3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not a bad way to pass the time of day,
This review is from: The Brooklyn Follies (Paperback)
This was my first Paul Auster book and I did enjoy his style and the general storyline did hold my attention. It does feel a little like a soap opera, the characters are sympathetic as they battle with their modern day issues in Brooklyn. Nathan is a believable narrator with many faults as well as strengths as the storyline ambled along. I did not think there was anything outstanding about it though and the story is relatively tame and gentle except of course for the last paragraph or so. I can see what Auster was trying to do with bring Sept 11th into the book but I don't think it worked. It did show the arbitrary nature of such a dramatic event overshadowing people's lives but I think he needed to write a bit more about it. I wouldn't rush to read another Auster but find it hard to criticise this book too much.