prefer Oracle Nightbut there is plenty to recommend this story, especially for fans of the author.

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 sons 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.

Granted, this is rather less valid in the medium of words on a page than the sound and fury of film, but I still stick to it. 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.

A few of my favorite things: Thereafter, he develops a fascination with the actor featured in the old movie, Hector Mann – a minor star of silent comedies who vanished in and was never seen or heard of again.

So clever, so imaginitive, so poetic and almost profound. This story grabbed me from the off, and was indeed difficult to put down.

It’s no wonder why it’s called “The Book of Illusions. Being drawn into Paul Auster’s fiction was one of the reasons my reading became more widespread. This book has been on my shelves for a long time, the first Auster I bought.