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The Brooklyn Follies

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  15,258 ratings  ·  1,117 reviews
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 c ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published 2006 by Faber and Faber (first published 2004)
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Alexandra Daw Great question. I wish I had the answer. I'm 3/4 of the way through the book and it's my first Auster so I feel ill-equipped to reply. At first I was…moreGreat question. I wish I had the answer. I'm 3/4 of the way through the book and it's my first Auster so I feel ill-equipped to reply. At first I was going to say that the names represented the characters - Nathan is so see through but now I wonder if it's because he acts all hardy but is really fragile. Tom is wood because he seems wooden. And so on. Kafka and the Doll - hmmm... well in the telling of the story as I remember... the storyteller was surprised that Kafka would go out of his way to comfort a stranger... a little girl he didn't know. But isn't that what all storytellers do to some extent - comfort strangers as we pass through this strange existence called life. I think we might need a bottle of wine or two to get to the answer though ;)(less)
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رجل ستيني يبحث عن مدينة صالحة لكي يموت فيها بسلام ، بعد حياة لا يمكن وصفها بالناجحة أبداً فقد خلّف ورائه مطلقة ناقمة و ابنة ترفض الرد على رسائله و سرطان قرر الانضمام إلى المعسكر الآخر . و هناك يلتقي بابن أخته الشاب الذي كان يحلم أن يكونه في صباه و لكنه هو الآخر قد تاه في رسالة الدكتوراة فوجد نفسه دونما انتباه سائقاً للأجرة و من هذه الظروف غير الجيدة أبداً تنطلق القصة و أستطيع القول بكل ثقة أنها رواية أمل من الطراز الأول على الرغم من كون الكاتب لم يغفل ضربات الزمان القاسية و التي لا بد أن تأتي بي
Jun 23, 2015 Wafa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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حمــــاقـــات بروكليــــــن
بــــــــــول أوستــــــــر

بول أوستر

هذا الرجل العجيب الذي لا يجيد شيئا كما يجيد السرد .. أحبه

السرد وسيلة معرفة لأن السرد هو ما يمنح الأشياء شكلاً
إبراهيم أصلان

هذه رواية تمنح كل شيء يحيط بك تراه يوميا شكلا .. تمنحه شكلا لأن أوستر يعرف جيدا أنك تنظر إلى هذه الأشياء يوميا ولا ترى .. تنظر إلى حياتك دوما ولا تعي ما هنالك .. لذا جاء أوستر ليرسم لك حيواتنا نحن الناس العاديين _ النكرة_ ويعطيها شكلا وروحا أيضا

يحدث أحيانا أن حيواتنا ،على رتابتها ، استثنائية جدا لدرجة أنه ما
Justo en el momento en que en esta novela apareció una niña de nueve años que no hablaba supe con certeza que todo estaba perdido. Así que desde aquel momento la única razón que me quedaba para terminar el libro era para poder destrozarlo después sin ningún tipo de piedad. Ya aviso. Juro que yo lo empecé con mis mejores intenciones, dispuesta a olvidarme de los incontables ratos de aburrimiento que me había proporcionado Auster en el pasado, dispuesta a olvidarme de todos los prejuicios adquirid ...more
Paul Auster's The brooklyn Follies presents a stark contrast to the first work of his that I've read, The New York Trilogy; although the majority of it takes place in New York, the two are different as night and day. Novels that comprise The New York Trilogy have been largely experimental, post-modern cat and mouse between the author and the reader; The Brooklyn Follies is a novel with a pretty straightforward but nevertheless compelling plot and characters one can care about. As the title sugge ...more
“Una persona muore, e a poco a poco tutte le tracce di quella vita spariscono. Un inventore sopravvive nelle sue invenzioni, un architetto nei suoi edifici, ma la maggior parte della gente non si lascia alle spalle monumenti o prodotti duraturi.”

Nathan, sessantenne in pensione con un tumore in via di guarigione decide di tornare a Brooklyn, città dove è nato, lontano da tutte le persone che conosce, per morire.

“Quando un uomo arriva alla nostra età è poco più che una serie di ex.”

Le cose però no
3 and 1/2 stars

While I enjoyed this while reading it, I'm not sure that it will be one that sticks with me.

It employs a few of the acknowledged Auster traits (coincidences, locked room, stories-within-the-story) but this time they're done in a much more straightforward, though subtle, manner.

