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The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster

The Brooklyn Follies (2005)

by Paul Auster

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I just wrote what I think was a very thoughtful and insightful review of The Brooklyn Follies. Then by accident, just as I was tinkering with the last sentence, my browser skipped back to the previous site it had viewed. All my words winked out of existence. So fine. That seems like something that Paul Auster might build into a potentially meaningful error, illustrating the folly of human effort and invention in a world that is unambiguously destined for eradication.

I liked this book. I didn't love it, but it had some memorable moments. It was also different enough from Auster's other books that, despite my reservations, I find I've grown a little more fond of it since completing it. It also has some nice little anecdotes about literature. I like those. ( )
2 vote phredfrancis | Feb 8, 2014 |
I am really struggling to figure out where the many positive reviews for this novel are coming from. First of all, the writing is trite and the dialogue is riddled with cliches. Although the plot, at first, seems creative, it quickly dissolves into a mess of overused and predictable twists. A "feel good" novel of the worst kind. ( )
  aea2142 | Jan 9, 2014 |
There are already so many reivews, so I will just add that I enjoyed this book about a man who, upon retiring, divorcing and recovering from an illness, thinks his life is over and settles in to die. But, life is full of chance encounters and Nathan reunites with his family and establishes relationships with neighbours. Paul Auster brings us a story about belonging, family and uncertainty. ( )
  LynnB | Aug 29, 2013 |
This was a really enjoyable read even though the premise is that the protagonist, an older man, moves to NYC to die. What makes this book thoroughly engaging is how many stories about writers and life in general are found here. I also really enjoyed some of the conflicts-a child that refuses to talk, a woman who needs to be freed from the Christian right wing husband and in the midst of everything is the protagonist who realizes his life is pretty full of people who need him just as he was getting ready to join the choir invisible. ( )
1 vote kirstiecat | Mar 31, 2013 |
Only Paul Auster could seamlessly stitch such diverse and fascinating stores and anecdotes together. Within a few pages, he tells the story of the Wittgenstein's abuse of his elementary school pupils and their refusal to forgive him twenty years later and then tell the tale of the main character, Nathan, tried to retrieve a buzzing Shick razor accidentally embedded in a toilel bowl. ( )
1 vote RochelleJewelShapiro | Feb 6, 2013 |
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Nathan Glass ha sobrevivido a un cáncer de pulmón y a un divorcio después de treinta y tres años de matrimonio, y ha vuelto a Brooklyn, el lugar donde nació y pasó su infancia. Quiere vivir allí lo que le queda de su 'ridícula vida'. Hasta que enfermó era un próspero vendedor de seguros; ahora que ya no tiene que ganarse la vida, piensa escribir El libro de las locuras de los hombres. Contará todo lo que pasa a su alrededor, todo lo que le ocurre y lo que se le ocurre, y hasta algunas de las historias –caprichosas, disparatadas, verdaderas locuras– de personas que recuerda. Comienza a frecuentar el bar del barrio, el muy austeriano Cosmic Diner, y está casi enamorado de la camarera, la casada e inalcanzable Marina. Y va también a la librería de segunda mano de Harry Brightman, un homosexual culto y contradictorio, que no es ni remotamente quien dice ser.
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Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, retired, estranged from his only daughter, the former life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and anonymity. Then Glass encounters his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, who is working in a local bookstore--a far cry from the brilliant academic career Tom had begun when Nathan saw him last. Tom's boss is the colorful and charismatic Harry Brightman--a.k.a. Harry Dunkel--once the owner of a Chicago art gallery, whom fate has also brought to the "ancient kingdom of Brooklyn, New York." Through Tom and Harry, Nathan's world gradually broadens to include a new circle of acquaintances. He soon finds himself drawn into a scam involving a forged page of The Scarlet Letter, and begins to undertake his own literary venture, The Book of Human Folly, an account of "every blunder, every pratfall, every embarrassment, every idiocy, every foible, and every inane act I have committed during my long and checkered career as a man."
The Brooklyn Follies is Paul Auster's warmest, most exuberant novel, a moving, unforgettable hymn to the glories and mysteries of ordinary human life.

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Retired life insurance salesman Nathan Glass moves to Brooklyn to find anonymity and solitude through his declining years, but a chance meeting with Tom Wood, his long-lost nephew, forces him to come to terms with his past.

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