Homer & Langley

Homer & Langley

Audiobook CD - 2009
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From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World s 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 Langley s 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 York s 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.

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2009.
ISBN: 9780739334164
0739334166
Branch Call Number: FIC Docto 9254tc 1
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Morey, Arthur

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Charlie68
Dec 12, 2016

A fun story filled with unique characters.

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IV27HUjg
Jul 21, 2015

The reader, Arthur Morey is a favorite, but even he couldn't keep me interested. For me it was like reading the highlights of 20th C history with a lot of 'stuff' I just didn't care for.

baship Dec 01, 2011

Book about the Collyer brothers who were hoarders.

Booktraveler Aug 30, 2011

I read this book with mild interest mostly because I know someone who has hoarder tendencies. It was interesting to see how the illness progressed from small innocuous steps like collecting newspapers to having duplicates (many times over) of items like pianos and typewrites for the spare parts to storing an old car in the middle of your dinning room. This all spiraled out of control until the brothers had totally lost touch with reality. During the book discussion for this book however I learned that many of the basic facts about the Collyer brothers and family had been modified for no apparent reason by the author. The order of the brothers, which one was blind, when their parents died all of these basic facts were modified. The timeline of the brother’s life was also stretched for some unknown reason. There is enough misinformation out there without intentionally creating more. Even though this book is listed as a Novel you would assume the basic research done by the author regarding the time period, primary characters etc. would be based on fact. Not so! I would NOT recommend this book to anyone.

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Mosaic
Dec 03, 2010

An excellent reading of this deeply emotional story. The narrator is superb.

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