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One of the best US writers at the top of his game

AdvantagesFast-paced, intelligent, brilliant

DisadvantagesPuts a lot of Auster's other recent work in the shade

"...in grabbing you right at the beginning. The Book Of Illusions immerses the reader in the shattered psyche of the narrator, David Zimmer, whose life has been ripped apart by the death of his wife and two children in a plane crash. There are very few other writers who can translate the darkest, negative aspects of human emotional experience into such concise, accessible English, and the effect of Auster's urgent, crisp language is to win the attention ..." Read review

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The best of Auster

AdvantagesGripping, intriguing & original. Good intro to Auster.

DisadvantagesNo negatives come to mind

"The best Auster I have read; a gripping, well-researched and utterly plausible book. While other Auster books (e.g. The New York Trilogy) may be more seminal and influential, this is both accessible and significant. The story is of an author dealing with his own ghosts though his writing aboput and meeting with a reclusive, presumed dead silent-movie star. The characters - expecially the narrator - are utterly convincing. The story of the narrator's ..." Read review

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