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

Books by Paul Auster. The movie ends ambiguously with her questions and no answers from Martin. It’s all about digging into the past in quite an obsessive manner, just who was Hector Mann?

As a result, book and reality mixed in an almost hurtful way. 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.

David’s ruminations are mirrored in various ways throughout the narrative – David withdraws from life, librro himself away and becomes invisible, so it seems ironic that he becomes obsessed with a silent movie star; Hector makes a film called ‘Mr. Aug 20, Bev rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Men whose realities take a turn towards the vague, so much so, laa they seem to dress themselves in the vagueness that surrounds them.


Then he receives a letter that the actor wants to see him As with some of Auster’s other work, ,ibro novel is told through a first-person narrator who happens to be a writer. I wish that I had kept better track of characters. I read this more than ten years ago, so I cannot write a detailed review.

The Book of Illusions

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.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. This was my third Auster book, as mentioned, and I feel confident it’s going to be my last.

Men who lose everything or men who never really had anything to begin with. I was too tired while reading this to devote adequate attention to that.

This book rambles, and in doing so touches on so many intertwined narratives that one almost gives up on what lbro assumed to be the original plot and assumes the opening catch phrase was just another Paul Auster smoke screen story line. Mar ilusiojes, Cassie rated it it was amazing. Paul Auster needs to stop.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

Like the confusing answers to the question of the movie that nobody sees, “The Book of Illusions” is full of other confusing themes and contradictions. 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 him After having lost his wife and children in a plane crash, writer and teacher David Zimmer is on a path of self-destruction, drinking, behaving badly around people, rejecting any and all understanding and sympathy.


Sep 15, Will Byrnes rated it liked it. The story line is intriguing: Professor David Zimmer’s life is destroyed when his wife and two young sons are killed in a plane crash.

So clever, so imaginitive, so poetic and almost profound. 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.

Lists with This Book. The judge Paul Auster would find everyone equally guilty and sentence them to a contrived, irrational suicide. However, while there are 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.

Return to Book Page. I just wish that I had tracked the braiding of the stories.

It is about a supposed “missing” silent film e, Hector Mann, who is presumed dead after so many years after his disappearance. Where would the point in that be, after all? The prosecution Paul Auster would convince the jury that the defense Paul Austen, probably under a p Paul Auster needs to stop.