Homer Langley From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel World s Fair and The March the novels of E L Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction Now with Ho

  • Title: Homer & Langley
  • Author: E.L. Doctorow
  • ISBN: 9781400064946
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World s Fair, and The March, the novels of E L Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction Now, with Homer Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work.Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers the one blind and deeply intuitive, the otherFrom Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World s Fair, and The March, the novels of E L Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction Now, with Homer Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work.Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War They live as recluses in their once grand Fifth Avenue mansion, scavenging the city streets for things they think they can use, hoarding the daily newspapers as research for Langley s proposed dateless newspaper whose reportage will be as prophecy Yet the epic events of the century play out in the lives of the two brothers wars, political movements, technological advances and even though they want nothing than to shut out the world, history seems to pass through their cluttered house in the persons of immigrants, prostitutes, society women, government agents, gangsters, jazz musicians and their housebound lives are fraught with odyssean peril as they struggle to survive and create meaning for themselves Brilliantly conceived, gorgeously written, this mesmerizing narrative, a free imaginative rendering of the lives of New York s fabled Collyer brothers, is a family story with the resonance of myth, an astonishing masterwork unlike any that have come before from this great writer.

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    1. E.L. Doctorow

      E L DOCTOROW S works of fiction include Homer Langley,The March, Billy Bathgate, Ragtime, the Book of Daniel, City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, Loon Lake, World s Fair, The Waterworks, and All the Time in the World Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, The Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal In 2009 he was short listed for the Man Booker International Prize honoring a writer s lifetime achievement in fiction, and in 2012 he won the PEN Saul Bellow Award given to an author whose scale of achievement over a sustained career places him in the highest rank of American Literature In 2013 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Gold Medal for Fiction.

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    1. Onvan Homer Langley Nevisande E.L Doctorow ISBN 1400064945 ISBN13 9781400064946 Dar 224 Safhe Saal e Chap 2009

    2. The bachelor Collyer brothers, of a respected family, were reclusive hoarders who lived in a Manhattan brownstone After their bodies were found in 1947 than a hundred tons of trash was removed from their house Doctorow has taken the historical pair and put them to other uses He looks at a wide swath of 20th century American history through the windows of their Fifth Avenue house, extending their lives beyond 1947, swapping some details between the brothers, and tossing in a cast of illustrative [...]

    3. 4 stars Ah my brother, don t you see The ultimate technological achievement will be escaping from the mess we ve made There will be none after that because we will reproduce everything that we did on earth, we ll go through the whole sequence all over again somewhere else, and people will read my paper as prophecy, and know that having gotten off one planet, they will be able to destroy another with confidence When I began reading this book, I had no idea that Homer and Langley Collyer were real [...]

    4. I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by E L Doctorow where he read from Homer and Langley and was interviewed onstage He joked that the story of the Collyer brothers had become an American myth and that, as with all myths, one does not need to research, only interpret This book is essentially the rambling of an old, blind man, Homer as he reflects back on his life spent with his trusty brother, Langley in their family s mansion in New York City The book doesn t have chapters or parts It s just [...]

    5. Em 1947, foram encontrados os cad veres dos irm os Homer e Langley Collyer, que residiam numa mans o da Quinta Avenida, em Manhattan Langley ia a rastejar por um dos t neis de fardos de jornais, para levar comida ao irm o cego e paralisado, quando acionou uma das armadilhas, ficando soterrado debaixo de uma pilha de coisas Homer morreu de fome e desidrata o.Foram retirados da casa 140 toneladas de objectos, entre eles um autom vel.Utilizando a narrativa na primeira pessoa, pela voz de Homer, Doc [...]

    6. Doctorow vuelve a darnos una clase magistral de c mo recrear la historia Partiendo de un hecho ver dico, el del descubrimiento de los cuerpos de los hermanos Collyer en su mansi n de la Quinta Avenida en Manhattan, Doctorow nos relata su versi n de c mo podr an haber llegado a ese estado O m s bien, en palabras del propio autor Como mitos que son, los hermanos Collyer requer an no que se investigara sobre ellos sino que se les interpretara La historia est narrada por Homer Collyer, el hermano ci [...]

    7. One of the saddest novels ever written Homeopathic treatment for lonelinessHomer is Langley s prisoner Langley is Langley s prisoner

    8. Well, this book is absolutely beautiful I am still thinking about what I want to say about Homer Langley, while simultaneously composing a letter to E.L Doctorow in my head I felt this novel deeply and I am marveling at Doctorow s ability with words and language which activate the senses while creating images that linger.More of a review to come Okay, so after pondering for a couple of days, here is what I have come up with This novel was released in 2009, but just this past fall, the trade pape [...]

