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However, while there ,as 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.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

Its got Auster’s usual obsessions about identity, and austeer as a form of creation, and blah blah blah, but it doesn’t lead into anything meaningful. He’s not doing anything great with language, though that’s not really his “thing” anyway It’s all about digging into the past in quite an obsessive manner, just who was Hector Mann? Not that I regret the illusions themselves.

Nobody,” is a response to the frustration he feels about his career, as, in the film, his character takes a magic potion that makes him invisible.

This is a story lws a story within a story. 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.

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But the story grew on me. One more exhibit that the modern critical establishment just doesn’t have a goddamn idea what they’re doing.

The man writes such depressing stuff. I bought into it, I was convinced. Professor David Zimmer’s life is destroyed when his wife and two young sons are killed in a plane crash. And a character in the book ultimately succeeds in such an attempt.

Stuff ensues, there are some themes brought up, there’s some angst, there’s some sex, you know the drill.

But is this true?

Nobody’ in which he literally becomes invisible, and then, in his real life, he disappears; another character, Alma, is made more visible by a large birthmark on her face, yet she feels this gives her the ability to instantly see others’ true characters through their reactions to her appearance. Hats off ilusionws you, sir. I’m tempted to accuse him of plagiarizing the Paul Auster of 20 years ago. Liro Hector Mann disappears, his film career is pretty much over due to the invention of sound in movies and his heavy accent.


In sorrow, he is fascinated by a silent movie actor, who disappeared from th I have libri my mind about this book. As of late he’s become a caricature of himself. I regret, however, that my own illusions take up much of my mental capacity nowadays, which proved unable to fully embrace this haunting novel.

The Book of Illusions

He lives in Brooklyn, New York. This was librk third Auster book, as mentioned, and I feel confid This sucked. Men who seem to be caught for good inside an illusion along with everyone that surrounds them. Here, rather than the emphasis being on language and writing, the focus is on Hector’s films and their visual impact, though of course the power of storytelling is still key.

Auster is a master at ayster weaving complex themes into his prose without being heavy-handed or at palu sacrifice of a good and entertaining story. This is not a deeply thrilling novel, more of a restrained but haunting little tale. Eventually, he is reborn as llibro new person, and, facing himself in the mirror, he confronts the fact of his own 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.

Dec 07, Carl rated austsr it was amazing. I say “surprising” because at first it’s not clear as to what kind of book this is going to be. 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. Could the great silent film star have been pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes all this time?

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 lirbo third-person account of this filmmaker’s strange life.

Set in the late s, the story is written from the perspective of David Zimmer, a university professor who, after losing his wife and children in a plane crash, falls into a routine of depression and isolation. See all 3 questions about The Book of Illusions…. Are these really “small circumstances” of chance? Where would the point in that be, after all? As with some of Auster’s other work, the novel is told through a first-person narrator who happens to be a writer. Traversing through the American mid-west and finally New Mexico, nothing could prepare Zimmer for just what is about to follow 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.


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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is about a supposed “missing” silent film star, Hector Mann, who is presumed dead after so many years after his disappearance. 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.

The creation of the silent film star Hector Mann is one of the redeeming qualities of this novel. Yet the imagining was enough to alter his life course.

Mar 28, Schuyler rated it liked it. Roger Ebert cares more about how a movie makes him feel than on its technical merits. 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.

As a side note, a result of this novel, I had to add a new shelf called “bepretentious. Most of all, he hopes that someday the lost films of Hector Mann — the ones that Frieda destroyed — will be found somehow so others can enjoy them like he did, “and the story will start all over again.

I wish that I had kept better track of characters.