Book review: The Book of Illusions


By Begoña Suárez

Feeling deeply depressing about his family’s loss in a plane crash, the professor of comparative literature David Zimmer tries to drown his sorrows drinking a lot and watching old movies on TV. One of these films makes him laugh. The main actor is Hector Man, a silent comedian from the twenties who nobody had heard of in almost sixty years. Trying to get away from his depression Zimmer gets involved in a thorough study of Man’s films. The publishing of the book triggers a series of incidents that make Zimmer go deeper into the actor’s past.

After having read “The Brooklyn follies” I couldn’t resist the temptation to read another Auster’s book. A hopeful and antidepressant novel as the previous one, “The book of illusions’” shows how the enthusiasm for a project helps people to overcome a personal tragedy.

As well as this, it seems to me a very enjoyable book where the author often leads you down the wrong path. An unpredictable plot from beginning to end that includes an unexpected ending.

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