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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,853 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Auster Narrator: Paul Auster Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, estranged from his only daughter, the retired life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and anonymity. Then Nathan finds his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, working in a local bookstore, a far cry from the brilliant academic career he'd begun when Nathan saw him last. Tom's boss is the charismatic Harry Brightman, whom fate has also brought to the ancient kingdom of Brooklyn, New York. Through Tom and Harry, Nathan's world gradually broadens to include a new set of acquaintances, not to mention a stray relative or two, and leads him to a reckoning with his past.

Among the many twists in the delicious plot are a scam involving a forgery of the first page of The Scarlet Letter, a disturbing revelation that takes place in a sperm bank, and an impossible, utopian dream of a rural refuge. Meanwhile, the wry and acerbic Nathan has undertaken something he calls The Book of Human Folly, in which he proposes to set down in the simplest, clearest language possible an account of every blunder, every pratfall, every embarrassment, every idiocy, every foible, and every inane act I had committed during my long and checkered career as a man. But life takes over instead, and Nathan's despair is swept away as he finds himself more and more implicated in the joys and sorrows of others.

The Brooklyn Follies is Paul Auster's warmest, most exuberant novel, a moving and unforgettable hymn to the glories and mysteries of ordinary human life.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michaela | 2/18/2014

    " Picked this up from my landlady's bookshelves not expecting much; ended up slamming through it in an afternoon and enjoying it immensely. Not exactly the most intellectual or groundbreaking book, but a good story. For all the outrageousness, the characters and situations are actually totally believable. There was never a point where I couldn't suspend disbelief. Auster knows Brooklyn's quirks and foibles so well that it's actually hard for me not to believe that all these characters are out there, somewhere in Park Slope, living real lives outside of this narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer Parker | 2/17/2014

    " Though typical quirky from Auster, I loved the relationships in this book. Read it recently, very meaningful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 1/27/2014

    " A joy to read, "The Brooklyn Follies" is that rare novel that brings to life so many memorable characters. Our protagonist is the anchor who, even at the age of 60, matures and evolves through the course of the novel. This is the third or fourth novel of Auster's I have read and I can now say with confidence he is one of America's best contemporary novelists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alfred | 1/19/2014

    " Loved it. Would go into the specifics of what I loved about it, but I loaned the book to my mom. Trust me though - well worth reading! "

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