By E. L. Doctorow
From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The booklet of Daniel, World’s Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow contain essentially the most great achievements of contemporary American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this grasp novelist has once more created an unforgettable work.
Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers–the one blind and deeply intuitive, the opposite broken into insanity, or even greatness, via mustard fuel within the nice battle. They stay as recluses of their as soon as grand 5th road mansion, scavenging town streets for issues they believe they could use, hoarding the day-by-day newspapers as study for Langley’s proposed dateless newspaper whose reportage can be as prophecy. but the epic occasions of the century play out within the lives of the 2 brothers–wars, political hobbies, technological advances–and even if they wish not anything greater than to close out the area, historical past turns out to go through their cluttered residence within the folks of immigrants, prostitutes, society ladies, govt brokers, gangsters, jazz musicians . . . and their housebound lives are fraught with odyssean peril as they try to outlive and create that means for themselves.
Brilliantly conceived, gorgeously written, this enthralling narrative, a unfastened creative rendering of the lives of recent York’s fabled Collyer brothers, is a relatives tale with the resonance of fantasy, an remarkable masterwork not like any that experience come earlier than from this nice author.
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This dragon, they say his eyes are fire. His breath a white gas; you can see him burn across the dark lands. He runs with sulphur and thunder and kindles the grass. Sheep panic and die insane. Women deliver forth monsters. The dragon's fury is such that tower walls shake back to dust. His victims, at sunrise, are strewn hither and thither on the hills. ' 'More than enough! ' 'No, no,' whispered the second man, eyes shut. 'On this moor is no Time, is only Forever. I feel if I ran back on the road the town would be gone, the people yet unborn, things changed, the castles unquarried from the rocks, the timbers still uncut from the forests; don't ask how I know, the moor knows, and tells me.
Others? Yes, there were others. He could breakfast most congenially on Caravaggio still-lifes of autumn pears and midnight plums. For lunch: those fire-squirting, thick-wormed Van Gogh sunflowers, those blooms a blind man might read with one rush of scorched fingers down fiery canvas. But the great feast? The paintings he saved his palate for? There, filling the horizon, like Neptune risen, crowned with limewood, alabaster, coral, paintbrushes clenched like tridents in horn-nailed fists, and with fishtail vast enough to fluke summer showers out over all Gibraltar — who else but the creator of Girl Before a Mirror and Guernica.
The clothing store! The suit! ' Yelling, everyone ran from the pool-room. The woman's voice was still squeaking on the abandoned telephone. Martinez, left behind, reached out and hung the voice up. In the silence, he shook his head. 'Santos, what a dream! Six men,' he said, 'one suit. What will come of this? Madness? Debauchery? Murder? But I go with God. ' Martinez was young. He ran fast. Mr Shumway, of SHUMWAY'S SUNSHINE SUITS, paused while adjusting a tie-rack, aware of some subtle atmospheric change outside his establishment.