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Although film images are technically "illusions," this deft and layered novel is not so much about conscious illusion or trickery as about the traces we leave behind us: words, images, memories. Children are one obvious trace, but in this book, they are not allowed to carry their parents forward. They die early: Hector Mann losing his 3-year-old son to a bee sting just as David Zimmer has lost his two sons in the crash. The second half of The Book of Illusions is given over to a love affair, and to Zimmer's attempt to save something of Hector Mann, and of the others he has loved. In the end, what really survives of us on earth--what flickering immortality we are permitted--is left to the reader to surmise. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My son in law handed me a copy of Oracle Night and made the bold statement the reason no one discusses The Great American Novel any more is because Auster has done it. Repeatedly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Allard
Interesting start and couldn't take it off my hands for the last third, getting better and better.Published 4 months ago by andreas lenzke
I know Paul Austen work since his first books and have admired him since then..Published 4 months ago by Josadac M.
Loved New York Trilogy - but couldn't past chapter 2 of this thing. Chapter 2 is SO boring.Published 5 months ago by dsfg
Too much detail, but not the detail you enjoy, instead the detail you fall sleep with. Not that bad if you are into cinema I guessPublished 7 months ago by Maria Pena
I hate the cover illustration, but the story is very well done and highly unusual. This is my second Paul Auster book, and I'll be getting more.Published 12 months ago by Wynne
I read this novel because, as a lover of the movies, the premise intrigued me--the reemergence decades later of a figure from the early days of film who had suddenly disappeared at... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gary Lee