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    What no one knows save for myself and one other person who likely died long ago is that I didn’t just kill Harry Houdini I killed him twice Stephen Galloway the award winning author of The Cellist of Sarajevo takes on a legendary real life character and tries to make some magic with his lesser known history He tells a tale of Houdini vaudev

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    I’m not sure if I’ve recommended this author before or not but the book I want to recommend this month is THE CONFABULIST by Steven Galloway The first of his books I read was ASCENSION and it had one of the most riveting opening

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    confabulate kənˈfæbjʊˌleɪt — vb1 to talk together; converse; chat2 psychiatry to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be trueAs The Confabulist opens the aging Martin Strauss meets with a doctor who explains that Strauss is in the process of losing his mind while he will continue to perform all of his normal functions his memories will

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    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this one in exchange for an honest review so here goes with my honestyHarry Houdini led a fascinating life His career was only part of it He was a magician's magician an aviator and a fierce opponent of the spiritualism movement Martin Strauss the supposed 2 time killer of Houdini in The Confabulist never existed I guess I was hoping for a slightly fleshed out version of the story of the life and many de

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    I received this as an ARC in a Goodreads “First Reads” Giveaway Martin Strauss suffers from a condition called “tinnitus” This condition blurs his memory and often it is difficult for him to distinguish real memories

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    A very intriguing book It tells interwoven stories of two men whose paths scarcely crossed in real life Houdini the great magician and escape artist and a man called Martin Strauss Strauss was young man probably in his early twenties when he first met Houdini in 1926 The book opens in the present day when a much older Str

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    Well what a fascinating story If you are interested in Houdini or magic like I amyou would certainly want to read this book Gallowa

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    I know that some other reviews have complained about the fact vs fiction part of this book but I am choosing to just look at this as a story as I have no real knowledge about Houdini's life and after reading The Confabulist it makes me wonder if anybody has the real story on Houdini anywaysI really enjoyed it all of the twists and turns that it takes and the idea that not everything is as it seems that even our own memories have

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    I'm very conflicted about this book on one hand it had a very intriguing plot based on who Harry Houdini was an

  10. says:

    Steven Galloway’s The Confabulist is a much ambitious book than his earlier work The Confabulist like Harry Houdini is elusive deals with misdirection plays with time and attempts to answer many uestions about

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Review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó Steven Galloway

Magician Harry Houdini with the story of the man who killed him twice Martin Strauss an everyday man whose fate was tied to the magician's in unforeseen ways A cast of memorable characters spins around Houdini's celebrity driven life as they did in his time from the Romanov family soon to be assassi. A very intriguing book It tells interwoven stories of two men whose paths scarcely crossed in real life Houdini the great magician and escape artist and a man called Martin Strauss Strauss was young man probably in his early twenties when he first met Houdini in 1926 The book opens in the present day when a much older Strauss is meeting with a doctor who is explaining that there is something medically wrong with Strauss Strauss is gradually losing his memory and his brain is replacing the lost memories with false memories confabulations so that Strauss will over time cease to know which of his memories are real The book alternates between chapters about Houdini going back to 1897 chapters about Strauss as a young man 1926 27 and chapters set in the present day Over the course of the book we learn a lot about magic tricks how they work what elements are essential to make them work and about the workings of the human mind how do know whether what we have seen is true Both men lead very exciting lives and their combined stories make for a very engaging book

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Nated to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the powerful heads of Scotland Yard and the Spiritualists who would use whoever they could to establish their religion A brilliant novel about fame and ambition reality and illusion and the ways that love grief and imagination can alter what we perceive and believ. I know that some other reviews have complained about the fact vs fiction part of this book but I am choosing to just look at this as a story as I have no real knowledge about Houdini s life and after reading The Confabulist it makes me wonder if anybody has the real story on Houdini anywaysI really enjoyed it all of the twists and turns that it takes and the idea that not everything is as it seems that even our own memories have ways of playing tricks on us My only complaint is that I did not feel a bond with Martin Strauss the man who killed Houdini I know this is probably because a good portion of the book focusses on Houdini and not Martin and also because when we are first introduced to Martin in the book he is very confused about everything and is uestioning himself and his memories constantly This made me uestion everything he was remembering for the remainder of the book so I never really got a good feel for his characterAfter turning the final page I was left with a desire to read about Houdini and then re read this book But then I also think that if I DO read about Houdini and then re read The Confabulist that it will just raise uestions about what is real and what is confabulated and also about what my mind will allow me to believe Intriguing stuff I love when books make me uestion my reality I received this advanced reading copy as a giveaway on Goodreads and this in no way affected my review Thanks Goodreads and Random House

Review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó Steven Galloway

From the beloved award winning bestselling author of The Cellist of Sarajevo a beautiful suspense filled novel that uses the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini to weave a magical tale of intrigue love and illusion The Confabulist weaves together the life loves and murder of the world's greatest. I m not sure if I ve recommended this author before or not but the book I want to recommend this month is THE CONFABULIST by Steven Galloway The first of his books I read was ASCENSION and it had one of the most riveting opening chapters I have ever read This new book is about the magician Houdini and the man who killed him It is a twisted puzzler wrapped around the lives of the two man and many others a love story for each and the ways in which we view life when we want to remake it This kept me reading all the way through It does not have an opening chapter of the same power as ASCENSION but the close will make you think twice about what you thought this book was about

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