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Homer & Langley | [E.L. Doctorow]

Homer & Langley

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.
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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.

©2009 E.L. Doctorow; (P)2009 Random House

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    Brandy 07-16-12
    Brandy 07-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Two Strange Brothers in a long drawn out Life"
    What did you like best about Homer & Langley? What did you like least?

    I liked the initial description of Homer and of Langley - two brothers with different personalities who lived their lives intertwined with each other and their large family home. The idea was intriguing and at the start of interest, but it dragged on forever, and by the last few hours of the narration, I just wanted it to end. It was clear that the end was not going to be redemptive, so I felt "get it over with already".


    What could E.L. Doctorow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    End it sooner.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    I did not have a favorite.


    Do you think Homer & Langley needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not.


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    Sarah Oregon, USA 05-30-12
    Sarah Oregon, USA 05-30-12
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    "Sad but endearing tale of two brothers"
    What made the experience of listening to Homer & Langley the most enjoyable?

    I like the way the you see the entire novel from the viewpoint of the brother who is blind. But in his words you see everything happening through his observations.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    At times I felt like it was just passing the reader through generation to generation, in a trite way, hippies, etc. I could have done without that.


    Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I've ever heard him before this, but he is very good in this.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end of course was the most moving to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Norwich T. Chapel Hill, NC, US 04-24-12
    Norwich T. Chapel Hill, NC, US 04-24-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderful character study of two unusual men"
    What did you love best about Homer & Langley?

    A very real characterization of unusual brothers whose lives seem unreal to most of us.


    Which character ??? as performed by Arthur Morey ??? was your favorite?

    Homer, a blind musician, who managed to stay sane in an insane environment


    If you could take any character from Homer & Langley out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Langley, to try to figure out what made him tick.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read, beautifully crafted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy San Rafael, CA, United States 04-04-12
    Peggy San Rafael, CA, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "E.L. Doctorow at his best!"
    Would you listen to Homer & Langley again? Why?

    Yes yes yes....so complex and well read I would love to listen to it again like a great record album. I had already read the hard cover years ago, and this was fresh as ever!


    What other book might you compare Homer & Langley to and why?

    The Great Gatsby, Forrest Gump, Benjamin Button....an epic tale of interesting characters through which you see an era come and go.


    Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure...he was wonderful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes....it made me recognize the genius of a great author like E.L.Doctorow who can turn the story of a pair of eccentrics (who might easily be exploited on reality TV today,) into a work of art.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you read Homer & Langley, if you love it, you will want to read everything EL Doctrow has ever written. Every last short story collection, his famous 'Billy Bathgate

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    Lara Stephens west virginia 12-04-09
    Lara Stephens west virginia 12-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring..."

    I couldn't make it through this book. I didn't like the narrator's voice. The details are tedious. I could sympathize with Langley's radical opposition to society, but Homer's aloof regard of the situation was disengaging. This was my first time listening to or reading Doctorow, and I think it will also be my last.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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