Saturday, 3 July 2010

Character Novel

Finished June 27
Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow
This is a story about two brother. The younger, Homer, went blind as a teenager while his older brother was off fighting in World War I. After their parents were killed in an accident the two live on in the family mansion across from Central Park, living an increasingly reclusive life.
Due to Homer's blindness, Langley tends to make most of the decisions, and begins hoarding a variety of items, especially newspapers. As they become more and more cut off from their neighbours, they also lose access to more and more services. Homer is a bit of a victim of his brother's paranoia and persecution complex and, as the story is told from his point of view, he is the more sympathetic character.
A very interesting novel.

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