The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel by Paul Auster, a review from Washington Post Book World by Jeff Turrentine.
"Paul Auster jockeying for a spot on the midcult must-read list? Wait a second — he writes intricately structured, darkly ironic novels of ideas, doesn't he? Don't worry. He still can; just witness Oracle Night, his 2003 meditation on literature's puzzling relationship to consciousness. Still, for whatever reason, Auster has decided that the time has come to try something much more conventional: a big-hearted, life-affirming, tenderly comic yarn. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But really, how will this piece of candy be greeted by those who have grown accustomed to the darker, stronger stuff?" Read the entire Washington Post Book World review.
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