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ISBN: 0805077146
Author: Paul Auster
Language: English
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1st edition (December 27, 2005)
Pages: 320
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 528
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The Brooklyn Follies book. The Brooklyn Follies is Paul Auster's warmest, most exuberant novel, a moving, unforgettable hymn to the glories and mysteries of ordinary human life.

The Brooklyn Follies book.

The Brooklyn Follies is a 2005 novel by Paul Auster. 60-year-old Nathan Glass returns to Brooklyn after his wife has left him. He is recovering from lung cancer and is looking for "a quiet place to die". In Brooklyn he meets his nephew, Tom, whom he has not seen in several years. Tom has seemingly given up on life and has resigned himself to a string of meaningless jobs as he waits for his life to change

Auster has written a sublime soap opera about the ways in which people abandon and save one another.

Auster has written a sublime soap opera about the ways in which people abandon and save one another. He captures a historical moment, our twisted America, and he offers a message of hope. Love will save us. We will save each other.

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Paul Auster's typically fluent novel of New York and its quirky inhabitants, The Brooklyn Follies, has a powerful sting . We have little reason to believe him.

Paul Auster's typically fluent novel of New York and its quirky inhabitants, The Brooklyn Follies, has a powerful sting in the tail, says Toby Lichtig. This is the same Nathan Glass who, at the novel's start, declares his desire to seek 'a silent end to my sad and ridiculous life'; the same Nathan Glass who is writing a book dedicated to his life's collection of 'verbal flubs, physical mishaps, failed ideas, social gaffes'. Fifty-nine, retired and divorced, Nathan lacks self-belief.

The Brooklyn Follies is Paul Auster's warmest, most exuberant novel, a moving and unforgettable hymn to the glories and mysteries of. .Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Oracle Night, The Book of Illusions, and Timbuktu.

The Brooklyn Follies is Paul Auster's warmest, most exuberant novel, a moving and unforgettable hymn to the glories and mysteries of ordinary human life. I was looking for a quiet place to die. Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers! About this Guide. The following list of questions about The Brooklyn Follies are intended as resources to aid individual readers and book groups who would like to learn more about the author and this book.

So begins Paul Auster's remarkable new novel, The Brooklyn Follies. Set against the backdrop of the contested US election of 2000, it tells the story of Nathan and Tom, an uncle and nephew double-act. One in remission from lung cancer, divorced, and estranged from his only daughter, the other hiding away from his once-promising academic career, and, indeed, from life in general. When Lucy, a little girl who refuses to speak, comes into their lives, there is suddenly a bridge from their pasts that offers them the possibility of redemption. The Brooklyn Follies - Paul Auster. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

From the bestselling author of Oracle Night and The Book of Illusions, an exhilarating, whirlwind tale of one man's accidental redemption Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, estranged from his only daughter, the retired life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and anonymity. Then Nathan finds his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, working in a local bookstore--a far cry from the brilliant academic career he'd begun when Nathan saw him last. Tom's boss is the charismatic Harry Brightman, 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 set of acquaintances--not to mention a stray relative or two--and leads him to a reckoning with his past. Among the many twists in the delicious plot are a scam involving a forgery of the first page of The Scarlet Letter, a disturbing revelation that takes place in a sperm bank, and an impossible, utopian dream of a rural refuge. Meanwhile, the wry and acerbic Nathan has undertaken something he calls The Book of Human Folly, in which he proposes "to set down in the simplest, clearest language possible an account of every blunder, every pratfall, every embarrassment, every idiocy, every foible, and every inane act I had committed during my long and checkered career as a man." But life takes over instead, and Nathan's despair is swept away as he finds himself more and more implicated in the joys and sorrows of others. The Brooklyn Follies is Paul Auster's warmest, most exuberant novel, a moving and unforgettable hymn to the glories and mysteries of ordinary human life.

Comments:

Reddefender
This was my first Paul Auster novel. After watching him in a BBC, author's interview, I was intrigued to begin to explore his long authorship career. During that interviews, his calm, introspective viewpoint about himself and the world, lead me to research his now, American classic stories. Hence, I began with THE BROOKLYN FOLLIES for no other reason than it is set in New York City and I had just visited there.

