(The Confabulist) [PDF/EBOOK] ¶ Steven Galloway

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Free download The Confabulist ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Focussed on the feats and daring of the amazing Harry Houdini while not a soul is aware of down and out Martin Strauss However Strauss' fate is inextricably linked with the magician's and as Houdini continues to rise and Strauss continues to fall their lives will converge in spectacula. 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 from those his mind fabricates He is often confused but one thing that is very clear in his mind is that he is the man who killed Harry Houdini TWICE When a young woman named Alice comes into Martin Strauss life claiming to be Houdini s daughter we learn that Houdini was a bit of a philanderer demanding answers about her father s life and death Martin narrates the story of his own life as well as that of Harry Houdini In a bar one evening the paths of their lives cross in the most sudden of manners and Martin s life changes irrevocably From that day on his life is linked to Houdini The book slips back and forth between Houdini s early 1900 s and Martin s present daySteven Galloway The Cellist of Sarajevo through Martin Strauss tells the story of Houdini from his beginnings as a Vaudeville performer through to his reign as the most well known man in the world That story in itself would have been interesting enough but Mr Galloway adds to it with so much He explores Houdini s sometimes turbulent marriage to Bess his close relationship with his mother we learn the reason behind Houdini s non stop uest to debunk spiritualists even taking on Margery Crandon the Witch of Beacon Hill and his foray into international espionage The Confabulist is populated with many of Houdini s contemporaries including The Romanov family Rasputin Arthur Conan Doyle and prominent members of the US political arena of the time Mr Galloway weaves all of it into an exciting globetrotting sometimes humorous often suspenseful and occasionally heartbreaking dare I say it magical story Not to mention that he offers explanations and the how to of a few of the famous magician s tricks and escapes as wellI would not hesitate to recommend this book to friends Mr Galloway managed to let the main characters shine and the many many other people populating this story to move it along nicely in the background He also navigates smoothly between Martin Strauss present day telling of the story while spending time with Alice and the 1920 s story itself I must admit that my knowledge of Houdini is limited to the movie starring Tony Curtis so I found the information about Houdini himself fascinating I may need to pick up a biography if I can find a good oneAnd like any good magic trick this book led up to a surprise twist at the end Ambitious Love young woman named Alice comes into Martin Strauss life claiming to be Houdini s daughter we learn that Houdini was a bit of a philanderer demanding answers about her father s life and death Martin narrates the story of his own life as well as that of Harry Houdini In a bar one evening the paths of their lives cross in the most sudden of manners and Martin s life changes irrevocably From that day on his life is linked to Houdini The book slips back and forth between Houdini s early 1900 s and Martin s present daySteven Galloway The Cellist of Sarajevo through Martin Strauss tells the story of Houdini from his beginnings as a Vaudeville performer through to his reign as the most well known man in the world That story in itself would have been interesting enough but Mr Galloway adds to it with so much He explores Houdini s sometimes turbulent marriage to Bess his close relationship with his mother we learn the reason behind Houdini s non stop uest to debunk spiritualists even taking on Margery Crandon the Witch of Beacon Hill and his foray into international espionage The Confabulist is populated with many of Houdini s contemporaries including The Romanov family Rasputin Arthur Conan Doyle and prominent members of the US political arena of the time Mr Galloway weaves all of it into an exciting globetrotting sometimes humorous often suspenseful and occasionally heartbreaking dare I say it magical story Not to mention that he offers explanations and the how to of a few of the famous magician s tricks and escapes as wellI would not hesitate to recommend this book to friends Mr Galloway managed to let the main characters shine and the many many other people populating this story to move it along nicely in the background He also navigates smoothly between Martin Strauss present day telling of the story while spending time with Alice and the 1920 s story itself I must admit that my knowledge of Houdini is limited to the movie starring Tony Curtis so I found the information about Houdini himself fascinating I may need to pick up a biography if I can find a good oneAnd like any good magic trick this book led up to a surprise twist at the end

