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    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 characters EL Doctorow 1931 2015 image from the New YorkerHomer and Langley Collyer are brothers Homer is mysteriously blinded as a teen while Langley’s health is seriously compromised when he is gassed in the trenches of World War I Characters come into and out of focus standing in for the events of sundry decades The brothers’ parents are taken in the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 A lefty girlfriend is deported in the Palmer Raids of the 1920s We get a look at a Prohibition gangster Rent raising dances are held during the Depression Japanese servants are taken away during World War II Jewish representatives come by raising money for the poor souls in Europe who are suffering at the hands of you know who The grandson of the family cook a Tuskegee airman is killed in North Africa The fifties arrive in the form of Senate hearings and TV game shows The 60s features a moon landing hippies a concert on the Great Lawn a bit of free love and references to some of the other seminal events of the time Doctorow takes some license with the events placing a 1980 atrocity in El Salvador next to the Jonestown event of 1978 next to the Baptist church bombing of 1963 next to the New York city blackout of 1965 Whatever While it was a fast and somewhat engaging read I never felt totally drawn in by Homer the primary character here or Langley They were so obviously serving as structural devices for the larger purpose There were times when one felt for Homer but then it was off to a recounting of the century again I felt as if the book were largely a Powerpoint presentation of the century with Homer and Langley as the background graphicNot a bad read or one completely lacking the ability to draw one in but once one was drawn in the tale and characters were not attractive enough to justify sticking around Homer and Langley seems mostly an intellectual exercise It does strike me though that in the hands of a top notch film maker it might make a fascinating bit of cinemaEXTRA STUFFMy reviews of other books by Doctorow The March World’s Fair


  2. says:

    Homer Langley EL Doctorow Homer Langley is a novel by American author E L Doctorow published in September 2009 It imagines a version of the lives of the Collyer brothers of New York City notorious for their eccentricities as well as their habit of compulsively hoarding a plethora of various bric a brac newspapers books and other itemsتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و سوم ماه سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادیعنوان هومر و لنگلی؛ نویسنده ایال دکتروف؛ مترجم الهام نظری؛ تهران، افراز، 1390، در 216 ص؛ شابک 9789646005218497؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 21 معنوان هومر و لنگلی؛ نویسنده ایال دکتروف؛ مترجم وحید روزبهانی؛ تهران، ماهی، 1391، در 192 ص؛ شابک 9789642091539؛ دو برادر هومر و لنگلی؛ در خانواده ای ثروتمند به همین دنیا آمده اند هومر بیمار است و بینایی اش را از دست میدهد؛ و لنگلی راهی جنگ میشود؛ پدر و مادر درمیگذرند؛ و پس از بازگشت لنگلی از جنگ؛ دو برادر به زندگی تنهایی، درون خانه ی خویش به آرا و افکاری عجیب روی میآورند؛ کتاب شرح تنهایی و زندگی این دو برادر است؛ ا شربیانی


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    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 seuence 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 life hoarders and recluses living in Harlem in a Fifth Avenue brownstone during the first half of the 20th century They became legendary after their bodies were found in 1947 amongst nearly 120 tons of junk ranging from anything and everything from ceiling high stacks of newspapers to pianos to a Model T Ford planted right in the middle of their living uarters EL Doctorow takes these two eccentrics and fictionalizes and humanizes them to a degree that allows the reader to perhaps understand their motives as well as to possibly provide us with a warning as to what may happen in a society where we accumulate and to the point that we become blinded to reality and the world around us In Homer Langley Doctorow expands the life of these characters beyond their demise in 1947 and instead we get a view of them from their childhood and straight into the 1970's In so doing the author allows us to get a broad overview of the historical events of this time period ranging from WWI to the Vietnam War We gain a perspective of these events through the two brothers and the people to whom they come in contact with throughout their lifetime In this story Langley is a victim of mustard gas in WWI and returns to his home and his brother not only as a troubled man but also one full of ideas and theories about mankind Langley begins a daily perusal of any and all newspapers he could obtain and begins to accumulate stuff in order to perhaps make sense of a world gone awryThis novel is actually told through the narration of Homer looking retrospectively at the lives of the two brothers I'm Homer the blind brother I didn't lose my sight all at once it was like the movies a slow fade out For a person without sight Homer instead has a sharpened awareness through his other senses as well as keen insight into the world around him He and Langley encounter a motley assortment of persons throughout their time including gangsters prostitutes musicians immigrants and hippies They host parties; they wrestle with the authorities including the electric and water companies and the health department; they fend off the abuse of rude children At times the glimpse at life and its absurdities was almost comical While at the same time Homer's introspective viewpoint was intensely stirring Homer yearned for love I still had hopes of finding someone to love but felt as I had never before that my sightlessness was a physical deformity as likely to drive away a comely woman as would a hunch of the back or a crippled leg My sense of myself as damaged suggested the wiser course of seclusion as a means of avoiding pain sorrow and humiliation This was an engaging yet deliberate look at a couple of fascinating and uirky individuals EL Doctorow managed to capture a bit of the nostalgia of times gone by in an ever changing city Ultimately as Homer and Langley plunge further into their own private darkness they become and shut off from society It is interesting to reflect personally on our own lives In the end what is our legacy – is it the objects that we have left behind? How will we be remembered? It is our story that perhaps matters the most Given who I am what is there to write about? Exactly who you are Your life across from the park Your history deserving of the black shutters


