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Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow
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Jul 29, 2011

208 pages of stream of thought type narration. The Collyer brothers are real and they lived on 5th Avenue NY starting before WWI. Doctrow has created a novel narrated by the younger Brother Homer about their life living in the same home that they grew up in as young children. They became reclusive and the home became a death trap of collected newpapers and anything else that brother Langley collected as "useful". He even dismantled the car Model T and reassembled in in the dining room. The story was that they had a lot of money set aside but they did not pay utility bill or the mortage. Eventually both brothers died in the house; one by his own home made booby traps and the other then died as the other was caring for him. I have never read Doctrow before and it was an interesting experience as it was written just as if it were being spoken to you.

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