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Free download The Confabulist ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free R and devastating fashion At once entertaining and suspenseful historically rich and cleverly told The Confabulist is an novel of magic and memory truth and illusion and the ways that love hope grief and imagination can for better or for worse alter what we perceive and what we believe. I m very conflicted about this book on one hand it had a very intriguing plot based on who Harry Houdini was and what all he possibly had done The book focusses on Harry Houdini and Martin Strauss whose lives intersect with regularity and a tad bit of magical realism The story structure has several flashbacks and flashforwards so as to say this can be uite confusing for any reader to keep track ofOverall I would say this book is a decent story which doesn t uite match up to the blurb and what it tries to aim for Ultimately it s a 3 12 star book

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Free download The Confabulist ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free From the author of the bestselling Richard and Judy selected The Cellist of Sarajevo comes a spellbinding novel of Harry Houdini his loves and life the illusions and the intrigue and his shocking sudden deathHow much of our lives is real and how much is an illusion The world's gaze is. confabulate k n f bj le t 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 disappear and be replaced with imaginary ones This is a doubly interesting condition to affect him since memories and guilt have plagued Strauss his entire adult life because as he reveals right away he s the man who killed Harry Houdini Twice As he meets with Houdini s daughter Alice Strauss is compelled to unburden himself of his past to apologise for depriving her of a father The book timeshifts between Strauss on the day of the diagnosis the history of Houdini Strauss early days the fateful meeting where Strauss suckerpunched the great magician and Strauss subseuent years In addition to all of these shifts each section usually had two time frames one present action and a related memory that shifted back and forth This might sound confusing but it worked since as the title suggests the nature of memory is a major theme of The Confabulist In a magic trick the things you don t see or think you see have a culmination because at the end of the trick there s an effect Misdirection tampers with reconstruction But if life works the same way and I believe it does then a percentage of our lives is fiction There s no way to know whether anything we ve experienced is real or imagined Much of the Houdini information was interesting and the excitement was ratcheted up with spies and death threats the debunking of powerful spiritualists and a philosophical feud with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Strauss sections worked less well for me this unreliable narrator didn t do too much and in the end can never even explain what compelled him to throw that punch and if Steven Galloway is going to use this real person s infamy in a work of fiction I think he owes it to the man to at least construct a reasonable motivation Much of the philosophising about memory and there is a lot of it was a bit vague to me and I think that this book will be interesting to readers to the extent this they find this bit near the end insightful We think that our minds are like a library the right book is there somewhere if you can find it A whole story will then unfold with you as the narrator But our memory changes evolves erases Moments disappear and are replaced and combined What s left of a person after they re gone is a spirit of who and what they wereThis is where our pain comes from Because we know this is going to happen We feel it and it underwrites our mourningFor all of us the future is an unmade promise For the living there is the present and the past The past is always moving always changing as the people we lose are transformed in us The past is no place to live But it s the only place the dead lived On the other hand there were many passages that I did find well written and evocative and these are just a couple of examples Darkness has a way of making everything louder There s no way to identify the sounds coming at you You can imagine what they are but it s always a guess based on what you remember about the world before the light went out of it And He d always thought a theatre felt strange without people in it With its seats empty its lights up and its air still it reminded him of a dead body I remember enjoying The Cellist of Sarajevo and most especially for the research just as I thought Galloway did a masterful job of evoking the terrible siege of that city I think that he excels here in bringing Harry Houdini to life and making him even larger than the known legend by adding fictional elements to his life s work Where both books fall short is in inducing empathy for the purely fictional characters and since I didn t really care about Martin Strauss in The Confabulist it became a less than perfect reading experience view spoilerAnd I can t imagine most people wouldn t see the twist ending coming but perhaps like an audience member looking for smoke and mirrors I ruined that for myself by not submitting to the misdirection hide spoiler