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@Download E-pub Ì The Brooklyn Follies â حماقات بروكلين عنوان رواية للكاتب الأميركي بول أوستر نقلها إلى العربية اسامة منزلجي وفي هذه الرواية يكتشف بطل أوستر ويدعى ناتان أنه مصاب بمرض السرطان فيقرر أن يعود إلى مدينة بروكلين التي يكن لها حباً كبيراً ليمضي أيامه الاخيرة بسلام، حيث يلتقي هناك ابن اخته الذي لم يره منذ ثلاثين عاماً ويدعى طوم، ليكتشف أن طوم فقد والدته وتخلى عن دراسته للآداب ولم يعد يعلم بمكان وجود أخته، يمضيان أوقاتاً كثيرة معاً وكل واحد يحتاج الآخر لأسباب مختلفةيحدد أوستر زمن الرواية في ربيع العامويدعو القارئ إلى أن يزور مع البطلين أحد الأمكنة السرية في أمريكا حيث هناك امرأة شابة يقع في غرامها طوم الشاب، ولكننا سنكتشف معاً أنها امرأة صعبة المنال، جميلة، ومتزوجة ولديها طفلانإنها جميلة جداً يا ناتان لدرجة أنني حين أراها بهذا المشهد مع ولديها أشعر بأن ثقتي بالعالم تتجدد اعرف أن الأمر مضحك لكنني أفكر بها نحو العشرين مرة في النهارتتوالى الأحداث، حتى تنتهي الرواية في الثامنة صباحاً من الحادي عشر من سبتمبر ، أي قبلدقيقة من ارتطام أول طائرة في برج مركز التجارة العالمي الشماليوبعد ساعتين فقط من ذلك، سوف يتصاعد دخان ثلاثة آلاف جثة محترقة عالياً باتجاه بروكلين وينهمر علينا على هيئة سحابة بيضاء من الرماد والموتأما الآن فإن الساعة لم تتجاوز الثامنة، وبينما أمشي على طول الجادة تحت تلك السماء الزرقاء البراقة، أنا سعيد، يا أصدقائي، سعيد كأي إنسان عاش على الأرض هكذا يصف ناتان ما شعر به تلك اللحظة والذي رأى للحياة معنى أخر عندما وجد نفسه لم يمت بعد كاللآخرين I'd like to give this book 4.5 stars, but goodreads.com fails to strive for precision I really, really, really enjoyed this book The voice and tone of it is so warm and an inviting I loved every character in the book, not so much for their personalities, but rather that Auster portrays each one with so much sensitivity and kindness There is no judgement or scorn in his approach to these people, despite their follies There isn't much of a story here Really, for me, the story occurs on the last page, when the events of the book are placed in a context larger than the book itself It makes everything one just read seem less important andimportant at the same time Lately, I have been wondering how I should approach life I mean should one take life seriously, or should we just coast do what's good in the moment? And, if I take life seriously, does that cover investing in human beings or does it just mean being an adult, being responsible, learning to stand alone I don't know what the answer is, but this book made me think about itIt would seem that Auster falls on the side of investing in human beings and not taking life too seriously I feel as if he is asking us to put a strong value on retreat, giving in, the victory in flatout survival Every character in the novel is raising some kind of white flag The characters are dashed; ephemeral hopes dissolved into concrete daily grinds, and the beauty Auster is trying to portray for us is the gentle pleasure of being ok with defeat It is almost as if he wants us to revel in surrender He shows us that there are rich intimate spaces and deeper connections, perhaps, in a world that is constructed around commiseration than the one we are used to, the one in which we lie about our aspirations, hide our failures, and strive to make something of ourselves I wonder how plausible this world is; it does sound and feel very rich and comforting.Everyone fails, and when those around us fail, we somehow tend to love themThe old adage that flaws and imperfections are what make each person unique and beautiful in his or her own ways, is reflected wonderfully in this book Somehow, Auster is asking us to skip that whole part in between failure and others loving us, where we feel shame, embarrassment, and pain in the face of our missteps We have so much to learn from our wrong turns and so much to take in during each fall that we might as well get over ourselves and open up to the world and people around us There is a place that is referred to often in the book, called the hotel existence a place where one can escape the bullshit and miserable aspects of the world we live in, a place where one can retreat to a life less entangled in the morass of the planet The people in the book never get there in a physical sense, but it becomes clear to me that Auster means to say that the hotel existence is bullshit in and of itself There is no true escape from the bullshit Life is fucked It just is There isn't escape there is only the white flag It was an awesome book. Wasn't sure whether I'd like Auster, but I enjoyed this book about NYC I can see Al Pacino doing the main part in a future movie Now I still have the Book of Illusions on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up
Paul Auster's The brooklyn Follies presents a stark contrast to the first work of his that I've read, The New York Trilogy; although the majority of it takes place in New York, the two are different as night and day Novels that comprise The New York Trilogy have been largely experimental, postmodern cat and mouse between the author and the reader; The Brooklyn Follies is a novel with a pretty straightforward but nevertheless compelling plot and characters one can care about As the title suggests, it is a novel about folly; what follies do we put ourselves in, voluntarily or not, and what are their consequences.The protagonist and narrator is a man named Nathan Glass, a 60 year old exinsurance salesman, who went through lung cancer and has recently became a divorcee, has sort of given up on life and wants to calmly wait it out until its end, spending the savings he has attained Looking for a quiet place to die, upon someone's recommendation he moves back to Brooklyn, the place he kept returning to, as he lived there as a child While browsing the area, Nathan Wood encounters his newhew, Tom, once a promising academician, now a former cab driver and a current used book store employee He introduces Nathan to his boss, Harry Duncan, a character with a colorful past, who still has a few schemes and plans up his sleeve To pass the time, Nathan began a project of his own The Book of Human Folly an accounts of mishaps and mistakes, which as the title suggest might have ended as the text of the very novel we're reading.Starting with a wish to die, The Brooklyn Follies slowly moves up towards the will to live Reading the novel is a journey, during which we witness the transformation of the characters; their redemption and reconfirmation, regaining of life The tone is muchjovial than the one of The New York Trilogy and the characters often end up in mishap and folly; but there is poignancy, a sense of place and time, a community before the 9/11 attacks, peacefulness and ordinariness The plot is captivating and the drama is real; to saywould be to spoil it The characters are colorful and the book never drags; in fact, I wouldn't mind if it was longer The theme of the book, the folly, is an important one We all are a part of life, and observe it The characters in the novel all have ben lost, resigned or misplaced; we observe how they slowly get their lives back, and change from willing to die to wanting to live Perhaps beneath the tiredness and mundanity there is still something worth striving for, and these people have taken their chances.Although not the most original of ideas, the novel is captivating and full of colorful characters The writing is crisp, and the lack of surreal elements and impersonal cold serves greatly to its favor Auster paints his Brooklyn with warm strokes, and gives his characters original and likable personalities; the novel is a gentle and tender one, where the reader genuinely cares about the fate of people he's reading about.It's humorous, engaging and inspiring; it's human drama done well A good choice to spend several hours, involved in the life of an everyman, his aspirations, dreams, triumphs, failures and hopes At worst, you'l put it away and not think much of it; at best, it might inspire you and reengage you with everyday activities and make you see them in a different light. An old dude gives a nine year old girl her bath A niece tells her uncle about her own personal experiences with oral sex Yuck!That there is an urge to be risque makes the conservative, tooquicktobeastonished writer a humongous dud in this instance.Only when tackling meta terrains is this esteemed writer of ANY practical use.