The narrative voice is engaging, though I have to wonder how Nathan went from being a supposedly uninvolved curmudgeon with nothing to live for (unless he's exaggerating) to an active retiree in such a shor
I know that there have been mixed reviews of this book. I picked it up in the bargain bin and then looked it up on Amazon. Some loved it. Some hated it, saying that their beloved writer had been abducted by aliens and forced to write this book by money grubbing editors. They claimed that there was no plot, nothing happened and I looked at the cheesy cover with trepidation thinking that I had spent some hard earned cash on what would amount to a dust collector and could've spent it on umm, a latt ...more
I'd like to give this book 4.5 stars, but fails to strive for precision.

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. The voice and tone of it is so warm and an inviting. I loved every character in the book, not so much for their personalities, but rather that Auster portrays each one with so much sensitivity and kindness. There is no judgement or scorn in his approach to these people, despite their "follies."

There isn't much of a "story" here. Really, for me, the "story" occurs on
John Sorrell
Always a creative, suspenseful story teller, but this one has some pretty bad (but easily avoided) aspects:


no reason to talk about Bush or religion (at least in the way it was mentioned); seemed strained and cliche (along with cliches of Vermont, Latino women who work at diners, and gay men, drugs leading to porn and then religion, etc etc).

no reason to have Rory suck off the priest near the end, which I have to admit made me feel actually disgusted, given the positive feelings toward
I've read quite a few Paul Auster novels overthe years, but this is one of those that was on my shelf unread until Audible put the audiobook on sale recently.

Set primarily in Brooklyn, the story is narrated by recently retired life insurance salesman, Nathan Glass, who after his divorce settlement has moved to Park Slope believing that he'll spend his last days there,having recently suffered from lung cancer. For a while he plays the part of a misanthropist, but then runs into his nephew Tom, on
Judy Mann
This was one lousy book. Now I've never read this guy before but this book had all the ingredients of good story.Here:
The narrator starts off miserable- which is great.
He's neurotic - which is also great.
His family is dysfunctional- which is marvelous.
His ex wife hates him.Wonderful.
He hates her.
Wonderful again.
And here he is in Brooklyn- Perfect. We're cooking.
So what went wrong?
The book just sunk from there.
In fact if it hadn't been for those ingredients I would've stopped reading a
I remember not really enjoying City of Glass when I read it in the late 80s. I think I was too young--or too inexperienced--to appreciate Paul Auster back then. I'm giving it another go now, since I have recently been blown away by two back-to-back books of his, The Book of Illusions and now The Brooklyn Follies.

Both books are told in the first person, but their narrators are as different as night and day. The Book of Illusions narrator is a grieving academic while The Brooklyn Follies narrator
Nathan Glass, a retired life-insurance salesman diagnosed with lung cancer, moves out to Brooklyn to die. Throughout the course of the novel, he reunites with his nephew, becomes friends with a charismatic criminal-minded bookstore owner, and receives an unexpected visitor. The title stems from a series of notes Glass is putting together on life's mishaps, eventually to be formed into The Book of Human Folly. It's a touching book with the types of well fleshed-out, "I know that guy" type of char ...more
Me ha dejado sin palabras. Llevo 3 intentos para escribir este parágrafo. Quiero decirlo todo y al mismo tiempo sé que no podré hacerle justicia. Solo decir que su sencillez y sus incontables historias han sido lo que me han atrapado. El narrador, Nathan, tiene una manera tan peculiar y a la vez cercana de contar las cosas que me ha llegado muy hondo.
Roya Shaban
بعد اعجابي الشديد برواية ثلاتية نيويورك ، شرعت بقراءة هذه الرواية ، و اظن ان رحلتي ستكون طويلة مع بول اوستر الذي انضم بقائمة كتابي المفضلين الطويلة .

الرواية مُميزة جداً ، و اكثر ما احببته في اعمال اوستر ، هو خط سير الاحداث الغير متوقع ، فالدخول لعوالمه يشبه البدئ في رحلة مجهولة المعالم .
Nino Frewat
Is Paul Auster worth your time?

This is my second Auster, the first was “Travels in the Scriptorium”Both works I have “read” as audiobooks while taking interminable journeys around the country. The journeys themselves were less taxing than the books.
The reason I checked both is because of -and I’m not ashamed to admit it- the publicity this guy gets!

“The Brooklyn Follies”, written in the first person narrative form, is about an ex-insurance salesman, Nathan Wood, well into his 60s, who survives c
One of the numerous minor characters that flit in and out of The Brooklyn Follies is one James Joyce -- not the writer, but a Foley walker, a person who makes sound effects for movies. His job isn't all aural pyrotechnics, though: he is described as working on minutia, such as "turning the page of a book, or opening a box of crackers".

