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Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow
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May 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in November, 2010

This was the first, but certainly not the last E.L. Doctorow book I have read, and I was taken immediately with the mix of the present, the eccentric, and the nostalgia for the past, for what seemed to have been better times for the once honored high society Langley's, but which to the neighbor's despair, has turned away from conservatism in ever decade, held illegal dances or 'teas', collected (hoarded) and lifetime of memories and items from several lifetimes, and on throughout the passing of time, friends, acquaintances, lovers, and a man's best and most reliable friend.

The depth of this novel is that of dropping a stone into a well stumbled upon...and waiting, alternating in bitterness, confusion, exalted happiness, and all the changes, negative, positive, and indifferent that cam occur not only in a lifetime, but in a moment. Perhaps waiting at the well to hear the pebble hit water, bottom, something, anything; or perhaps it is in sitting on a bench in Central Park in a very concentrated form of prose and honesty, in which Langley is with reader until the very last word.


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