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    Σκέφτηκα πως θα έχει εξαιρετική αυτοπεποίθηση για να αναλάβει να καθοδηγήσει έναν τυφλό και μετά από αυτή την καλή πράξη να καθίσει επιπλέον να μιλήσει μαζί του Συνήθως οι άνθρωποι που βοηθάνε σπεύδουν να εξαφανιστούν


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    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 one long retrospect – flowing from one event to the next in a roughly chronological fashion Sounds pretty standard right? What gives this book an edge is that these two main characters are bizarre compulsive hoarders Even interesting these characters their legendary accumulation of junk and their news worthy deaths are based on actual people and events Sure Doctorow took some liberties with the story remember he was interpreting but the basic premise in all its absurdity is true And honestly if the book did not have this anchor in reality I would have had a hard time surrendering to the story Most of the time I didn’t know how to react to the text Sometimes I’d take it seriously – trying to understand Langley’s theories Sometimes I was overwhelmed with pity because Doctorow does a great job of showing their gradual degradation and making these two weirdoes likeable Sometimes I remained judgmental of all the nonconforming behavior and filth Sometimes I just had to laugh while wondering if it was wrong to be laughing After joining the audience's laughter at several of Doctorow’s jokes and witty comments I think this is what he intended – especially when Langley assembles an actual car in the dining room Given all my conflicting engagements with the book I was eager for answers My number one uestion was about placing the book in a genre Alas Doctorow eschewed the interviewer’s uestion about picking a genre for his works He said he doesn’t like how people keep sticking adjectives in front of his title as a novelist It is fine he said if people want to describe him as a historical novelist a post modern novelist or whatever else But he’s not going to help them in their categorization or even pay them much mind Overall his response was thoughtful but I am still vaguely unsatisfied Maybe I'm just a labeling freakDoctorow also said that Homer’s voice came very easily to him as he wrote It shows He does an admirable job of describing Homer’s blindness and all the sounds of life I would say that this book does for sound what Patrick Süskind's Perfume did for smell Since I am comparing books it also reminds me of Pete Hamill’s Forever in that it shows the changing tides of New York City and even America Yet Doctorow’s book is faster and enjoyable than Hamill’sThankfully this is a very uick read Doctorow was wise to keep in short because I don’t think I could have handled much ; it's hard to read about characters wasting away in complete grime and isolation And man what a great understated last paragraph Overall I appreciate the musical style of the writing and the uniue perspective it offers I only gave it three stars because I prefer plot driven stories over montages But I would recommend it to others


