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The Book Of Illusions - Paul Auster
The Book Of Illusions
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One man's obsession with the mysterious life of a silent film star takes him on a journey into a shadow-world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. After losing his wife and young sons in a plane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in grief. Then, watching... show more
One man's obsession with the mysterious life of a silent film star takes him on a journey into a shadow-world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. After losing his wife and young sons in a plane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in grief. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a lost film by silent comedian Hector Mann, and remembers how to laugh ...Mann was a comic genius, in trademark white suit and fluttering black moustache. But one morning in 1929 he walked out of his house and was never heard from again. Zimmer's obsession with Mann drives him to publish a study of his work; whereupon he receives a letter postmarked New Mexico, supposedly written by Mann's wife, and inviting him to visit the great Mann himself. Can Hector Mann be alive? Zimmer cannot decide - until a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. Written with breath-taking urgency and precision, this stunning novel plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, the violent and the tender dissolve into one another.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780571275564 (0571275567)
Pages no: 321
Edition language: English
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Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud rated it
1.0 So dreary, so sure it's Art, so smugly Writerly. Bah.
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...
adrianaalbuquerque
adrianaalbuquerque rated it
5.0 The Book of Illusions: A Novel
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...
willemite
willemite rated it
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...
debnance
debnance rated it
5.0 Book of Illusions
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...
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud rated it
1.0
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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