I particularly liked his variety of characters; how each was introduced into the plot; and how they were developed throughout the storyline. Each antagonist or protagonist was believeable, stemming from the modern American world and illustrated how our concept of families is changing in America. Mr. Auster's language is compact and fluent. His characterizations are lean and easy to love or hate. The storyline takes many turns and twists but the outcome is eloquent.

Mostly I enjoyed how the main character, a recent, in-remission cancer patient and middle-aged divorced man. Eventually he comes to terms with his lot in life, realizing his past foibles and trying his best to live his life for the moment, in a more loving, open and honest manner. The attendant characters to the plot development are also realistic and the reader can easily relate to the characters' lives. The denouement becomes a bit far-fetched but Mr. Auster seemed to want to redeem the grumpy old guy of the novel's introduction, by allowing a reborn fellow emerge at the conclusion. Why not? It's fiction. And the theme was real, as well as inspiring.

I have not read other works by Paul Auster but have become a fast fan, after this novel. I would highly recommend Mr. Auster's work for those readers wanting thoughtful, skillfully-written and inspiring themes.
Dagdatus
This is a novel in which the subtext is by far more interesting than the narration appearing on the page. And Auster seems to have worked hard to weave this subtext.

The retired, recently divorced Nat becomes reacquainted with his nephew, Tom, formerly an English professor who's failed to complete his Ph.D. Tom says, "Poe was artifice and the gloom of midnight chambers. Thoreau was simplicity and the radiance of the outdoors." In these words Auster captures the two main characters: Tom, the erudite yet bewildered and lost literary expert, who, like Poe, epitomizes disappointment and gloom, and Uncle Nat, the uncomplicated man who watches life on the sidelines and who is more interested in rehabilitating the lives of others than his own.

From that point on, the novel is peppered with borrowed literary concepts, starting with Rousseau ("As long as man had the courage to reject what society told him to do, he could live life on his own terms.") to Voltaire, in the form of the colorful, yet tragic, figure of Harry.

But that is also where the problem of this novel lies: A reader must work very hard at getting to the bottom of every scene--if not of every paragraph--in order to make the story come to life. The surface story is merely a mild plot that lacks either momentum or tension. When events finally move at the end, they are narrated succinctly, as an afterthought, a summary of what should have been allowed to bloom on the page in real time and to reach a climatic crescendo. If the reader has developed any attachment to the characters, she would be disappointed at the lack of emotions when these characters finally seem to resolve their problems. The summarizing tone, like an epilogue, must have been written on one leg at a Brooklyn phone booth rather than toiled at at the author's desk.

I could not help but compare the lackluster narrator of "Brooklyn Follies," Nat, to Auster's engaging narrator in "The Book of Illusions," David Zimmer. And when I thought of the unforgettable brilliant depiction of the comedian Hector Mann and compared it to the flat persona of Tom in "Brooklyn Follies," I wished that Auster would do better next time.

Talia Carner, author,
Puppet Child and China Doll
Anazan
I loved The Brooklyn Follies. I loved it on a lot of levels.

I didn't object that Auster traded in some of the more literary tone of his other works for the formerly corporate persona of Nathan. There is something really nice about the way the plot is set up for the characters. When Nathan tells us that he came to Brooklyn to die, we know that he is going to turn around and find a way to live. You take all the accidental meetings, little coincidences, improbable stories and put them together and the effect is charming. Really charming.

Because it is Auster, of course, you know that it isn't *that* charming. All the redemption and the little personal triumphs pale against the greater disaster to follow. No better way to make the inhuman clear for what it is then to contrast it with what passes for comedy.

What I particularly like is that I don't get the sense that Auster priveleges one aspect of the book over the other. The human stories become richer when seen in the light of the future, but don't really seem unimportant. And if there was a message for me to take out of the book, it would have been something like that: the details of living are important, even when set against things very far out of our control.

But Auster says that message much better than I ever could. So don't read this review. Go read the book. Recommended for fans of smart fiction, already fans of Auster or not.

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