Similarly, Paul Auster textures his latest novel with little details that seem insignificant in themselves. When weaved into the narrative, however, they have the
Hugo Emanuel
Uma das personagens de "Slaughterhouse-5 - The Children's Crusade" de Kurt Vonnegut proclama a certa altura que existe um livro que te pode ensinar tudo o que precisas saber sobre a vida, mas que este já não é suficiente. O livro a que se referia era "Os Irmão Karamazov" de Dostoievski. Esta citação levou-me a ler esta importante obra de Dostoievski. De facto, "Os irmãos Karamazov" explora e analisa - aliás, disseca - impiedosamente todas os grandes temas que assombram a humanidade. É abordado, ...more
Paul Auster tells the story of Brooklyn, the Park Slope neighborhood, as it is beginning the transition to gentrification. Nathan Glass is 60-soemthing and newly divorced. He moves to Brooklyn from some distant suburb. He runs into his nephew Tom who has ended up in the same neighborhood and they are both aimless and misfits. This is a novel about male angst but in a funny way. I liked the men in this book, except for two of the husbands who cheated and/or were abusive. Nathan helps others and e ...more
Raghda Elwakil
احببت اسلوب الرواية الساخر..
رواية مليئة بشخصيات غريبة الاطوار..
كانت ممتعة كتيير.. ^^
Definitely one of my favourite books of all time!

2nd read.
4.5 / 5
The ending was the home run. Made up for a sagging middle. This has been the most feel-good Auster novel so far. As ever, the language and mood of his writing is such that it does not do any literary- linguistic gymnastics, but glides along smoothly and I really cannot put the novel down.

What is it about? Its mostly about the small things. And how the bigger picture is ever so elusive. this "about" game is tricky - this novel worked for me- what can be said for sure is that it does not ta

The Brooklyn Follies
by Paul Auster

Do not fool yourselves. Behind a narrative with a literary style – the narrator’s – apparently intuitive and simultaneously filled with a straight simplicity and ornaments that seem to evoke a 19th century writing ('there is no escape from the wretchedness that stalks the earth'), a world of allusions and references are hiding, and these make The Brooklyn Follies one of the most inspired works of Paul Auster.

The narrator of the story is Nathan
Has this guy ever written anything bad?
This novel was fanTAStic. It's about an older guy who's dying of cancer and he basically moves back to Brooklyn to die. But then he runs into his nephew and they become great friends many great characters. There's little Lucy and everything she says (when she's speaking) is hilariously weird. There's the B.P.M. who turns into an actual character in the book. There's Harry (gay) who is interesting. The Chowders, Aurora, just lots of neat characters
Elizabeth Bradley
Disappointing. Fell apart when I started to have the suspicion that Auster's narrator was one of those avuncular ciphers, the soulful philosopher king, able to stand outside everyone else's problems, a lover of all women, shopper of impeccable taste, good with children and dogs, devoid of all complications (such as hair in the sink or a penchant for scooping up peanut butter with two fingers) beyond a failed marriage and cancer in remission. Neither of which messy, presumably lively affair warra ...more
Ecco uno di quei libri che all'inizio sembrano senza pretese e poi man mano che si procede nella lettura appaiono episodi, espedienti narrativi, scorci veramente interessanti. Il protagonista parlando di altri parla di sé, di quel libro che vorrebbe scrivere e che noi stiamo leggendo. Chissà, ognuno di noi ha le sue follie, una vicina che ci sembra la madre migliore, un alberghetto in fondo al cuore in cui vorremmo andare, una bambina da salvare. La felicità di essere vivi, di lasciare una tracc ...more
Maria  (Scratchbook)
Sebbene il romanzo nasca da un groviglio di avvenimenti complesso e succulento, è la scrittura di Paul Auster che padroneggia la scena: presente ma discreta, forte ed efficace quando la situazione lo richiede, scanzonata quel poco che basta per alleggerire il momento più drammatico.

Tre stelle e mezza.

Piacevole. Vagamente surreale, ma d'altronde sono Follie.
رغم أنوفنا يقحمون العلاقات الشاذة في المجتمع الأمريكي في الكتب والمسلسلات والأفلام لتصبح شبه مقبولة بالنسبة لنا، رغم أنها في النهاية علاقة شاذة!
كأنك تقرأ فيلمًا لوودي آلان
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Report from the Interior, Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Ac ...more
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