the brooklyn follies, paul auster

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Although I really appreciate his work, I haven’t read anything by Paul Auster since Mr Vertigo. The Brooklyn Follies somehow caught my attention because of Brooklyn. I have been to New York on three occasions but never visited Brooklyn. Now that I have read this book I will certainly do so.

This story is about a man moving to Brooklyn after his divorce. Being diagnosted of cancer he has a few months left. He plans to lead a quiet life before dying but other lives cross his one.

I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I traveled there from Westchester to scope out the terrain.

3 reacties op “the brooklyn follies, paul auster”

  1. Paul Auster is a very good writer, at least that is what others have told me… I should read one of his books. Others have recommended City of Glass. I think I’ll visit a library.

  2. Auster is my favourite writer and I have read all of his books. On top of the list is still Leviathan. The opening sentence sucks you right into the story: ‘Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of the road in northern Wisconsin.’ Wham! What follows is the unravelling of this man’s life by one of his oldest friends, the writer Peter Aaron. Compelling. I have read this book over and over again and it keeps surprising me. Number two on my Auster list is Oracle Night, one of his most recent works. Number 3: The Invention of Solitude, an autobiographical novel on fatherhood written after the death of his own father. The title ‘tomruette’ mentions, is one of the three stories in The New York Trilogy.
    By the way, detender: do you still have my copy of Leviathan? I seem to have misplaced it 🙂

  3. @Veerle. Yes, let’s read it together.

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