The Book of Illusions
A NATIONAL BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOKSix 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. One night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost film by silent comedian Hector... show more
A NATIONAL BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOKSix 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. One night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann. His 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. 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. Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever.
Publish date: October 27th 2009
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
I'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. http://tinyurl.com/lyb8649 My review, which I've moved to my blog, says that and more. Ap...
I am still trying to find the right words to describe this work of art. Or, I guess I just did. Absolutely amazing. There couldn't be any other way to turn this book into a better romance than it is. The level of mistery, despair, anguish, belonging, doubt, is carefuly but freely placed over the cha...
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 wr...
David Zimmer loses his wife and sons in a plane crash and his life begins to spin out of control. Then one night he watches a silent screen comedian and, for the first time in months, he laughs. His life becomes his search for information about the work of this comedian, an obscure and mysterious ma...
Book Circle Reads 3 Sorry I read it, and what a slog.Another one where I stand by my one-liner. Ye gods and little fishes, what a snore!Rating: one furious, disgusted star of however many stars there are in a galaxyThe Book Report: Protagonist loses family, isolates self from world to plumb solipsis...
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