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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 the Hardcover edition.
This had to be one of the most plodding overwritten books I've ever been unfortunate enough to read. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2004 by W. Miller
Auster's book is a modern fairy tale of troubled lives searching for a purpose to continue living in a world of loneliness, regret and self pitty. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by P. KALAY
I really got into the character building Auster did. The book moved smoothly and creatively. The reader at no point was lost in what Auster was working with. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Renee
I find Auster's ideas interesting, but his execution plods a litle. I didn't find this book to be brilliant, but it was capably done, a little melodramatic in content, but I think... Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Verita
After reading Mr. Auster's dopey Timbuktu (I wrote a damning review of that too) I thought the man was out of ideas, and The Book of Illusions proves it. Read morePublished on April 20 2004
Paul Auster shows just how great a writer he is with this book.
You are immediately wrapped up in the world of Hector Mann. Read more
A nice and pleasant experience reading this book. I would rate it 3.7 or 3.8 Nothing really special but a very fine story !Published on March 25 2004 by KeepKage
In this book Auster continues to dazzle readers with a unique and powerful writing style. His sentence structure and precision in language makes virtually all his books a pleasure... Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Jon Linden