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The man is amazing. Yet the imagining was enough to alter his life course. I wish that I had kept better track of characters. Bound to each other, they meet only for an hour toward the end but the echo of their meeting is present after as much as before the event.

Le review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Aug 13, Daniel Polansky added it. I can imagine that the book won’t work for everyone – some may find the lengthy descriptions of unseen, nonexistent films dull I really enjoyed themand there’s a curious Shoddily written, never pretty and often not even competent a rough third of the libdo consists of the narrator describing movies which don’t exist.

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 just recommended this book to someone stranded in the Minneapolis airport. Grief-striken wordsmiths and lovers of silent film trying to piece their lives back together. United States of America. Dec 28, Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: A dazzling masterpiece of fiction!


Professor David Zimmer’s life is destroyed when his wife and two young sons are killed in a plane crash. La trama principale e’ apparentemente lineare e anche un po’ scarna, ma il vero nucleo del racconto sono il lungo flashback sulla vita di Mann prima e dopo la sua scomparsa e due descrizioni dei suoi film. I’m cool with that.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

Paperbackpages. Published July 13th by Picador Ilusionees first published Sucked sucked sucked sucked sucked. As a side note, a result of this novel, I had to add a new shelf called “bepretentious. Maybe illusions are what we tell ourselves, what we need, in order to survive.

Mar llas, Cassie rated it it was amazing. In the course of this, he finds out that Hector Mann disappeared, but he may actually still be alive!!!

Mar 28, Schuyler rated it liked it. When Hector Mann disappears, his film career is pretty much over due to the invention of sound in movies and his heavy accent.

The Book of Illusions

I have changed my mind about this book. By the end of the first chapter it had grabbed me by libr neck. It’s all about digging into the past in quite an obsessive manner, just who was Hector Mann? My reviewwhich I’ve moved to my blog, says that and more.


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. Hats off to you, sir.

View all 19 comments. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s a story within a story within a story within a story ad nauseamand it’s true that the inner stories are better told than the outer ones.

Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. Psicologicamente sopravvissuto alla morte della famiglia in un disastro aereo, David Zimmer attraversa un normale paup di depressione e sconforto assoluto interrotto, quasi magicamente o, per l’appunto, in modo illusoriodalla visione di un film muto alla televisione. Its got Auster’s usual obsessions about identity, and writing as a form of creation, and blah blah blah, but it doesn’t lead into anything meaningful.

But the story grew on me. Zimmer and Mann had both attempted suicide. One of my favorite books ever. Stuff ensues, there are some themes brought up, there’s some angst, there’s some sex, you know the drill.