So begins Paul Auster's remarkable new novel, "The Brooklyn Follies". Set against the backdrop of the contested US election of 2000, it tells the story of Nathan and Tom, an uncle and nephew double-act. One in remission from lung cancer, divorced, ...
and estranged from his only daughter, the other hiding away from his once-promising academic career, and life in general. Having accidentally ended up in the same Brooklyn neighbourhood, they discover a community teeming with life and passion. When Lucy, the little girl who refuses to speak, comes into their lives there is suddenly a bridge from their pasts that may offer them the possibility of redemption. Filled with stories and characters, mystery and fraud, these lives intertwine and become bound together as Auster brilliantly explores the wider terrain of contemporary America - a crucible of broken dreams and of human folly.
I loved this book by Paul Auster, and I confirm him as one of my favourite american writers. Fine flowing actual language, with studied and incisive vocabulary. His cynical irony envolves also on sad and uneasy matters.The event takes shape littleI loved this book by Paul Auster, and I confirm him as one of my favourite american writers. Fine flowing actual language, with studied and incisive vocabulary. His cynical irony envolves also on sad and uneasy matters. The event takes shape little by little. Slowly but so interesting. The protagonist begins sort of journey alone, with minimum targets. However life brings him weird surprises, that built up a singular castle of lives in which he would be an important character, more than he could have ever been figured out. I imagined, as often happens in Auster’s novels, he himself in the protagonist shoes.