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Well, Auster does explain, but I found it unconvincing.

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Yet the imagining was ljbro to alter his life course. 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.

I was particularly impressed by how Auster writes about a film that doesn’t actually exist.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

The story line is intriguing: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Return to Book Page. 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. On balance I think I personally prefer Oracle Nightbut olusiones is plenty to recommend this story, especially for fans of the author. In his journals, Hector writes, “I talk only to the dead ilusiomes. This might have been the last book I end up reading by Paul Auster.


It’s a wuster 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. It’s an amazingly well crafted narrative, heartwrenching and hopeful at the same time. Stuff ensues, there are some themes brought up, there’s some angst, there’s some sex, you know the drill.

In a way all three are dead.

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.

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 Hector Mann that d be seen by audiences, seemingly content with the idea he is “no longer the Hector Mann who has amused us and entertained us. Apparently the hoi polloi slithering in from the Internet’s more sanctimonious quarters don’t agree with me, therefore I must be wrong.

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 man’s life is an illusion to all except those who share in it. As a side note, a result of this novel, I had to add a new shelf called “bepretentious.

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 explain myself I should say that I follow the Roger Ebert school of criticism. He has a detailed plan of what he will do with it, alive with human connection, only to find that it is a gob of spit. Zimmer begins to investigate the work of Hector Mann, an interest which becomes an obsession which takes him on a quest to see the 12 films which were mailed, anonymously, to 12 museums around the world. At his lowest ebb, suicidal and alcoholic, David sees a silent film on television and laughs for the first time since the tragedy.

Professor David Zimmer’s life is destroyed when his wife and two young sons are killed in a plane crash. 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.

Sep 05, Mikheil rated it really liked it.

What is real and what is illusion? I have a book by this author that is not on goodreads.

It is really interesting It’s been a nice ride, but I think he’s run his course in my literary life. Want to Read saving….

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