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    Doctorow vuelve a darnos una clase magistral de cómo recrear la historia Partiendo de un hecho verídico el del descubrimiento de los cuerpos de los hermanos Collyer en su mansión de la uinta Avenida en Manhattan Doctorow nos relata su versión de cómo podrían haber llegado a ese estado O más bien en palabras del propio autor Como mitos ue son los hermanos Collyer reuerían no ue se investigara sobre ellos sino ue se les interpretaraLa historia está narrada por Homer Collyer el hermano ciego ue nos cuenta como ha transcurrido su vida junto a su hermano Langley Realmente no hay un comienzo simplemente Homer empieza su historia partiendo del momento en ue perdió la vista antes de los veinte años y de cómo tuvo ue adaptarse a la vida a partir de ese momento; pero no perdió la vista de golpe sino paulatinamente como en un fundido en negro Preparándose para este hecho Homer se memoriza su casa y los lugares de alrededor al tiempo ue sigue asistiendo al Conservatorio y tocando el pianoEl inuieto hermano de Homer Langley es el otro elemento protagonista de la novela Langley ingeniero es una persona rara ue siempre está pensando extrañas teorías como la Teoría de los Reemplazos basada en ue somos el reemplazo de nuestros padres la generación anterior y ue existe reemplazo para todo y para todos Pero la teoría más peculiar la ue estará presente durante toda la vida de ambos hermanos será la del periódico único para todos los tiempos con el cuál podrás saber todo lo ue pasará porue la historia siempre termina repitiéndose; esta es una explicación sencilla Para confeccionarlo Langley compra todos los periódicos en sus ediciones matutinas y vespertinas recortando todo auello ue sea de interés para su proyecto Este es el punto de inflexión el ue marcará el devenir de la vida en la mansión ya ue la acumulación de periódicos es sustancial Pero aún se agravará más con el regreso de Langley de la Gran Guerra momento a partir del cuál almacenará también cualesuiera tipo de objetos ue crea puedan serles de utilidad o no porue tener un coche en el salón no creo ue sea muy útil ¿verdad?No uerría contar mucho más de esta extraordinaria historia porue parte de su interés radica en el descubrimiento por uno mismo del transcurrir de la vida de los personajes contado maravillosamente por HomerDoctorow lo tenía muy fácil para caer en el sentimentalismo gratuito intentando buscarnos la fibra sensible o adoptando una postura en la ue los hermanos uedasen como unos meros chalados excéntricos de los ue reírse Pero todo lo contrario el tacto y la profundidad en la escritura de Doctorow su planteamiento al desvelarnos esta historia es exuisitaEn mi recuerdo uedarán la bondad y comprensión de Homer las teorías de Langley la parte del gángster Vincent o la del matrimonio Hoshiyama y tantos otros y cómo no la demoledora última frase


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    Em 1947 foram encontrados os cadáveres dos irmãos Homer e Langley Collyer ue residiam numa mansão da uinta Avenida em Manhattan Langley ia a rastejar por um dos túneis de fardos de jornais para levar comida ao irmão cego e paralisado uando acionou uma das armadilhas ficando soterrado debaixo de uma pilha de coisasHomer morreu de fome e desidrataçãoForam retirados da casa 140 toneladas de objectos entre eles um automóvelUtilizando a narrativa na primeira pessoa pela voz de Homer Doctorow dá nos a conhecer a história de dois homens a uem a morte prematura dos pais as guerras a rigidez das instituições levaram ao isolamento Apesar de se tratar de uma história dramática a narrativa é leve excepto a última frase curta mas com um significado atroz Antes de ler o livro vi algumas das dezenas de fotografias publicadas na Internet agora já não as uero ver e pensava ue só dois loucos poderiam ter vivido assim Já não penso assim Homer era um homem sensível limitado pela sua cegueira; Langley um homem muito inteligente mas inadaptado socialmente Na opinião do Miguel há uma frase ue vou roubar porue ilustra perfeitamente também a minha leitura deste livro nunca conseguimos decidir se é o mais libertador e radical dos sonhos ou o mais horrível e angustiante dos pesadelos


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    There is an elegiac tone to this fictionalized memoir of Homer Collyer typed by him on a Braille typewriter shortly before his death recalling lives of increasingly eccentric behavior and sualor he and his brother Langley led in the family home on Fifth Avenue across from Central Park from the 1880s to the Vietnam War era Although Doctorow based the novel on the real Collyer brothers and in spite of the fact that he has them directly participate in a great deal of America's history for two recluses I wouldn't say that the book's appeal is really to fans of historical fiction Rather readers who enjoy oddball humor and seeing the world from a uirky point of view might like this; think Annie Proulx's The Shipping News or Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteredge I also found Homer's reflections on his sensory experience of life which included his gradual loss of sight during high school and later loss of hearing and therefore his beloved music to be moving Doctorow offers some nice thought provoking turns of phrase as well And then there was that feeling one gets in a ride to a cemetery trailing a body in a coffin an impatience with the dead a longing to be back home where one could get on with the illusion that not death but daily life is the permanent condition


