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Homer & Langley

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Publisher Comments:

From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, Worlds 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 Langleys 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 more 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 Yorks 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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Synopsis:

The master of historical fiction (Vanity Fair) takes listeners from the early part of the 20th century through to the 1980s as seen through the warped lens of the infamous Collyer brothers, whose strange and intriguing story encapsulates much of the era's turmoil, accomplishment, and great change.

About the Author

E. L. Doctorows novels include The March, City of God, The Waterworks, Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, Lives of the Poets, Worlds Fair, and Billy Bathgate. His work has been published in thirty-two languages. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. E. L. Doctorow lives in New York.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780739334164
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Subject:
Literary
Read by:
Morey, Arthur
Read:
Morey, Arthur
Author:
Doctorow, E. L.
Author:
Morey, Arthur
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;historical fiction;brothers;new york;new york city;hoarding;novel;blindness;hoarders;american;mental illness;recluses;eccentrics;historical;collyer brothers;usa;20th century;literature;america;biography;biographical fiction;21st century;history;li
Subject:
fiction;historical fiction;brothers;new york;new york city;hoarding;novel;blindness;hoarders;american;mental illness;recluses;eccentrics;historical;collyer brothers;usa;20th century;literature;america;biography;biographical fiction;21st century;history;li
Edition Description:
Six CD
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.95 x 5.05 x 1.5 in .4 lb
Media Run Time:
420

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"Synopsis" by , The master of historical fiction (Vanity Fair) takes listeners from the early part of the 20th century through to the 1980s as seen through the warped lens of the infamous Collyer brothers, whose strange and intriguing story encapsulates much of the era's turmoil, accomplishment, and great change.
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