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The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
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Nov 09, 2007

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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 towards the end.

the character of Lucy was a little too unrealistic, at least in terms of her age and intelligence and expressing herself.

structure- no reason to have the narrator address the reader. always seems like am artistic cop-out (minus Woody Allen doing it)

languagewise- there were some pretty cliche sentences that i am now too lazy to find
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