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    داستان هومر و لنگلی زیباترین و بهترین کتابی بود که در عمرم خونده امهر 3 4صفحه ای که میخوندم مدام به عکس پشت جلد که عکس نویسنده کتاب بود و لبخند میزد نگاه میکردممدام میدیدم صفحه چندمم و چقدر میوندهبدترین احساس رو حین خوندن کتاب داشتماز یه طرف چون عاشق کتاب بودم نمیخواستم تموم بشه و میخواستم تا ابد بخونمش از یه طرف میخواستم سریع تموم بشه و از این دنیای تیره و تار رها بشمشخصیت اول داستان یعنی هومر مثل اسکوبی جان کلام،فلوری روزهای برمه و 2پسر مرگ فروشنده بودحتی از اونها هم بهم نزدیک تردنیایی که توسط هومر وصف شده بود دنیایی نبود که فقط حس ترحم رو نسبت به خودش و برادرش لنگلی برام به وجود بیاره بلکه هرکسی توی هرجمله و حسرت و نابودی و تباهی اون میتونست روزهای رفته خودش رو هم ببینهداستان زوال و سقوط از اوجدر حالی که هومر و لنگلی توی بهترین شرایط ظاهری به دنیا اومدن اما بدجور دچار مشکلات خودساخته یا مشکلات تحمیلی زندگی و جامعه شدنمن اصلا فکرشو نمیکردم این داستان واقعی باشه و همین به شدت منو شوکه کردجایی که حرف از جایزه پولیتزر برای عکس از لنگلی شد متوجه این موضوع شدم و دیدن عکسای اونا بشدت متاثرم کردبعضی قسمتای کتاب خیلی تاثیرگذار بودنپرتاب سنگ توسط بچه ها به خونه هومر و لنگلیتوصیفات هومر از مادرش که اونو به خرید میبردبازی کردنای دوبرادر در بچگیمشت زدن یه پلیس به هومربرخورد بد وینست و دار و دسته اش با دو برادردر کل عالی بودخیلی خیلی زیبا بود


