In this very passage, the narrator talks about his life. Yet, he starts doing it, by baiting the reader. That’s why he uses a mysterious air right from the beginning (repeated use of “I”). He does not give any details such as name, age or sex until the second page. But, little by little, he goes on feeding pieces of information to help us understand that the story revolves around the trite aspect of his life, in other words around the life of an ordinary man among ordinary people. Then, he goes on talking largely about personal events and problems or feelings linked to his ex-wife Edith, but also to his daughter Rachel. On that point, he probably aims at relating, or maybe manipulating, the reader’s opinion to his own, the way ordinary people usually do when they want to convince: (“yes, I suppose there is something nasty about me at times” (p2: l 24-25) So, one discovers a man who is nearly sixty years old, who he is recently divorced, and who has no real affection for his family. Most of all, the reader quickly understands the importance of him, recovering from a (lung) cancer as an elementary part for the narrative, and as a crucial clue to understanding the context that is being depicted. This context is shown from a series of “flashbacks”. It is reported in a sort of circled or “spiralised” fashion. In it, the narrator alternates the use of the past and present tenses, the way people do when they talk in life at large(see p2: l 18- 20). Indeed, the story starts with the present of the protagonist’s life, before rewinding to his past, and returning to his present. This device, repeated in an accelerated way, quickly helps reduce the idea of (burden or) weight of the past over the protagonist’s shoulder. It shows him into a sort of redemption stage that foreshadows a different future and indeed a new OVERTURE to life (p3: l 28 - to the end). As a whole, and from a descriptive angle, owing to the words used, it can easily be presumed that the narrator, who
The Brooklyn Follies – Paul Auster
I. Short Biography
Paul Benjamin Auster was born on February 3, 1947 in Newark, New Jersey. His father, Samuel Auster, was a landlord; his mother, Queenie was about 13 years younger than her husband; the marriage was not a happy one. When Auster was about 3, his mother gave birth to a daughter; sadly by the time she was five it was apparent that she was psychologically unstable, and later suffered mental breakdowns.
Auster's passion for reading began when….
name : Donaldson
Mother : Bitsy
Child :Jin Ho
Grand mother not mentioned.
2 The scene probably takes place in the United States. Neigborhoods mentioned are called Mount Washington and Roland Park. On line 37 Maryam while speaking of the Donaldsons says « So American they were ». Finally the family name Donaldson sounds american
3 Mount Washington and Roland Park are mentioned. The Donaldsons live in Mount Washington district and Maryam lives in Roland Park. Sami and Ziba have….
The Brooklyn Follies as The Book of Human Folly
In The Brooklyn Follies, Nathan Glass recalls how some time after his arrival in Brooklyn he foolishly sets out to write his magnum opus, The Book of Human Folly. The book is to be a collection of anecdotes, memories and stories, from the most insignificant and sometimes hilarious ones to the most tragic ones. It is set to represent what it means to be a human being and what life is all about.
In a way, the passage dealing with The Book of Human….
initiatique à travers The Brooklyn Follies
Le Voyage initiatique à travers The Brooklyn Follies
Prolégomènes à l'étude du voyage initiatique dans The Brooklyn Follies
Sous l'apparence du quotidien, un questionnement du monde
A la découverte d'une forme de sacré
« I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn, and so the next morning I traveled
down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain...» (1)….
Etude 2 – The book of human folly
The second extract of the novel is about nathan's project , a book . He was searching something to do and to have a real goal which will motivate him .
Firstly we will focus on the theme of books , then we will discuss about Nathan's own project .
I. The theme of books
First, we can say that Nathan is someone who loves reading and the world of books is really important for him just like the author Paul auster who was earlier in contact….
Novels The New York Trilogy (City of Glass • Ghosts • The Locked Room) • In the Country of Last Things • Moon Palace • The Music of Chance • Leviathan • Mr. Vertigo • Timbuktu • The Book of Illusions • Oracle Night
Nonfiction White Spaces • The Invention of Solitude • The Art of Hunger • Why Write? • Hand to Mouth • The Red Notebook • Collected Prose
Screenplays 3 Films: Smoke, Blue in the Face, Lulu on the Bridge
Poetry Unearth • Wall Writing • Fragments from Cold • Facing the Music •….
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 Cosmic Diner’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 where the main character have the habit of having a lunch as he said us in the first chapter, Harry’s store on….
Europe and visited Irland, Spain, France and Italie. At the age of 18, he published for the first time articles about cinema in the University's paper, and after graduating from his University, Colombia University, he moved to Paris, in 1971, where he used to translate French literature and publish his first poems, essays and novels. He wrote his first autobiographic work, The Invention of the solitude, in 1979, in the death of his father and at the time of his divorce but it will be published 3 years….
Léviathan. Il revient alors au cinéma, en adaptant avec le réalisateur Wayne Wang sa nouvelle Le Noël d'Auggie Wren. Smoke et Brooklyn Boogie sortent en salle en 1995. Paul Auster réalisera lui-même Lulu on the Bridge (1997) qui sera mal accueilli par la critique.
Il revient au roman avec Tombouctou (1999), Le Livre des illusions (2002), La Nuit de l'oracle (2004) et Brooklyn Follies (2005).
Marié puis séparé de l'écrivaine Lydia Davis, il s'est remarié en 1981 avec une autre romancière, Siri Hustvedt….
Biographie de l’auteur
Paul Auster est un écrivain Américain né en 1947 dans le New Jersey de parents originaires d’Europe Central.
Grâce à son oncle traducteur, Paul Auster est très tôt au contact des livres. Il commença à écrire dés l’age de 12 ans, tout en étant passionné de base-ball. Thème que l’on retrouvera dans ses livres.
De 1965 à 1967, il étudia à l’université de Colombia, et commença à traduire des auteurs français. Il réalise….