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The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
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Nov 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: senior-year
Read in October, 2009

This book was actually worth reading. It is full of follies, which are foolish stories. It talked about the life of Nathan and how he first moved to Brooklyn so he could die. In Brooklyn, a series of events happened where the book owner his newphew, Tom worked for added some spice to his life. Harry, the bookstore owner had a checkered past where he and his partner made false paintings and sold them. He "snitched" on his partner to recieve a shorter sentence. He moved to Brooklyn for a new start and he encountered the same problem again. His partner came back saying that he still loved him and that they should now make false documents from deceased authors. This was an act of revenge. Harry, running after them on the streets, died of a heart attack. In his will, he left Nathan and Tom the bookstore. They ended up selling his store and all the valuable books inside. Nathan had patched up his relationship with his daughter and found love in his life once again. Nathan really appreciated Harry, and found a new direction to move his life in. He wanted to write biographies to honor those, and the first biography would be of Harry. This book goes to show how this man chose a path to live- his path to death- and ended up going in a totally different path. He actually found a passion and a reason to live. This book is very inspiration and I overall enjoyed the many plots.

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