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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. 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.
Auster’s writing is packed with surprises. It is a multilayered tapestry, with whimsical chapter headings and Dickensian depth. He captures a historical moment, our twisted America, and he offers a message of hope. Love will save us. We will save each other. Auster employs tough-guy talk and funny, believable stories of folly in his search for wisdom and goodness. His work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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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. I particularly liked his variety of characters; pqul each was introduced into the plot; and auxter 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.
Auster’s language is compact and fluent.
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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. And the theme was dollies, 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. This is a novel in which the broojlyn 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 follirs his nephew, Tom, formerly an English professor who’s failed to complete his Ph. Tom says, “Poe was artifice and the gloom of midnight chambers.
Thoreau was simplicity and the radiance of the outdoors. 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 quster 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.
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.
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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.
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. 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.
The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
You take all the accidental meetings, little coincidences, improbable stories and put them together and the effect is 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 pxul 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: But Auster says that message pail better than I ever could.
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