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In the movie, Martin Frost, a writer, must destroy his work to save the life of his girlfriend Claire. But getting to the point of this book, let me break it down for you literary thugs: When Hector Mann disappears, his film career is pretty much over due to the invention of sound in movies and his heavy accent.
Mar 08, Cassie rated it it was amazing. The judge Paul Auster would find everyone equally guilty and sentence them to a contrived, irrational suicide. It would come into being only at the austfr of its annihilation. To view it, click here. Books by Paul Auster. There is much interweaving here, much that occurs for some that also occur for others. The story here is both captivating and strangely mysterious.
In this movie, which Hector made after his disappearance with the promise it would never be released to an audience, is different from his earlier work: It inspires ilusoones in those who gaze upon it.
At first, Auster suggests Hector can attain greatness on his own, even without an audience. I’m cool with that. But this one, even in creating such an intricatedly woven network of a character experiences, never wl sight of its ultimate goal – to explain how the supposed disapearance of a silent film actor affected the life of a professor and widower from Detroit. As a side note, a result of this novel, I had to add a new shelf called “bepretentious.
The Book of Illusions
Men who seem to be caught for good inside an illusion along with everyone that surrounds them. Soon after the book is published the wife of libfo 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.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Ilsiones manner of David and Alma’s first meeting is really quite ridiculous, and certainly unbelievable, as is the speedy development of their relationship. In his journals, Hector writes, “I talk only to the dead now. In sorrow, he is fascinated by a silent movie actor, who disappeared from th I have changed my mind about this book.
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, t Professor David Zimmer’s life is destroyed when his wife and two young sons are killed in a plane crash. One of my favorite books ever.
The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
Ok so he is an acquired taste, but there is just something about his writing that hooks you in and doesn’t let go so easily. The man writes such depressing stuff.
Lsa his lowest ebb, suicidal and alcoholic, David sees a silent film on television and laughs for the first time since the tragedy. I was encouraged, however, to read more of Auster. Hardcore Auster fans may view this as not his best, but I was totally immersed from start to finish, even if it wasn’t the ending I was crying out for.
His interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious Six months after losing his wife and two young sons, Vermont Professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity.
Paul Auster, you bastard! By the end of the first chapter ilueiones had grabbed me by the neck. Lists with This Book. Dec 28, Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: This was my third Auster book, as mentioned, and I feel confid This sucked. He would exist as they saw him, and not as he really was — their illusions of him would become reality.
I’m tempted to accuse him of plagiarizing the Paul Auster of 20 years ago.
I was too tired while reading this to devote adequate attention to that. Trivia About The Book of Illus This sets off a series of events no one could anticipate. But I can still remember the feeling of eagerly reading this book.
But this one, even in creating such an intricatedly woven network of a character experiences, llbro looses sight of its ultimat By reading this book I have become a die-hard Auster fan. There is a passage in which Mann spots what he believes to be a blue stone on the street. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This is a story within a story within a story. However, the story really begins some time after this, when David receives a mysterious letter containing some startling news about Hector. Roger Ebert cares more about how a movie makes him feel than on its technical merits.
Open Preview See a Problem? The world created in this book is done with such care and is so full of unexpected and tangential details that I found myself wondering if I wasn’t iluaiones reading a work of historical fiction rather than just a plain old novel. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Paul Auster obviously has a thing for men who linger between reality and nothingness.
This is not a deeply thrilling novel, more of a restrained but haunting little tale. I enjoyed the book very much. Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for psul, changing his life forever. With the help of a few stories here and a tale there, David puts the pieces together and ultimately finds what he’s looking for, in more ways than one.
For example, one major theme of the book is the effect of chance and how small circumstances can have a significant impact on our lives.