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The Brooklyn Follies
The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel | Paul Auster
From the bestselling author of Oracle Night and The Book of Illusions, an exhilarating, whirlwind tale of one man's accidental redemption 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 bookstorea 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 acquaintancesnot to mention a stray relative or twoand 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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❝ Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author‘s words reverberating in your head. ❞
—Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

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Astroneman
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Pickpick

My first Paul Auster's book.
New York make me crazy! And It's another city to visit in my tour around the world.

#book #bookly #readingchallenge2020 #litsy #litsybook #goodreads #toread #leggere #libro #paulauster #Einaudi #Brooklynfollies

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keithmalek
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7 covers you love for 7 days, no explanations, no reviews. #7covers7days

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xxjenadanxx
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I‘ve not read the book, but the quote is too relatable. #bookquote #readingtoescape

wordzie 💝 4y
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keithmalek
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erzascarletbookgasm
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‘I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I traveled down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain.‘
A divorced, retired, ex-insurance salesman who has moved to Brooklyn surely encountered his #firstsnowonbrooklyn 🤷‍♀️.
#winterwonderland

Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻👍🏻I have this book & it never dawned on me to use it. 👍🏻♥️♥️ 4y
gradcat Great book 👍 4y
Cinfhen Sounds good! I like that line u posted 4y
TrishB Clever pick 👏🏻 4y
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Cathythoughts
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Picked up the tagged book today. Also ordered A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. Also In The Dark by Cara Hunter. Pic of me & hubby ... the small granddaughter got camera shy & turned away. A verse from hubbys song Princes Street 1983 on blackboard behind us. Sofia came home with some pretty bookmarks

TrishB Great haul 👍🏻 and brilliant catch on the lyrics 😁 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 4y
batsy 💕💕 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely ❤️ 4y
mabell How cool! 4y
Tanisha_A You guys! 💜 4y
Tanisha_A And I love them lyrics. 4y
youneverarrived That‘s fab! Great photo ❤️ 4y
Suet624 Lovely photo. 4y
LeahBergen How wonderful! 💕💕 4y
Cathythoughts @Trishb thanks 🙏🏻 it‘s lovely to see the lyrics... written so long ago & still rings true to the young Saturday night date ❤️ 4y
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A I love these lyrics too ❤️💫💫 4y
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived thankyou! It was a fun day with the small girl. 💕 4y
Cathythoughts @suet624 thankyou ! So nice of you to say so 4y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen 💕💕💕💕💙 4y
rohit-sawant How lovely! 💜 4y
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant thankyou! It was unexpected 4y
Mdargusch Love this! ❤️ 4y
eanderson So cool! Love it!!! 💕 4y
Cathythoughts @eanderson @Mdargusch thanks, we had a fun day. 💕 4y
Reggie Omg you guys are so that front page couple. This is such a great pic!!! 4y
Cathythoughts @Reggie thanks Reggie. 😬not so sure about that .. but you are a pet to say so ❤️❤️❤️ we had a great day with the small girl 4y
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OK, so this is a redeemed grumpy old man novel. What makes it so impressive is the lovingly drawn cast of characters, in all their flawed beauty. Particularly the women. Auster writes some fabulous, strong women who are deeply appreciated by men not for their looks. It's also a book about books and stories, and the stories are weaved skillfully in. Particularly liked Henry, the loveable art forger. Might be too sweet for some tastes though.

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Drowning in #mtbr 🏔️ at the moment, I think it's a combination of finding The Explosion Chronicles quite difficult and just being tired, stressed and with a slight cold. Hoping to finish a book shortly and this is going to be a #libraryfail if I don't hurry up and read it.

