Sunday, November 15, 2009

Top 60 Novels of 2000-2009 Countdown: No. 46

Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

This novel delves into the world of a shadowy, nearly forgotten filmmaker, with a contemporary framing device of a scholar whose family was killed in a plane crash obsessively looking for the lost prints of the filmmaker's mysterious missing movies. This novel belongs, at least in part, to the mystery manuscript genre, as outlined already in "The Thirteenth Tale"; the missing works here are movies, not books. But lots of mysteries surround the plot, including whether the filmmaker is still alive, and the pain of the protagonist is ameliorated in part by searching for the solution of the mystery. It's a novel about art and film, and it's captivating.

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