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The Resource The book of illusions : a novel, Paul Auster

The book of illusions : a novel, Paul Auster

Label
The book of illusions : a novel
Title
The book of illusions
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Paul Auster
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this rich and emotionally charged work, a man's obsession with a silent film star sends him on a journey into a shadowy world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. A man's obsession with a silent-film star sends him on a journey into a shadow world of lies, illusions, and unexpected love. Six months after losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, Vermont professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours mired in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. Then, watching television one night, he stumbles upon a clip from a lost silent film by comedian Hector Mann. Zimmer's interest is piqued, and he soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to research a book on this mysterious figure, who vanished from sight in 1929 and has been presumed dead for sixty years. When the book is published the following year, a letter turns up in Zimmer's mailbox bearing a return address from a small town in New Mexico-supposedly written by Hector's wife. "Hector has read your book and would like to meet you. Are you interested in paying us a visit?" Is the letter a hoax, or is Hector Mann still alive? Torn between doubt and belief, Zimmer hesitates, until one night a strange woman appears on his doorstep and makes the decision for him, changing his life forever. This stunning novel plunges the reader into a universe in which the comic and the tragic, the real and the imagined, the violent and the tender dissolve into one another. With The Book of Illusions, one of America's most powerful and original writers has written his richest, most emotionally charged work yet
Summary
A Vermont professor, disillusioned with self-pity and grief over his family's death in a plane crash, finds a new purpose when he becomes obsessed with research into the life and art of a silent film comedian who mysteriously disappeared when silent films ended
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2003.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2002
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
069280
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3551.U77
LC item number
B66 2002
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
The book of illusions : a novel, Paul Auster
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2139265
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780965045698
Lccn
2002017218
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm48892900
  • (OCoLC)48892900
Label
The book of illusions : a novel, Paul Auster
Link
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2139265
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780965045698
Lccn
2002017218
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm48892900
  • (OCoLC)48892900

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