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Apparently the hoi polloi slithering in from the Internet’s more sanctimonious quarters don’t agree with me, therefore I lqs be wrong. The manner of David and Alma’s first meeting is really quite ridiculous, and certainly unbelievable, as is the speedy development of their relationship.

The first pages were tough to read and I wasn’t sure if I could make it to the end.

And a character in the book ultimately succeeds in such an attempt. The Book of Illusions displays many characteristics of Auster’s typical style, most noticeably the libto presence of symbolism, the perceived significance of art and the line between reality and as the title suggests illusion.

I wish that I had kept better track of characters. 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.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

Mar ds, Cassie rated it it was amazing. May 14, Michael rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I have no problem trashing Plath’s Bell-jar, regardless of its supposed literary merit or historical significance, because it bored and annoyed me.


Men who lose everything or men who never really had anything to begin with.

I’m cool with that. This is not a deeply thrilling novel, more of a restrained but haunting little tale. I can’t love this book any more.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster. Then he receives a letter that the actor wants to see him It’s an amazingly well crafted narrative, heartwrenching and hopeful at the same time. La trama principale e’ apparentemente lineare e anche un po’ scarna, ma il vero nucleo del racconto sono il lungo flashback sulla vita di Mann prima e eel la sua scomparsa e due descrizioni dei suoi film.

Aug 13, Daniel Polansky added it. One of my favorite books ever. This book has been on my shelves for a long time, the first Auster I bought.

View all comments. On balance I think I personally prefer Oracle Nightbut there is plenty to recommend this story, especially for fans of the author. See all 3 questions about The Book of Illusions….

Paul Auster, you bastard!

The Book of Illusions

The characters are paper thin, their motivations largely nonsensical. Paull, rather than the emphasis being on language and writing, the focus is on Hector’s films and their visual impact, though of course the power of storytelling is still key.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is about a supposed “missing” silent film star, Hector Mann, who is presumed dead after so many years after his disappearance. 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: There is much parallelism here, Zimmer with both Hector Mann, the ancient film-maker and Chateaubriand, the author of a lengthy autobiography that Zimmer is translating.

But the book takes several turns and we get our narrator back–with interest–as a ilusines of events unfold in a haunting and devastating way. 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.

Mar 28, Schuyler rated it liked it. The judge Paul Auster would find everyone equally guilty and sentence them to a contrived, irrational suicide. The prosecution Paul Auster would convince the jury that the defense Paul Austen, probably under a pseudonym has committed some innate crime against human nature dealing with identity and structuralism.