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I wish that I had kept better track of characters.

The characters are paper thin, their motivations largely nonsensical. This story grabbed me from the off, and was indeed difficult to put down. But the story grew on me. An almost ridiculously funny book.

Trivia About Ahster Book of Illus Are these really “small circumstances” of chance? 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.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

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 austr narrator involved, that we aren’t reading a third-person account of this filmmaker’s A surprising book that is riveting through to the final words. 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 Libdo Mann, who vanished around after a brief but promising film career.

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There is a passage in which Mann spots what he believes to be a blue stone on the street. 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.


I have a book by this author that is not on goodreads. May 14, Michael rated it did not like it Recommends it for: David Yes it is; definitely. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Roger Ebert cares more about how a movie makes him feel than on its technical merits. 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 of historical fiction rather than just a plain old novel.

But is this true?

He oibro up writing a book about Mann and 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. Maybe illusions are what we tell ourselves, what we need, in order to survive.

We learn about him through the research of another man, David Zimmer, whose own life is on a downward spiral.

There are elements of the story that are, from a distance, completely implausible. The first pages were tough to read and I wasn’t sure if I could make it to the end. Men whose realities take a turn towards the vague, so much so, that they seem to dress themselves in the vagueness that surrounds them.

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. 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.

At first, Auster suggests Hector can attain greatness on his own, even without an audience. This could be viewed as the brother to ‘The New York Trilogy’, covering roughly the same sort of ground in places here, but whereas TNYT had cold complexities that either sucked you in, or drove you away, this although complex, has a warmer feel to it and by far is easier to read.


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.

Men who lose everything or men who never really had anything to begin with. There is much parallelism here, Zimmer with both Hector Mann, the ancient film-maker and Chateaubriand, the author of a lengthy autobiography that Ligro is translating.

Sep 15, Will Byrnes rated it liked it. Iludiones 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.

The Book of Illusions

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 seeing one of the silent comedies of Hector Mann, an actor missing since the s, he decides to occupy himself by watching all of Mann’s films and writing a book about them. It was a fast read, engaging, with interesting characters and enough suspense to sustain a level of tension.

United States of America. If you likewise enjoy calling famous authors bastards, then I recommend this book to you highly. Soon after the book is published the wife of the supposedly dead film-maker contacts Zimmer to ask if he might like to meet the man himself. It is really interesting