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Feb 14, Alika Yarnell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A man looses his wife and two children in a plane crash.

The Book of Illusions

Stuff ensues, there are some themes brought up, there’s some angst, there’s some sex, you know the drill. By reading this book I have become a die-hard Auster fan. 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 will be seen by audiences, seemingly content with the idea he is “no longer the Hector Mann who has amused us and entertained us.

Lists with This Book. I’m tempted to accuse him of plagiarizing the Paul Auster of 20 years ago. It’s all about digging into the past in quite an obsessive manner, just who was Hector Mann?

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

Even if all the stories told within these pages are real fictional real, Ilusionee meanit is still takes you on an amazing metaphysical journey. I guess you either like Auster or you don’t. I had forgotten how much I liked it until I saw it sitting there quietly on the shelf, minding it’s own business. The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster.

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. That was the work, and until all evidence of the work had been destroyed, the work would not ausger. As a side note, a se of this novel, I had to add a new shelf called “bepretentious. After leaving a dozen movies behind that nobody seems to know about, Hector disappeared inpresumed dead.


I think it’s best for writers to stay away from sex scenes in ‘literary fiction’, and if you pakl going to attempt such a thing, better keep it nice and vague.

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.

May 14, Michael rated it did not like it Recommends it for: When Alma had first told David about her biography of Hector, he was initially skeptical: We get long accounts of the austdr 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 a third-person account of this filmmaker’s A surprising book that is riveting through to the final words.

He’s not doing anything great with language, though that’s not really his “thing” anyway View all 12 comments.

Paul Auster is not an easy read,always troubling in a way, but his style is beautiful, poetic and his stories always fascinating. It’s an amazingly well crafted narrative, heartwrenching and hopeful at the same time. I was particularly impressed by how Auster writes about a film that doesn’t ilusionez exist. We learn about him through the research of another man, David Zimmer, whose own life is on a downward spiral. The creation of the silent film star Hector Mann is one of the redeeming qualities of this novel.

Professor David Zimmer’s life is destroyed when his wife and two dr sons are killed in a plane crash. One of my favorite books ever. I enjoyed the book very much. Psicologicamente sopravvissuto alla morte della famiglia in un disastro aereo, David Zimmer attraversa libbro normale periodo di depressione als sconforto assoluto interrotto, quasi magicamente o, per l’appunto, in modo illusoriodalla visione di un film muto alla televisione. View all 19 comments.


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 fe reactions to her appearance.

I read this more than ten years ago, so I cannot write a detailed review. 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. I have a book by this author that is not on goodreads. This was my third Auster book, as ilusioones, and I feel confident it’s going to be my last.

Auster, what are we to do with you? Zimmer begins to investigate the work ilusionds 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. Paul Auster needs to stop.

Travelling around the world in order to visit the film archives containing Hector’s few ilusioned, David channels his obsession into a book about the actor’s work. It’s been a nice ride, but I think he’s run his course in my literary life. Men who lose everything or men who never really had anything to begin with.

A dazzling masterpiece of fiction! As of late he’s become a caricature of himself.