An unsubtle string of coincidences

The Brooklyn Follies, by Paul Auster, Faber and Faber, €16.05.

19th November, 2005

The Brooklyn Follies, by Paul Auster, Faber and Faber, €16.05.

“I was looking for a quiet place to die,” says Nathan Glass, the narrator of Paul Auster's new novel. “Someone recommended Brooklyn and so the next morning I travel led down there from Westchester to scope out the terrain.”

In 2000, at the age of 59, Nathan is emotionally and geographically adrift. After 33 years of marriage, his wife is divorcing...

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