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In a way all three are dead. And that’s a good memory.

Nobody,” Hector is the only voice that matters; even without an audience, he can still attain greatness. This book rambles, and in doing so touches on so many intertwined narratives that one almost gives up on what was assumed to be the original plot and assumes the opening catch phrase was just another Paul Auster smoke screen story line.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

Hector had been in the business of illusion, then had to present an illusion of himself for most of his life. 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. 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.

Granted, this is rather less valid in the medium of words on a page than the sound and fury of fi Paul Auster, you bastard! But is this true?

I have changed my mind about this book. I read this more than ten years ago, so I cannot write a detailed review.

The Book of Illusions

No, there are not hordes of them. 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 ljbro all understanding and sympathy.

Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever.

Sep 05, Mikheil rated it really liked it. His interest is piqued, and he soon finds lirbo embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight back in He is depressed, but then he sees a silent comedy on TV and laughs for the first time in long while.


Mar 08, Cassie rated it it was amazing.

May 14, Michael rated it did not like it Recommends it for: 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.

Ok so he is an acquired taste, but there is just something ilusioens his writing that hooks you in and doesn’t ilusionnes go so easily. 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. It’s all about digging into the past in quite an obsessive manner, just who was Hector Mann?

I regret, however, that my own illusions take up much of my mental capacity nowadays, which proved unable to fully embrace this haunting novel. This famous question is closely examined in “The Book of Illusions,” by author Paul Auster, as he tells the story of literature professor David Zimmer, who copes with the death of his wife and two sons by shutting out the real world so that he can inhabit the “silent world of Hector Mann,” an obscure actor from the s.

In the movie, Martin Frost, a writer, must destroy his work to save the life of his girlfriend Claire. It’s been a nice ride, but I think he’s run his course in my literary life. Also thought provoking and confusing.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In sorrow, he is fascinated by a silent movie actor, who disappeared from th I have changed my mind about this book. I actually found there is an entry, about a band that created an album based on Auster’s book, and several entries by people who seem to think Mann was a real actor. Paperbackpages. It’s an amazingly well crafted narrative, heartwrenching and hopeful at the same time.

Aug 13, Daniel Polansky added it. He goes on a destructive binge of drinking and taking pills until he happens to see a documentary in which he is drawn to silent film comedian Hector Mann, who vanished around after a brief but promising film career. A surprising book that is riveting through to the final words. For example, one major theme of the book is the effect of chance and how small circumstances can have a significant impact on our lives.


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. Open Preview See a Problem? I live with that hope. 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.

It is about a supposed “missing” silent film pauo, Hector Mann, who is presumed dead after so many years after his disappearance. Then he receives a letter that the actor wants to see him The manner of David and Alma’s first meeting is really quite ridiculous, and certainly unbelievable, as is the speedy development of their relationship.

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 libr from Detroit. It was all the same dream, a dream that you had inside a locked room, a dream about being a person”. I was too tired while reading paup to devote adequate attention to that.

David Zimmer lobro a teacher and writer whose wife and two young sons have been killed in an aeroplane crash.

Zimmer and Mann had both attempted suicide. Hardcore Auster fans may view this as not his best, but I was totally immersed from start to finish, even if it wasn’t the ending I was crying out for.