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Homer & Langley (Unabridged)

by E. L. Doctorow

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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.

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Homer and langley

Best ever a great read

Homer & Langely

The books is a very good listen, however, when I did a little background research, I found the author had rswitched around the historical facts. Switched birth order of brothers, changed time period. etc. The literary license was not necessary. The real story is better.

Homer & Langley

Maybe it is the monotone of Arthur Morey reading or that Doctorow is not my persuasion, I find the book dull. I have about 2 hours left and it is not a story I greet with any anticipation. My only previous experience with Doctorow was Ragtime which I read when it was first released. I find the historic references that the entire book is based on, and the characters one dimensional. From the Great War to the killing of nuns in Central America; a veritable minefield of idea and emotion but all is laid out in cursory style. The Hungarian maid Julia was of some hope but not. I don't mind the time-line of history being played with, that is a fiction writer's literary license, but whenever I take the time to read a book I want to come away with a little something and with this book the most I came away with was being $17.95 poorer.

E. L. Doctorow, Homer & Langley (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Arthur Morey
  • Published: 2009
  • Category: Fiction
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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