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The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
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Aug 23, 2009

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While reading this subtle mystery novel, I had to keep reminding myself that it is not a non-fiction memoir. As his main character uncovers the secrets of silent film star, Hector Mann, Auster includes frame by frame analysis of movies that only exist in the mind of the author. I found myself Googling Hector Mann to make sure that The Book of Illusions wasn't a fictional account of an actual person. Auster's recreations of the films are so vivid that it is hard to believe that the films don't exist.

Philosophical without being tedious, The Book of Illusions explores the relative importance of creative process and sharing your creative work with the world. There is lots of cool life reflecting art reflecting history reflecting art reflecting life stuff.

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