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The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel Hardcover – Unabridged, December 27, 2005
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Paul Auster is arguably one of the greatest living American writers working today. Reading his novel's is a captivating journey into the extraordinary, a glimpse at possibilities, an opportunity to view the world from a different perspective, and in some cases, one changes and sees life differently, a sometimes for the better.
I'll never forget my first Auster novel, "A New York Trilogy" becoming totally submerged in a world so alien, so odd and so fascinating, that it was astounding to discover an author with such talent and erudition. This writer had something special happening, thus I read everything I could get my hands on: "Moon Palace", "The Music of Chance", "Leviathan" and "Mr.Read more ›
Our protagonist is a 59 year old retired insurance salesman who decides after a bout with cancer to get divorced and to move back to Brooklyn, the home of his youth. During his first several months as a returning resident of Brooklyn, Nathan engages in writing a book called "Human Follies." In fact, it is much of his own folly he tries to prepare to put in his book. And yet, through the process of living in Brooklyn and meeting people he knew and did not know, Auster elucidates their lives as seen by Nathan and Nathan interprets for us how the events are both folly and serious.
While the story is based on a family in crisis, it is also based on Brooklyn, morality, politics, sex and love; it is also based on the follies of the human mind. Auster shows that folly is a part of all people's lives, and that so is the business of living. The characters in this book are involved with many messy life mistakes, but the book is also about redemption. Those who have thrown their lives to the winds of Folly, can at some point, reclaim their lives and go on. Perhaps the goal is to be happy, no matter what one's life and Follies represent. If one is happy, then what more can one really and truly ask of life?
The book is recommended for all readers who are observers of life and its various vicissitudes. It is intense in its observations, but easy to read and absorb. Once again, Auster has created a true masterpiece of modern literature.Read more ›
I liked The Brooklyn Follies, but not for the same reasons that I liked The New York Trilogy or Moon Palace or The Book of Illusions. It's a gentler novel than any of those, without the hard edge, without the dark, slightly surreal veil. Read it to cheer yourself up, or to inspire you to re-engage with the world. It's a book to be enjoyed, so enjoy it.
Nathan Glass (no apparent relation to the Salinger Glasses), divorced, alone, and having battled his cancer into remission, chooses Brooklyn over Florida as the place he will live out his remaining years. "I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn,..." Nathan reports in one of the more memorable opening lines of recent years. As it turns out, Brooklyn is anything but quiet for him, and rather than dying, he finds his own fountain of youth there.
Nathan retires to Brooklyn expecting to do little more than scribble out amusing anecdotes for his never-to-be-published Book of Human Folly, but events conspire quickly against his plans. First, he stumbles upon his cousin Tom, a former Ph.D. candidate now working in the neighborhood used and rare bookstore of Harry Brightman. Tom's own niece, nine-year-old Lucy, appears next, parentless, intentionally mute, and hailing from what she refers to as Carolina, Carolina. A trip to Vermont ensues in an effort to deliver Lucy to Tom's reluctant stepsister, Pamela, but that plan is interrupted by a sudden death back in Brooklyn.Read more ›
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This is a different book. The story revolves around a man who beat lung cancer and decides to go to Brooklyn where he meets up with his nephew. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Samantha
Twisted plot that delivers a fast fun time in Brooklyn with funny and light-dark characters. A light John Irving. Good for your soul....Published 2 months ago by Gerardo Martinez Casas
This was a book club read and I hadnt read any of Paul Auster's novels before but I really enjoyed this and loved the charactersPublished 4 months ago by Amanda Bailey
Reminiscent of john Updike and Philip Roth. Enjoyable to read for the first half and then we lose some sharpness both in plot and character. I did enjoy it's Brooklyn flavor. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Valeri Drach Weidmann
Terrific book. Too many interesting characters to mention, but you'll enjoy reading.Published 8 months ago by Sue K. Lyon
as always I read his book in an afternoon, you cannot stop reading once you started. his style is superb and his emotions move me.Published 9 months ago by B. E. Schechter
Delivered on time. Very interesting book. Not Auster's best, but definitely engaging. If you are an Auster fan you might be disappointed, but at the same time you might enjoy... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ariel