The Brooklyn Follies has ratings and reviews. Fatima said: اوایل فکر میکردم چون کتاب در مورد مرد شصت ساله ای که اتفاقا سرطان هم داره هست ، ا. “A charming, beguiling story about the terrible beauty of families and the redemptive power of love Auster’s writing is packed with surprises.” ―USA Today. For three decades Paul Auster has been the most “European” of American authors. His cerebral, detached, tricksome novels have earned him.
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If anything, it’s even worse. Auster on Hawthorne, Fatherhood July 28, Familiar, too, is the questionable narrator, and the metafictional play the book Nathan is writing is partly, but not wholly, the book that we are reading.
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Not only does the book stop on a dime feeling somewhat unresolved, Glass’s “Book of Follied Folly”, so importantly introduced as a plot device at the beginning of Brooklynmerely fades into the scenery, then more or less vanishes like the Twin Towers from the New York skyline. Look at Nathan over there. His family is dysfunctional- which is marvelous.
Views Read Edit View history. What’s particularly startling follifs that all of the characters are struggling to repair themselves austerr light of some great tragedy in their personal lives: Alexandra Daw Great question.
The surface story is merely a mild plot that lacks either momentum wuster tension. Fifty-nine, retired and divorced, Nathan lacks self-belief. The inner refuge, Harry. Tom’s glass is filled with bourbon Wild TurkeyHarry is sipping a vodka martini, and as Nathan downs another mouthful of his neat, single-malt Scotch twelve-year-old Macallanhe wonders if he isn’t in the mood for a second drink before the meal is served.
Tom, we are told, ‘is the long-suffering hero of these Brooklyn Follies’, though we don’t take this authorial direction at face value.
Anyway, I must be part of the provincial masses because I simply didn’t understand the backlash.
Then Glass encounters his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, who is working in a local bookstore. Through Tom and his charismatic boss, Harry, Nathan’s world gradually broadens to include a new set of acquaintances, which leads him to a reckoning with his past.
In fact if it hadn’t been for those ingredients I would’ve stopped reading after the first 3 pages. Witnessing this transformation is affecting. Sharp, simple and compelling. Adam McKay’s gonzo Dick Cheney biopic satire, Vice, won’t be compared to Shakespeare, but it shares the Bard’s disinterest in supervillains’ motivations.
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The men quickly become reacquainted, appreciating each other’s company, and as the novel progresses become involved in trying to solve a family problem as well as partially complicit in a somewhat shady deal The voice and tone of it is so warm and an inviting. His characters and vignettes are well constructed and often entertaining. Clever but disillusioned, he has dropped out of university to drive taxis and work in a bookshop.
I didn’t know much, but I was probably smarter than I am now. There is a place that is referred to often in the book, called the “hotel existence” a place where one can escape the bullshit and miserable aspects of the world we live in, a place where one can retreat to a life less entangled in the morass of the planet. Auster employs tough-guy talk and funny, believable stories of folly in his search for wisdom and goodness. And, if I take life seriously, does that cover investing in human beings or does it just mean “being an adult,” being responsible, learning to stand alone.
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But Auster says that message much better than I ever could. They claimed that there was no plot, nothing happened and I looked at the cheesy cover with trepidation thinking that I had spent some hard earned cash on what would amount to a dust collector and could’ve spent it on umm, a latt I know that there have been mixed reviews of this book.
Thankfully, the smug humor peppered throughout Brooklyn marks a bit of a change from Auster’s previous novels, even if the same-old, same-old stock Auster narrator is used. Recommended for fans of smart fiction, already fans of Auster or not. Quotes from The Brooklyn Follies. Losses, Journeys, and Brookyln Writing the Biographies of Ordinary People.
Nathan Glass, a retired life insurance salesman estranged from his family and facing an iffy cancer prognosis, is “looking for a quiet place to die.
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I think the problem was the narrator was a deadly bore, the characters were useless and the plot was about as believable as a 3 dollar bill. And it’s a pleasure to be there at the table. Why so glum, boy?
I wish I had the answer. Paul Auster with “the Brooklyn follies” has made me laugh heartedly loudly and to the brink of tears!!! View all 6 comments. The storyline takes many turns and twists but the outcome is eloquent. There was a problem filtering reviews right folles.
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