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emilyhaldi
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Nathan Glass moves to Brooklyn after retirement after alienating his family and friends... in hopes to die in peace. Instead he is reunited with his long-lost nephew, Tom, in a used bookstore and adventure ensues. I love Auster‘s writing, although the second half of the story definitely took a bit of a wild turn and he must have been thinking #letsgetridiculous 🤪
#getmovin

Mdargusch Sounds fun? 5y
mcipher I‘m curious - and I loved The Book of Illusions so I am stacking this! 5y
Cinfhen Premise sounds good but a ridiculous adventure might not be for me?!? 5y
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emilyhaldi @Cinfhen @Mdargusch @mcipher I mean, it‘s not too too ridiculous, but it takes a whole different turn from the first half of the book! And definitely forced me to stretch my version of reality just a bit to consider certain scenarios believable 🤨 Overall it was def a pick for me and I look forward to reading more of his books!! (edited) 5y
Cinfhen Hmmmm, so #maybeoneday pile it goes 5y
Cathythoughts Sounds interesting 👍🏻stacking 5y
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REPollock
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Meh. Some of this, I loved. Some of it though was clumsily handled and a couple chapters were just eyerolls.

batsy Oh dear. Unstacking 😆 5y
REPollock @batsy it really makes me sad bc I loved the beginning. 5y
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REPollock
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Sometimes I appreciate a scene in a novel rendered as a script. Also, I feel those feels, Tom.

batsy Yes, Tom! I love it. I'm going to have to read this, aren't I... 5y
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REPollock
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I feel these feels, Nathan.

batsy 💜 5y
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reikof
Pickpick

I hope Nathan lives a long life.

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emilyhaldi
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Pretty sure I'm over-thinking my last read of the year.... But these 3 are in the running. Anyone have specific plans for their last book of 2017?! 🎉

Kappadeemom Mine is A Little Life because it is 700 pages and I‘ve already hit my reading goal for 2017. So maybe I will finish this one right after the NY ;) 5y
BarbaraBB Make it Tin Man! Please! It will be so rewarding, I promise 😉 5y
Leniverse I still have several books to complete before the year is up. Whichever of them is the last one I've finished when I run out of time is my last book of the year. 😂 5y
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emilyhaldi Thanks for the push! BarbaraBB I was wondering if Tin Man might be too sad for end of year, but as long as it's well done, I'm not sure I care!! 5y
JamieArc I unexpectedly have room to read one more book before the year ends and am having trouble choosing it as well! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 5y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi It is sad but it is really really good 💜 5y
Kalalalatja I second @BarbaraBB 👏👏 5y
Blaire I think mine is going to be call me by your name for bookclub and to finish the bookriot read harder challenge. 5y
emilyhaldi @Blaire that book sounds really good. And the movie!!! 5y
Reviewsbylola I will definitely be thinking long and hard about this when I finish my current book. 5y
KarenUK Tinman was one of my favorites this this year 😍 5y
Mitch Hearing good things about Tin Man. Going to add it to the list! 5y
minkyb Interesting timing. I was just contemplating this. 5y
Cinfhen I ended up loving Commonwealth but I've heard great things about Tin Men 5y
Cinfhen Hope you're feeling better today 😘 5y
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shawnmooney
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Another Litsy book trade, this one with @Billypar - thanks again guy!

Billypar Sure thing- hope you like it! 5y
ApoptyGina69 Another one patiently waiting on kindle for me! 5y
erzascarletbookgasm I have this unread. Look forward to your review :) 5y
DeborahSmall I enjoyed this one. I love Paul Auster 5y
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erzascarletbookgasm
Brooklyn Follies | Paul Auster
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#rockinmay #newyorkminute Some books set in NYC waiting patiently for me on my TBR shelf. 🙈
Which one should I push further up my TBR mountain?

