Hi there friends. I recently finished the amazing The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster. It’s a truly remarkable story. If you want to read it, then simply like my page and I’ll send it to the first person who does so.
The Narrative (No spoilers)
Academic David Zimmer’s life is completely devastated when his wife and son fall five miles out of sky on a doomed airplane. With his life in tatters, Zimmer watches a silent movie and is captivated by a long-dead silent film star named Hector Manning. He decides to inexplicably take hiatus from his academic life and undertakes a strangely compelling journey to piece together the life of the obscure 1920’s film star. In the wake of the devastation in Zimmer’s life, this is all he can bring himself to do as a way of putting one foot in front of the other. So begins the compulsive story that twists and turns into valleys filled with ghosts and films filled with clues to times long gone past. It’s via the mechanised and forensic discovery of someone else’s unusual life that Zimmer begins to find out how to live again.
This is a strange, compulsive and achingly vulnerable book, the character of David Zimmer is frail and beaten but also mercurial and curious, he is likeable and you (the reader) begin to feel strangely protective of him as he ambles through this unforgiving life that he never chose for himself.
The lives of Hector Manning and Zimmer are twinned in the most macabre ways. Both are victims of the disintegration of stability, both men seek salvation through art and both travel in a literal and metaphorical sense to discover who they really are. It’s a tale of unexpected journeys: demeaning, bewildering, humane and triumphant journeys.
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