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SUMMARY The Confabulist

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

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The Confabulist

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. 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 vaudevillian superstar greatest magician of his time escape artist extraordinaire and maybe an international spy Martin Strauss is none of these things When we meet him in the present day of the tale he has learned that he has just gotten some bad news Yours is a rare condition the doctor said seeming almost excited in which the damage that is being done to your brain does not destroy cognitive function but instead affects your brain s ability to store and process memories In response to this your brain will invent new memories So Harry H

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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. Well what a fascinating story If you are interested in Houdini or magic like I amyou would certainly want to read this book Galloway is such a diverse novelist and I can t wait to read what he has in store next The Cellist of Sarajevo was outstanding The Confabulist is a wondrous and mysterious tale Fiction is in the hands of a master when you are dealing with those who are craftsmen


10 thoughts on “The Confabulist

  1. says:

    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 l

  2. says:

    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 rivet

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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 disappear

  4. says:

    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this one in exchange for an honest review so here goes with my honestyHarry Houdini l

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    I received this as an ARC in a Goodreads “First Reads” Giveaway Martin Strauss suffers from a condition called “tinni

  6. says:

    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 twenti

  7. says:

    Well what a fascinating story If you are interested in Houdini or magic like I amyou would certainly want to read this book Galloway is such a diverse novelist and I can't wait to read what he has in store next The Cellist of Sarajevo was outstanding The Confabulist is a wondrous and mysterious tale Fiction is in the hands of a mas

  8. says:

    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

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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 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

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    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 one’s memory the changing faces of appearance and reality and the nature of human motivations and relationships The book is an exploration of its title A Confabulist noun is a word from psychiatry and means the replaceme