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The Brooklyn Follies - Paul Auster
The Brooklyn Follies
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'I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I travelled down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain...' So begins Paul Auster's remarkable new novel, The Brooklyn Follies. Set against the backdrop of the contested US election of 2000,... show more
'I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I travelled down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain...'

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 life in general.

Having accidentally ended up in the same Brooklyn neighbourhood, they discover a community teeming with life and passion. When Lucy, the 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. Infused with character, mystery and humour, these lives intertwine and become bound together as Auster brilliantly explores the wider terrain of contemporary America - a crucible of broken dreams and of human folly.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780571224975 (0571224970)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Jema reads
Jema reads rated it
A solid 4 star because the book made me happy and forget everything around me for a few hours. One of these days I will be brave enough to write proper reviews.
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2.0 The Brooklyn Follies
I found this slow going from the beginning, but I was sorry to see it end, having gotten to know the characters.
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debnance rated it
4.0 The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel
A book that started off promisingly, but, ultimately, was a disappointment. Nathan Glass heads to Brooklyn to die and runs across a favorite nephew unexpectedly. The nephew, despite a strong start, is now working in a bookstore. I kept reading, with faith in Auster that he wouldn't lead me astray, b...
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