The Book of Illusions (2020)

The Book of Illusions Paul Auster The Book of Illusions Six months after losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self pity Then watching televis
  • Title: The Book of Illusions
  • Author: Paul Auster
  • ISBN: 9780312421816
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
The Book of Illusions Paul Auster Six months after losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self pity Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann Zimmer s interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around tSix months after losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self pity Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann Zimmer s interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929 and has been presumed dead for sixty years.When the book is published the following year, a letter turns up in Zimmer s mailbox bearing a return address from a small town in New Mexico inviting him to meet Hector Torn between doubt and belief, Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever The Book of Illusions is, in the words of Peter Carey, suffused with warmth and illuminated by its narrator s hard won wisdom This artful and elegant novel may be Auster s best ever.
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  1. Richard Derus

    Rating one furious, disgusted star of however many stars there are in a galaxyI ve never been fond of pompous writing, the kind that checks its look in the mirror of acclaim and piles on the self satisfied smirking smugness that makes me want to torch all the MFA schools I can reach.My review, which I ve moved to my blog, says that and Apparently the hoi polloi slithering in from the Internet s sanctimonious quarters don t agree with me, therefore I must be wrong.

  2. Will Byrnes

    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 But seeing a bit of silent film comedy on TV, he takes up the task of examining and writing a book about the work of one comedic genius from the 20 s 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 himse [...]

  3. Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Book of Illusions, Paul Auster The Book of Illusions is a novel by American writer Paul Auster, published in 2002 It was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2004.Set in the late 1980s, 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 After seeing one of the silent comedies of Hector Mann, an actor missing since the 1920s, he de [...]

  4. Erik

    Paul Auster, you bastard The man writes such depressing stuff As with the other Auster I ve read I know I ve only read 2 Austers, I am such a failure at being pretentious , I finished this and I was like what, why did I read this To explain myself I should say that I follow the Roger Ebert school of criticism Roger Ebert cares about how a movie makes him feel than on its technical merits Granted, this is rather less valid in the medium of words on a page than the sound and fury of film, but I s [...]

  5. Jill

    By reading this book I have become a die hard Auster fan The man is amazing So clever, so imaginitive, so poetic and almost profound 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 But this one, even in creating such an intricatedly woven network of a character experiences, never looses sight of its ultimate go [...]

  6. Krenzel

    WARNING FOR SPOILERS If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound or not 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 1920s After leaving a dozen movies behind that nobody seems to know about, Hector disap [...]

  7. Blair

    David Zimmer is a teacher and writer whose wife and two young sons have been killed in an aeroplane crash At his lowest ebb, suicidal and alcoholic, David sees a silent film on television and laughs for the first time since the tragedy Thereafter, he develops a fascination with the actor featured in the old movie, Hector Mann a minor star of silent comedies who vanished in 1929 and was never seen or heard of again Travelling around the world in order to visit the film archives containing Hector [...]

  8. George Georgiadis

    True Detective To realize that all your life, all your love, all your hate, all your memories, all your pain, it was all the same thing It was all the same dream, a dream that you had inside a locked room, a dream about being a person Auster .

  9. Doug

    I just recommended this book to someone stranded in the Minneapolis airport I had forgotten how much I liked it until I saw it sitting there quietly on the shelf, minding it s own business.This is why real books are so much awesome than ebooks they come back to tickle your mind That, and when you spill wine on them like I did on my copy of The Book of Illusions they don t give up the ghost in an electric funeral.Anyhow Take that, Minneapolis.

  10. Alika Yarnell

    A surprising book that is riveting through to the final words I say surprising because at first it s not clear as to what kind of book this is going to be As with some of Auster s other work, the novel is told through a first person narrator who happens to be a writer 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 strang [...]

  11. Ingrid

    Primo romanzo che leggo di un autore, Paul Auster, di cui ho letto sempre bene, special modo per il suo romanzo pi famoso, vale a dire Trilogia di N.Y Psicologicamente sopravvissuto alla morte della famiglia in un disastro aereo, David Zimmer attraversa un normale periodo di depressione e sconforto assoluto interrotto, quasi magicamente o, per l appunto, in modo illusorio , dalla visione di un film muto alla televisione In questa pellicola, che lo fa ridere fino alle lacrime, c un attore, il pro [...]