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    “νεκροταφείο που ακολουθεί ένα σώμα σε ένα φέρετρο μια ανυπομονησία με τους νεκρούς μια λαχτάρα να επιστρέψει στο σπίτι όπου κάποιος θα μπορούσε να συνεχίσει με την ψευδαίσθηση ότι όχι ο θάνατος αλλά η καθημερινή ζωή είναι η μόνιμη κατάσταση “Έχουν και οι λέξεις μουσική που ακούγεται όταν σκέφτεσαι Όταν σκέφτεσαι μια λέξη ακούς τον ήχος της οι λέξεις έχουν μουσική και αν είσαι μουσικός θα γράφεις για να τις ακούς Το βιβλίο «Χόμερ Λάνγκλεϋ» του Doctorow είναι μυθιστοριογραφία βασισμένη σε αληθινά γεγονότα Πρόκειται για μια θλιβερή και συγκλονιστική ιστορίαπου υφαίνεται με άπλετο συγγραφικό ταλέντο και καταφέρνει να αναισθητοποιεί τις αισθήσεις και να εκπλήσσει τον αναγνώστη με το στοιχειωτικό και αξέχαστο πλαίσιο αναφοράς της σκληρής πραγματικότητας Αναφέρεται σε δυο εσωστρεφείς αναχωρητές της ζωής δυο θλιβερούς μοναχικούς και αυτάρκεις άνδρες που ως αδέλφια αποδεικνύουν στο πέρασμα των χρόνων την βάρβαρη ανθρώπινη φύση Την απελπιστικά ιδανική και ευνοϊκή κατάρα της τύχης που με δραματική ένταση και ακλόνητα παγιωμένη καταδίκη ενώνει μέχρι το θάνατο μια αλληλεξαρτώμενη και άνευ όρων αγάπη ανάμεσα στους αδελφούς Collyer με την αριστοκρατική καταγωγή και την εύπορη ζωή που τους χάρισε αρχικά ο οικογενειακός κληρονομικός και οικονομικός προϋπολογισμός της σιωπηρής ευωχίας τους Μια γενιά ανδρών που ολοκλήρωσε διαδικασίες αιώνων μέσα από ανάγκες προερχόμενες απο διαλεκτικές μήτρες ίσως να μπορούσαν να αντιμετωπιστούν απο απόρθητα κάστρα ή απο καλύτερο μετερίζι Το αποτέλεσμα πάντως θα παραμείνει ίδιο Δεν χαμπαριάζει η άβυσσος της ύπαρξης απο κύματα μοναξιάς ή ανεπάρκειας στον ωκεανό της απαίτησης και της αστάθειας των πάντων Καταραμένη εντροπία Οι αδελφοί Collyer ήταν εκκεντρικοί ρακοσυλλέκτες και συσσωρευτές στιγμών και αποφάσεων που ζούσαν στην Ν Υόρκη Πάνω στα αληθινά γεγονότα της υπόθεσης αυτής ο συγγραφέας βασίζεται και μετουσιώνει τις αλλαγές του δημιουργώντας μια αφήγηση γλυκόπικρη σχετικά με μια αληθινή ιστορία τρέλας και εξάρτησης Μέσα απο τις εξελίξεις του 20ου αιώνα και τη συνοπτική φαντασία της Αμερικής τα διαβόητα αδέλφια της Πέμπτης λεωφόρου βιώνουν μεταμορφωτικές εξελίξεις σε κάθε έκφανση της ζωής συμπεριλαμβανομένης της μετάβασης σιωπηλών ταινιών σε ομιλούσες ταινίες στην τηλεόραση την ανάπτυξη της τζαζ τη Μεγάλη Ύφεση τον Δεύτερο Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο τον πόλεμο του Βιετνάμ και την αντιπολίτευση του και το κίνημα πολιτικών δικαιωμάτων «Ήταν λες και οι καιροί πέρασαν από το σπίτι μας σαν άνεμος και αυτά ήταν τα πράγματα που κατατέθηκαν εδώ από τους ανέμους του πολέμου» Ο Χόμερ έχασε σταδιακά την όραση του μέχρι την πλήρη τύφλωση στην ενηλικίωση του και ο Λάνγκλεΰ επέστρεψε απο τον Α’ΠΠ σοφά παρανοϊκός και εμπεριστατωμένα εμμονικός Κάπως ξαφνικά μεγάλωσαν κάπως αστεία ωρίμασαν κάπως τραγικά έχασαν τους ευυπόληπτους γονείς τους και ξεκίνησε αυτή η παράδοξη και μπουκωμένη απο θλιβερά συναισθήματα και συσωρευμένα υλικά και ψυχικά σκουπίδια ιστορία Αυτή η ιστορία των θρυλικών αδελφών Collyer που χάθηκαν σε μεγάλη ηλικία στο κάποτε κομψό σπίτι της Fifth Avenue της οικογένειάς τους προσφέρει ένα μοναδικό ιστορικό πλεονέκτημα για την κοινωνία της Νέας Υόρκης από τον Πρώτο Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο μέχρι το Δεύτερο τελειώνοντας με τους θανάτους των αδελφών σε καταστροφές το 1947Είμαστε όλοι εξοικειωμένοι με τον αστικό μύθο της εθελοντικής απομόνωσηςτου αρχαίου ερημίτη που κρύβεται σε ένα άθλιο σπίτι γεμάτο με δοκάρια σαρακοφαγωμένα έντομα τρωκτικά στοίβες με παλιές εφημερίδες και σκουπίδια κάθε λογής και περιγραφής Με χρονολογική εξέλιξη φτάνουμε στην κατάσταση της εξαθλίωσης κάθε μορφής οντολογικής και υλικής Αυτός ο θρύλος μπορεί να ξεκίνησε με τους αδελφούς Collyer των οποίων η εκκεντρική συμπεριφορά κατά τη διάρκεια τριών δεκαετιών έγινε διαβόητη πρώτα στους συγκλονισμένους γείτονές τους και αργότερα σε εκατομμύρια Νεοϋορκέζους μέσω άθλιων άρθρων στον Τύπο της πόλης Ο Doctorow λέει την ιστορία της επιδείνωσής τους με την πάροδο των ετών σε αυτό το εντυπωσιακά μικρό και ιερά μακάβριο βιβλίο 💞💞💜💜💞💞Καλή ανάγνωση Πολλούς ασπασμούς


