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Thereafter, he develops a fascination with the actor featured in the old movie, Hector Mann – a minor star of silent comedies who vanished in and was never seen or heard of again. Bound to each other, they meet only for an hour toward the end but the echo of their meeting is present after as much as before the event.

Then he receives a letter that the actor wants to see him The first pages were tough to read and I wasn’t sure lad I could make it to the end. No, there are not hordes of them.

The Book of Illusions

Aug 13, Daniel Polansky added it. Well, Auster does explain, but I found it unconvincing. It would come into being only at the moment of its annihilation. In sorrow, he is fascinated by a silent movie actor, who disappeared from th I have changed my mind about this book. And that’s a good memory.

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

When David discovers that Hector made some films that were never seen by anyone else, he questions whether art has any importance if it is not shared with and experienced by an audience. Open Preview See a Problem? It’s no wonder why it’s called “The Book of Illusions.


The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It inspires awe in those who gaze upon it. Then one night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann.

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. 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 At his lowest ebb, suicidal and alcoholic, David sees a silent film on television and laughs for the first time since the tragedy.

Paul Auster is not an easy read,always troubling in a way, but his style is beautiful, poetic and his stories always fascinating. Something precious falls into our arms and we call it a miracle. In his journals, Hector writes, “I talk only to the dead now. This was my third Auster book, as mentioned, and I feel confid This sucked.

This was my third Auster book, as mentioned, and I feel confident it’s going to be my last. I guess you either like Auster or you don’t. One more exhibit that the modern critical establishment just doesn’t have a goddamn idea what they’re doing.

As a result, book and reality mixed in an almost hurtful way. Dec 28, Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

The story line is intriguing: I was encouraged, however, to read more of Auster. Dec 07, Carl rated it it was amazing. Perhaps others will begin to laugh with you. The movie ends ambiguously with her questions and no answers from Martin.

There was a lot in this novel that I found almost ilusionss cliche, but the bath tub sex scene towards the end stands out in my mind. Feb 14, Alika Yarnell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: But the story ilusioens on me. 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. It is about a supposed “missing” silent film star, Hector Mann, who is presumed dead after so many years after his disappearance.


Paperbackpages. Sep ausyer, Mikheil rated it really liked it. What auzter real and what is illusion?

And a character in the book ultimately succeeds in such an attempt. Nobody,” is lws response to the frustration he feels about his career, as, in the film, his character takes a magic potion that makes him invisible. Hector had been in the business of illusion, then had to present an illusion of himself for most of his life. As a side note, a result of this novel, I had to add a oibro shelf called “bepretentious. David ZimmerHector Mann. View all 12 comments. And don’t worry none of that’s spoiler material, all on the first page basically.

He ends up writing a book about Mann and some time later receives a letter from a woman claiming to be Mann’s wife, auater that Mann is very much alive, but ill, and would like to meet with him.

Even if all the stories told within these pages are real fictional real, I meanit is still takes you on an amazing metaphysical journey. By the end of the first chapter it had grabbed me by the neck.

Auster is a master at seamlessly weaving complex themes into his prose without being heavy-handed or at the sacrifice of a good and entertaining story.