Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Brooklyn Follies and Brookland

In the post I promised for last week I had meant to talk about Brookland by Emily Barton and The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster. It is a little late and I now have four more to talk about but I will give quick impressions of each of these and hopefully before next week I will have time to talk about the newest reads.

Brookland is a historical novel set in 18th-century Brooklyn. The Winship family raises a trio of unusual daughters who take over the gin mill and control their destinies in a way that was unique for the times. The eldest gambles the family business in order to build a bridge between New York and Brooklyn. Her vision causes stresses within the family. This was one of those quiet, epic novels that ends with a dramatic conclusion.

The Brooklyn Follies is by Auster. While not my favorite author I can appreciate his writing skills but I find his characters pretentious and wordy.

1 comment:

Dan said...

". . . I find his characters pretentious and wordy."

- I know people like that!!

I've been enjoying your blog, and just plugged it on my own. Keep up the good work!