Cinfhen Nice collection of titles 😁I liked 6y
DivineDiana If you love New York like I do! 6y
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Billypar Jazz! I just finished it- amazing stuff. 6y
Nat_Reads Goon Squad Goon Squad Goon Squad 6y
Zelma The House of Mirth is really, really good. 6y
erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen @divinediana @Kimlayman7 @Billypar @Nat_Reads @merelybookish @Zelma Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like I should put ALL of these further up my TBR 'coz they're so good! 😅😉 6y
Billypar So much for helping you get a consensus opinion 😜 I should throw in a rec for the Brooklyn Follies just to round things out (it was also a good one). 6y
erzascarletbookgasm @Billypar LOL, thank u for 'rounding things out' 6y
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manifestsanity
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My wife procured me a signed copy of this book as a gift years ago. She met Auster in NYC at a reading and the two even shared a few words en francais. This is such a heartwarming, funny, and generous novel. I love it. #signedsundays

Alfoster Wow! Cool!😍 6y
LeahBergen ❤❤ 6y
EliseBlackwell He was here this past spring for a lit series I organize and was kind as well as fun. The audience read Book of Illusions and I interviewed him on stage. 6y
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Tamarity
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Can't get enough Paul Auster...

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Tamarity
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I'm melting...

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Tamarity
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"One must never own up to a fart in public...farts come from no one and nowhere..." ??

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Chey12
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"Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head."

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Skyler
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I love Paul Auster and this is a great one #setinabookstore. Also, can I just say how much I really hate it when bookstores (I'm looking at you, Barnes and Noble) put their stickers directly on the dust jacket. So annoying. #seasonsreadings2016

Zelma I hate that too. Sometimes, they come right off but often, not so much. 6y
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Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head -Paul Auster
A Million Worlds With You & The Diabolic: New Books!
A Thousand Pieces of You series complete✔️
Excited to read

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Join us, along with our friends @Litsy and @bookriot , this Sunday, 9/18, at the Brooklyn Book Festival! ➡️Booth 229⬅️ Bonus: Pick up these exclusive pins 👍 #BKBF #BKLovesLitsy #PinsWornWell

Darthdad Those buttons are awesome! Wish I was going to be in town 6y
Em890 I picked a bad weekend to be out of the city. 6y
Erynecki Go west, @Litsy and please bring those nifty pins to SF. 6y
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TheBookAddict Awesome pins!!! You should come to Illinois! I want those pins!!! 😍💕📚💕 6y
Carol Someday you'll all visit the Northwest. I just know it!! 6y
KafkaKitten Come to Los Angeles please!! 6y
ValerieAndBooks Wish I could be there! Would buy a pin (or two or...) if Litsy opens an online store!! 6y
alisonrose OMG I will pay someone to get me a Litsy pin!!!!! Pleeeeease!!! 6y
LibrarianJen Big cities get all the fun. 😭😭😭 6y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ughhh, how I would LOVE to go!!! I'm totally dependent on others (temporarily) and they are not bookish types!! 😪 6y
Lizpixie Can someone grab me a set of these and post them to Australia? Quite happy to pay. Please??😟 6y
Felso I need these in Texas, asap! 6y
Tav I want that @Litsy button! 6y
BethFishReads Wish I could be there 6y
ColleenLindsay I will look for you! 6y
Graciouswarriorprincess I need that @Litsy button!! 6y
Alliterati The Out Of Print one is great, especially considering I was also established in 1984. =D 6y
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katedensen
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Hey, NYC-area Littens! Is anyone else going to Brooklyn Book Festival? I'll be at the Brooklyn Indie Party at Greenlight Bookstore on Friday and around all day Sunday. Let's grab a drink (Friday) or coffee (Sunday) and talk about books! #brooklynbookfestival #BKBF #nyclittens

MrBook Wish I could go 😕. 6y
MrBook Have a drink and book on me 6y
katedensen @MrBook Absolutely. Don't worry, I'll post plenty of pics. ☺️ 6y
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MrBook 😊👏🏻👍🏻 6y
Marchpane Oh hey, I'm only 9630 miles from Brooklyn, so maybe I'll swing by? 😂 6y
katedensen @Marchpane Easy peasy. 6y
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Reading was my escape and my comfort, mu consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head. #p13