7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A good read,
This review is from: The Brooklyn Follies (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed the Brooklyn Follies.
It is a sympathetic and generous book. I imagine that fans of earlier Auster might find it sentimental, even sappy, but I don't think that's a bad thing. There's a refreshing honesty to the novel and it's more realistic than his usual psychological fare (although perhaps not as good!).
I thought some of the characters were weak. The sister's story is nonsense but it's all worth it for the relationship between the uncle and nephew.
I didn't mind the use of September 11th. It's a suitable way of illustrating the general idea of the book - to relax, take a deep breath, accept you make mistakes and try to enjoy life.