Brooklyn Follies

This is the name of a book, by Paul Auster. Yes, it takes place, partly at least, in Brooklyn. My friend Prof. Dr. John J. Kelly of the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, recommended it to me.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, combining as it does tough-guy Brooklynese lingo with hilarious stories of folly and tragi-comic events; yet it offers messages of hope and shows how love saves us. Just 306 pages and it’ll hold your interest all the way, I think. At least it did me, and my friend Prof. Dr. John J. Kelly, who being Irish speaks Dutch fluently, and yet still understands the Brooklyn culture. Way to go, John! Ahh, to be a Renaissance Man!

  1. Danielle’s avatar

    When I stumbled over here the first thing that came to mind reading your post concerning the flies in Maine was the book Circle of the Seasons The Journal of a Naturalist’s Year by Edwin Way Teale. It is a great book focusing on the natural world of Up State New York.

    If you haven’t already read it, I really think you would enjoy it.

    I love Maine, I visited Porter Maine when I was younger and I am a fan of Stephen King. Maine is really the way life should be, eh.
    Wishing you well

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    I’m not familiar with that book but think I should be. I’ve just been looking it up now and see it was published in 1953. I’ll have to ask my wife about it. We might even have a copy somewhere.

    Hey, a fan of Stephen King! Way to go! He’s a Maine treasure alright. We read his latest book, “On Writing”, not long ago, in which he gives a great personal account of his life as well as describing his bizarre and near fatal accident.

    Yeah, that’s it: Maine is the way life should be! 😀

  3. Danielle’s avatar

    I have read that one and really found it inspirational how he didn’t give up in those early days but my ultimate favorite is the Stand and Tommyknockers.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, it was inspirational how he didn’t give up, and lots of good clues as to how to write well, as I remember, but it’s been quite awhile since I put the book down. I have to confess that I haven’t read either the Stand or Tommyknockers. In fact, I haven’t read that much of him to be honest. But Carrie and Pet Sematary stuck in my craw and keep coming back to me at odd times. Also, the movie Shining. “Heeeer’s Johnnie!” Creepy creepy scary!


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