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The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
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Apr 30, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: It's not just a Brooklyn thing
Read in May, 2007

This was the first Paul Auster that I've read and I'll be coming back for more, probably picking up his New York Trilogy. This is a story unlike other New York stories -- well, mainly because it takes place in Brooklyn, but it also has an optimism that other Gotham-set stories do not. The characters are more than real, they are plump and fully formed, maybe with the exception of Lucy, the little girl. Her voice seems to be a bit off, but that's the only real stretch that Auster attempts. Everything else about the narrative is near and dear, and it's an easy book to fly through, sitting on the subway traveling to and from Brooklyn.

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