    9. Some see a re telling of an urban myth based on the famous Collyer brothers And it is in many ways, they have certainly been the inspiration, many of their eccentricities have been put into the Homer Langley of Doctorow and it makes a great scene for this story.Doctorow expands the story approximately 40 years to include the post war years, the cold war years and the hippie years, to end it in the 80 ties, the decade when we all started being so seclusive self conscious that we hardly made room [...]

    10. What do we really know If every question is answered so that we know everything there is to know about life and the universe, what then What will be different The darkness will be there still The deepest darkness The darkness that is deeper than any sea dingle This was a book I was pleased to read among my Batman graphic novels for July, weekly marathon and subsequent reviews for Batman The Animated Series, and an assortment of shoujo josei manga It was only two hundred and a few pages long and [...]

    11. Doctorow s books, at least the two that I ve read, proceed so patiently that you almost get bored Perhaps in the same way that one might get bored watching an elephant or great blue heron a thing of slow beauty.So the story doesn t move like an episode of 24 It s OK Doctorow is eating you all the while, a python novelist wrapping himself around you until one little squeeze will do you in The last four short sentences of HOMER LANGLEY, for instance like the final chapters of WORLD S FAIR , will t [...]

    12. I understand Doctorow is writing fiction hell, I love his blending of reality and fictional fantasy in Ragtime However, the real life of the Collyer brothers is so interesting and heartbreaking it doesn t need thirty extra years, various young women and other devices out of the writer s toolbox This book has a hollow feeling at its core, completely unlike the stuffed to the cornices Collyer mansion on New York City s Fifth Avenue Homer and Langley for whatever unnecessary reason, at least to thi [...]

    13. There s something both alluring and repulsive about compulsive hoarders Once, a few years ago, I had to help clean out the house of one of my in laws neighbors who had just died Entering the man s house was like stepping into an Egyptian tomb relics from countless eras stacked methodically to the ceiling, knick knacks piled haphazardly in corners and on top of the mantle Moving around was limited by the small pathways the man had carved through his treasures, though they were not so much paths a [...]

    14. Dobbiamo tener testa al mondo non siamo davvero liberi se lo siamo solo quando gli altri ce lo permettono Sono arrivata a questo autore e a questa lettura col percorso ormai consueto ho cominciato a leggere diverse recensioni tutte favorevoli su questo scrittore a me completamente sconosciuto e qui uno deve rassegnarsi alla condizione di sconforto che Troisi ben sintetizza con la frase loro a scrivere sono tanti, io a leggere uno solo, non c competizione non c limite cio alla condizione dell uma [...]

    15. Il novecento visto dalla 5th AvenueEccellente sorpresa questo romanzo che riporta Doctorow ai livelli degli anni 70 80 quando l autore scrisse i suoi capolavori Ragtime, Il libro di Daniel, Billy Bathgate , resi indimenticabili anche da notevoli versioni cinematografiche a cura di Forman, Lumet e Benton Difficilmente per qualcuno potr portare sullo schermo questa incredibile vicenda che le cronache dicono ispirata a fatti veri con un io narrante cieco e un fratello coprotagonista, compulsivo rac [...]

    16. Il romanzo scritto prendendo spunto dalla storia realmente avvenuta dei fratelli Collyer, che, dopo una vita interessante e movimentata, si rinchiudono nel palazzo paterno, a Manhattan, dove accumulano in modo sconsiderato quantit spropositate di oggetti di tutti i generi fino ad avere sempre meno contatti con il mondo esterno, fino a rimanere sepolti all interno.Questa storia, anomala e quasi assurda, narrata con molta tenerezza ed eleganza da Homer, il fratello cieco, che descrive le tante ini [...]

    17. Ho scelto d interpretare il mito.Cos afferm Edgard L Doctorow in un intervista all indomani dell uscita di Homer Langley 2010 Con questa affermazione intendeva sottolineare come la sua rielaborazione della famigerata storia di cronaca dei fratelli Collyer si fosse spostata dal mera cronaca del fatto ad una riscrittura ideologica.Al mito, in senso stretto, ci riconduce innanzitutto il fratello maggiore Homer che, cieco come l omonimo aedo greco, si presta ad essere voce narrante.Strutturalmente D [...]

