The Book of Illusions
Redemption is an Illusion
The book of Redemption has turned out to be (yet another) book of desolationAfter numerous attempt, I am on the fringe of declaring defeat and confess that it wasn't able for me to come up with a neat review about Paul Auster's The book of Illusion.
The book of Redemption has turned out to be (yet another) book of desolation
After numerous attempt, I am on the fringe of declaring defeat and confess that it wasn't able for me to come up with a neat review about Paul Auster's The book of Illusion. The fashion in which the book was ended was simply too much for me to bear. To be frank, I am surprised myself at the extent to which the book had grasped me. That was totally beyond expectation. I guess the characters of David Zimmer and Hector Mann were just too convincing and compelling. TO that end I guess Auster should be credited for such an accomplishment.
Rereading the part about Hector Mann (Hermann Loesser by then) and Sylvia Meers' encounter, it suddenly dawn upon me that it was only for the way the whole story ends, given how macabre the whole book is.
I have written heaps of fragmented points and paragraphs during my no less than four readings of the book (and of course these aren't out-to-out beginning to end readings, save the firs two times) but I have yet to organize those messy lines into a coherent, organized piece.
Given the many, and I mean many, elements in the book that struck me, that was only one central thought about it that I could never put it out of my mind. That much was beyond a doubt. That the 'Illusion' pertains to in the title of the book was none other than the delusional sense of salvation. That Redemption is but an Illusion. Hence the title for this little piece.
(It struck me that the piece of post reading comment (I hesitate to call it a review) should be as precise and concise as possible, and thus I literally truncated the large amount of longwinded afterthoughts and reduced them to a tenth in length. Perhaps I would include those fragments elsewhere.)
better a short little piece of presentable
Of course Redemption is an illusion. It takes only a fool to expect light awaits at the end of the tunnel for the likes of David Zimmer and Hector Mann
With that I made peace with the book.