  12. Schuyler

    Oh Mr Auster, what are we to do with you This might have been the last book I end up reading by Paul Auster It s been a nice ride, but I think he s run his course in my literary life He s not doing anything great with language, though that s not really his thing anywayhe s about playing with narrative and building pseudo complex plots whose ideas aren t fully realized There was a lot in this novel that I found almost laughably cliche, but the bath tub sex scene towards the end stands out in my [...]

  13. The Reading Bibliophile

    I read this than ten years ago, so I cannot write a detailed review But I can still remember the feeling of eagerly reading this book And that s a good memory.

  14. Daniel Polansky

    This sucked Sucked sucked sucked sucked sucked Utterly mediocre Shoddily written, never pretty and often not even competent a rough third of the book consists of the narrator describing movies which don t exist The characters are paper thin, their motivations largely nonsensical 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 This was my third Auster book, as mentioned, and I feel confident it s [...]

  15. Benay

    Okudu um ikinci Paul Auster kitab yd.Yine ad m ad m beni avu lar na ald.Okuduk a sevdim, sevdik e okudum.David Zimmer in, kendisi gibi l m ve ya am aras nda bir yerlerde var olmaya al an bir komedi oyuncusunun hayat n inceleyerek ba lad hayata geri d n yolculu unu seveceksiniz nk hepimiz bazen kayboluruz, bizi mahveden olaylar ya ar ve yolumuzu bulamayaca m z san r z Ama hayat ya amak i in var ve g rmeyi istersek bir s r k yolu g zlerimizin n nde.

  16. Michael

    Paul Auster needs to stop Now In the beginning starting with The New York Trilogy his work was an interesting theoretical experiment As of late he s become a caricature of himself I m tempted to accuse him of plagiarizing the Paul Auster of 20 years ago The transcription of that court case would be like a general survey of his career and what he still insists on doing in his literature The prosecution Paul Auster would convince the jury that the defense Paul Austen, probably under a pseudonym ha [...]

  17. Cat

    Como sempre, demorar um m s ou mais como foi o caso a ler um livro mau sinal Especialmente se for um livro com menos de trezentas p ginas.Esta minha primeira vez com Paul Auster n o correu muito bem Custou me um bocado entrar na hist ria, j que eu n o estava nada espera de come ar com uma monografia sobre o cinema mudo do in cio do s culo vinte, e, quando a hist ria supostamente a ficar interessante, eu j tinha desmotivado.Claro que se eu tivesse conseguido gostar da hist ria, ou das personagens [...]

  18. Hans Castorp

    No es la primera vez que tengo esta sensaci n con Auster la obra empieza bien, crea sensaci n de intriga, te mantiene a lo largo de trescientas p ginas y justo en las ltimas veinte o treinta, pum todo se viene abajo Es como si Paul Auster no sepa como terminar la obra, como si no supiera hacerla redonda y la terminara con golpes repentinos suicidio, muertes histri nicas coletazos de un pintor cansado de estar ante el mismo cuadro d a tras d a En otras obras tiene su pase, en este caso creo que l [...]

  19. Carl

    A few of my favorite things smart men, secret lives, cinema, facial scars, multi layered mystery, artistic masterpieces unveiled, itchy sexual tensionI can t love this book any One of my favorite books ever.

  20. Bev

    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 1929 after a brief but promising film career 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 [...]

  21. Cassie

    I LOVED this book This is a story within a story within a story It s no wonder why it s called The Book of Illusions What I like most out of it is that you can choose what is real and what is fantasy Even if all the stories told within these pages are real fictional real, I mean , it is still takes you on an amazing metaphysical journey It is about a supposed missing silent film star, Hector Mann, who is presumed dead after so many years after his disappearance We learn about him through the res [...]

  22. Fiona

    A strong 4.5, highly recommended, and an excellent borrow from my housemate Clearly I should nick her stuff often.

  23. Meera

    I m a bit torn about this book, which may be the last Auster I read after a year long affair It suffers from many flaws It generally reads, as someone writes below, like a self parody You can t fault Paul Auster for trying to explore too many themes, too many kinds of characters, too many stages of life It drags a lot in the middle Ross and I were taking turns reading this aloud to each other from his Nook and we just stopped at some point months ago I finally picked it up on my own to finish, n [...]

  24. Betül

    Almost everything is perfect about Auster He portrays perfectly the lives of people who had frustrating losses but trying to cling to life who made big mistakes but trying to compensate them with functional and right acts and who lost their ways somehow but trying to make their existence meaningful again and do their best to the end Accordingly his fiction always gives me inspiration Whenever i read his books, i think about my life and my motivations, that s why i like reading him, he always man [...]

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