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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: January 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Washington | 1/15/2014

    " another Auster's best-seller talkin' about NY lifestyle "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gaspar | 1/13/2014

    " I really like Paul Auster, but I found this book to be too contrived. The characters were predictable and not really very believable. Also, his liberal slant is a little over-the-top for my taste. Had he poked more fun at his own political/social beliefs, I may have enjoyed the book a tiny bit more, but overall I still would have remained fairly unsatisfied. All of this being said, Auster, as usual, is an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/13/2014

    " Far more light-hearted than some of Auster's previous books; a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ahmed | 12/30/2013

    " Very Nice, Very Auster-ish. I Wouldn't recommend it to a non-auster fan, not the best to begin with reading him. but i really enjoyed his touches here and there, his obsession with Fate, death, coincidences and personality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nell Orscheln | 8/11/2013

    " I wnat to send this to Jenny Cantwell and Frankie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodolfo | 3/12/2013

    " Loved it, in spite of the unnecessary 9/11 references. A nice and very personal statement about Auster's love for writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alix | 1/16/2013

    " I'm a huge Paul Auster fan, but this one gave me goosebumps "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dianne | 1/5/2013

    " it was an entertaining read, but i wanted more out of it than just the madcap adventures around brooklyn it presented me with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstin | 10/2/2012

    " I really liked the overall tone of this one. Learned a little something about life, too, which is always a plus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sadie Slootsky | 3/18/2012

    " Loved everything about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maged | 2/6/2012

    " In my view, Paul Auster's best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine Star | 11/22/2011

    " Cute story. It passes time well. The writing is well put together and the story has a light-hearted flow, even when it talks about deep issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara Brecher | 10/22/2011

    " Cute and light-hearted. A much more simple read than what I expected. I would go into this book with no expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 5/13/2011

    " Short and sweet. They should make it into a film script. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronnie | 4/12/2011

    " I'm a great fan of Paul Auster anyway. I don't how he does it, but the way he brings his characters to live makes you want to invite them for dinner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 4/11/2011

    " This is one of my most favourite reads of all time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 3/23/2011

    " Remember that old Alka-Seltzer ad campaign: "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."? Well, I can't believe I read the whole thing. What an utterly unnuanced novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 3/23/2011

    " Not a bad story. A nice light booze-n-book club selection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 3/23/2011

    " He said it...."one should never underestimate the power of a good book.". He makes ordinary lives come alive as magical! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 3/22/2011

    " 2nd Paul Auster book I found myself up reading at 2 am because I couldn't put it down.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 3/17/2011

    " Somehow - I have never managed to read Paul Auster until now. BROOKLYN FOLLIES is luminous, human, funny, and whip-smart. His love of Brooklyn comes through on every page - it made me very nostalgic.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randine | 2/23/2011

    " This is the first Paul Auster book for me - it was different than I thought it would be. It's pretty cool how this retired guy starts a new life without even trying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 2/13/2011

    " If you read just the first sentence you will have to read the whole book. What a hoot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 2/7/2011

    " Considerably more upbeat than other Auster books. I can see why some readers might have been disappointed, but I enjoyed it. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Auster

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Oracle Night, The Book of Illusions, and Timbuktu. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.