    18. First Doctorow and I was impressed I am getting better at enjoying first person points of view It takes some time to get into the book but the storyline gains momentum I don t think this book is for everybody It s not intense, it s just really good storytelling by an unreliable narrator Next from this author, Welcome to Hard Times, another book that influenced Donald Ray Pollock.

    19. E L Doctorow 1931 21 de Julho 2015 O escritor norte americano E L Doctorow 1931 2015 publicou em 2009 o romance Homer Langley baseado na hist ria ver dica dos irm os Collyer, reclusos na sua mans o na Quinta Avenida, Nova Iorque, e que foram encontrados mortos e soterrados em mais de 140 toneladas de lixo e de outros objectos.Mans o dos irm os Collyer, na Quinta Avenida, Nova IorqueHomer o narrador, o irm o cego, que perdeu a vista lentamente no final da adolesc ncia, foi uma sorte ter me aconte [...]

    20. E.L Doctorow is a wonder among living American novelists and in HL he offers much to contemplate in his historical novel about the evolution of two wounded brothers and the New York in which they reside Homer, as the classical name suggests, is a contemporary blind writer who relies upon his sighted brother Langley, wounded by mustard gas in WWI They evolve into nearly total recluses living in a once stately manse across 5th Avenue from Central Park The times, they are a changing and the boys tr [...]

    21. Read Nov 2016Rating 5 5 stars, best of 2016I have always been oddly fascinated by hoarding and the mindset of people who pack their homes from floor to ceiling with all sorts of junk so this book has been one I have meant to read for a long time I found it incredibly moving as well as entertaining.The story is told from the POV of Homer, who goes blind in early adulthood He lives with his brother Langley in their childhood home an opulent mansion in a prestigious area of New York Homer chronicle [...]

    22. People pass out of one s life and all you can remember of them is their humanity, a poor fitful thing of no dominion, like your own This is probably Doctorow s funniest novel I ve read It s not all out laugh out loud funny, but it s chuckles than you can afford to expose in a quite cafe Oh my, Homer, Langley, their filial bond is a marvel We never get to chose who out brothers are but at least we get a say in who we can call family And these two Collyer brothers live up to this premise, despite [...]

    23. Il declino della casa CollyerDoctorow, un autore scomparso recentemente e da me scoperto proprio su anobii, parte da una storia vera, ambientata nella New York dei primi decenni del novecento narrando la vita dei due fratelli Collyer eredi di una famiglia importante nella borghese e mercantile societ statunitense, e li accompagna nel loro declino, dovuto principalmente alla non accettazione delle regole e convenzioni sociali del tempo e a una gravissima e inarrestabile sindrome da accumulo che l [...]

    24. Primo libro di Doctorow che leggo, spinto dalla sua recente scomparsa Non semplice parlare di questa lettura in realt , il suo sviluppo lineare e facilmente comprensibile Quando per si prende la trama e la si mischia con quella che stata la cronaca, ne emerge un quadro tremendo, spaventoso Ho inteso documentarmi solo verso la fine del testo e mai scelta fu pi indovinata, perch solo cos ho potuto leggere senza pregiudizi o immagini nella mia mente La chiusa del romanzo forse una delle pi belle ed [...]

    25. Chi sono i folli i due fratelli o il mondo l fuori e quando un comportamento normale vira verso la malattia mentale E sottile il confine tra lucidit e paranoia, stravaganza e alienazione, libert e prigionia dalla propria idea di libert Libro molto bello, profondo, scritto benissimo Grazie all amica dagio_maya che l ha consigliato

    26. Two men blind to their life one literally accumulate stuff barely useful or actually totally useless to their actual purposes in New York City, where this takes place view spoiler and in the end their life is strangled by the weight of their acquired but deadly pile of lifetime pillage hide spoiler Metaphor to our American way of life A warning to change our frenzied collecting and mall rat culture A literary look at how a lifetime of collecting memories might weigh us down spiritually when ther [...]

    27. This book presses in on me In a bad way, like walls closing in I finished it an hour ago, tossed it on the nightstand and turned out the light And I couldn t sleep all I could think was how scary and wrong and inevitable the ending was I close my eyes and see the world through Langley s mad eyes and then my own eyes fly open again It s keeping me up tonight, this tale of two brothers I didn t like the story I didn t like the constant invasion of space that heaped up throughout the book I read to [...]

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