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Collyerin erakkoveljesten makaaberista kuolemasta 1947 tuli välittömästi amerikkalainen legenda mutta mitä tapahtui ennen sitä? Tositarinaan perustuva romaani on havahduttava kuvaus eksentristen veljesten vaiheista materialismin mahdista ja 1900 luvun AmerikastaCollyerin veljekset eivät aina olleet erakkoja Vu 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 seuence 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 life hoarders and recluses living in Harlem in a Fifth Avenue brownstone during the first half of the 20th century They became legendary after their bodies were found in 1947 amongst nearly 120 tons of junk ranging from anything and everything from ceiling high stacks of newspapers to pianos to a Model T Ford planted right in the middle of their living uarters EL Doctorow takes these two eccentrics and fictionalizes and humanizes them to a degree that allows the reader to perhaps understand their motives as well as to possibly provide us with a warning as to what may happen in a society where we accumulate and to the point that we become blinded to reality and the world around us In Homer Langley Doctorow expands the life of these characters beyond their demise in 1947 and instead we get a view of them from their childhood and straight into the 1970's In so doing the author allows us to get a broad overview of the historical events of this time period ranging from WWI to the Vietnam War We gain a perspective of these events through the two brothers and the people to whom they come in contact with throughout their lifetime In this story Langley is a victim of mustard gas in WWI and returns to his home and his brother not only as a troubled man but also one full of ideas and theories about mankind Langley begins a daily perusal of any and all newspapers he could obtain and begins to accumulate stuff in order to perhaps make sense of a world gone awryThis novel is actually told through the narration of Homer looking retrospectively at the lives of the two brothers I'm Homer the blind brother I didn't lose my sight all at once it was like the movies a slow fade out For a person without sight Homer instead has a sharpened awareness through his other senses as well as keen insight into the world around him He and Langley encounter a motley assortment of persons throughout their time including gangsters prostitutes musicians immigrants and hippies They host parties; they wrestle with the authorities including the electric and water companies and the health department; they fend off the abuse of rude children At times the glimpse at life and its absurdities was almost comical While at the same time Homer's introspective viewpoint was intensely stirring Homer yearned for love I still had hopes of finding someone to love but felt as I had never before that my sightlessness was a physical deformity as likely to drive away a comely woman as would a hunch of the back or a crippled leg My sense of myself as damaged suggested the wiser course of seclusion as a means of avoiding pain sorrow and humiliation This was an engaging yet deliberate look at a couple of fascinating and uirky individuals EL Doctorow managed to capture a bit of the nostalgia of times gone by in an ever changing city Ultimately as Homer and Langley plunge further into their own private darkness they become and shut off from society It is interesting to reflect personally on our own lives In the end what is our legacy – is it the objects that we have left behind? How will we be remembered? It is our story that perhaps matters the most Given who I am what is there to write about? Exactly who you are Your life across from the park Your history deserving of the black shutters Sekrety ewolucji, kochania i swawolenia romaani on havahduttava kuvaus eksentristen veljesten vaiheista materialismin mahdista ja 1900 luvun AmerikastaCollyerin veljekset eivät aina olleet erakkoja Vu 4 stars Ah my brother don't you see? 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Homer Langley

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Haikean kauniissa mestarillisessa romaanissa veljekset hautaava jätevuori rinnastuu sekä yhteiskunnallisen kehityksen voittokulkuun että järjestyksen tavoittelun turhuuteen Aika nielee lopulta meistä jokaisen kuin Collyerien romulabyrinttiThe Graphic Designer of the Cover ImageGraafinen suunnittelija Markko Tai There is an elegiac tone to this fictionalized memoir of Homer Collyer typed by him on a Braille typewriter shortly before his death recalling lives of increasingly eccentric behavior and sualor he and his brother Langley led in the family home on Fifth Avenue across from Central Park from the 1880s to the Vietnam War era Although Doctorow based the novel on the real Collyer brothers and in spite of the fact that he has them directly participate in a great deal of America's history for two recluses I wouldn't say that the book's appeal is really to fans of historical fiction Rather readers who enjoy oddball humor and seeing the world from a uirky point of view might like this; think Annie Proulx's The Shipping News or Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteredge I also found Homer's reflections on his sensory experience of life which included his gradual loss of sight during high school and later loss of hearing and therefore his beloved music to be moving Doctorow offers some nice thought provoking turns of phrase as well And then there was that feeling one gets in a ride to a cemetery trailing a body in a coffin an impatience with the dead a longing to be back home where one could get on with the illusion that not death but daily life is the permanent condition