Brooklyn Follies Chapitres 3 et 4
The characters in those chapters are the narrator, Nathan and his nephew, Tom whose surname is « Dr Thumb ». Marina, the CosmicDiner’s waiter is mentioned along with Harry, a man who runs a cheap book’s store in Brooklyn, a Tom’s acquaintance.
There are a few places named in those chapters : The Cosmic Diner wherethe main character have the habit of having a lunch as he said us in the first chapter, Harry’s store on Seventh Avenue, Tom’s appartment settled on the corner Eighth Avenue and Third Street, anyBrooklyn’s places like Times Square or the Brooklyn Bridge are also mentioned throughout the 4th chapter.
Different themes are present in the chapter 2 and 3.
Economy, money and business: Tom tells his oncle about the different jobs (always temporary) he had to do to survive or he tried to do (taxi driver, teaching job,, etc.), his cheap studio apartment and the deal he hasdone, the easy money...
Evolution of life an its difficulties, brunt of memory : Nathan remembers nostalgically about the former success of his nephew, Tom’s bad evolution of life isdescribed, the two mens exchange some remembrances.
Journey : through the travel in cab in Brooklyn
Hunting for happiness in our society
Despair and toughness of life : Tom hasalready thought about suicide.
♫The author’s style and figures
The irony is still present but less used. We can pick up flashbacks like in the previous chapters. Paul Auster likes contrastinghis writing with gross and vulgar images and the beauty of words, impressive quotations. The impression of reality always submerges the reader because of mentioned places which truly exist, it’s asthough we’d been in Brooklyn with the characters.
In those chapters, Nathan and his nephew go out to lunch at the famous Cosmic Diner. The two men are talking about their family, their...