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Homer Langley

Sisadan alussa he seurustelivat niin gangstereiden katutyttöjen siirtolaisten kuin New Yorkin kermankin kanssa Vähitellen sokea Homer ja sodan raunioittama Langley vetäytyivät kuitenkin omiin oloihinsa Lopulta luksusasuntoonsa linnoittautuneilla veljeksillä ei ollut muuta kuin toisensa – ja sata tonnia romuaH Doctorow vuelve a darnos una clase magistral de c mo recrear la historia Partiendo de un hecho ver dico el del descubrimiento de los cuerpos de los hermanos Collyer en su mansi n de la uinta Avenida en Manhattan Doctorow nos relata su versi n de c mo podr an haber llegado a ese estado O m s bien en palabras del propio autor Como mitos ue son los hermanos Collyer reuer an no ue se investigara sobre ellos sino ue se les interpretaraLa historia est narrada por Homer Collyer el hermano ciego ue nos cuenta como ha transcurrido su vida junto a su hermano Langley Realmente no hay un comienzo simplemente Homer empieza su historia partiendo del momento en ue perdi la vista antes de los veinte a os y de c mo tuvo ue adaptarse a la vida a partir de ese momento pero no perdi la vista de golpe sino paulatinamente como en un fundido en negro Prepar ndose para este hecho Homer se memoriza su casa y los lugares de alrededor al tiempo ue sigue asistiendo al Conservatorio y tocando el pianoEl inuieto hermano de Homer Langley es el otro elemento protagonista de la novela Langley ingeniero es una persona rara ue siempre est pensando extra as teor as como la Teor a de los Reemplazos basada en ue somos el reemplazo de nuestros padres la generaci n anterior y ue existe reemplazo para todo y para todos Pero la teor a m s peculiar la ue estar presente durante toda la vida de ambos hermanos ser la del peri dico nico para todos los tiempos con el cu l podr s saber todo lo ue pasar porue la historia siempre termina repiti ndose esta es una explicaci n sencilla Para confeccionarlo Langley compra todos los peri dicos en sus ediciones matutinas y vespertinas recortando todo auello ue sea de inter s para su proyecto Este es el punto de inflexi n el ue marcar el devenir de la vida en la mansi n ya ue la acumulaci n de peri dicos es sustancial Pero a n se agravar m s con el regreso de Langley de la Gran Guerra momento a partir del cu l almacenar tambi n cualesuiera tipo de objetos ue crea puedan serles de utilidad o no porue tener un coche en el sal n no creo ue sea muy til verdadNo uerr a contar mucho m s de esta extraordinaria historia porue parte de su inter s radica en el descubrimiento por uno mismo del transcurrir de la vida de los personajes contado maravillosamente por HomerDoctorow lo ten a muy f cil para caer en el sentimentalismo gratuito intentando buscarnos la fibra sensible o adoptando una postura en la ue los hermanos uedasen como unos meros chalados exc ntricos de los ue re rse Pero todo lo contrario el tacto y la profundidad en la escritura de Doctorow su planteamiento al desvelarnos esta historia es exuisitaEn mi recuerdo uedar n la bondad y comprensi n de Homer las teor as de Langley la parte del g ngster Vincent o la del matrimonio Hoshiyama y tantos otros y c mo no la demoledora ltima frase

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Collyerin erakkoveljesten makaaberista kuolemasta 1947 tuli välittömästi amerikkalainen legenda mutta mitä tapahtui ennen sitä Tositarinaan perustuva romaani on havahduttava kuvaus eksentristen veljesten vaiheista materialismin mahdista ja 1900 luvun AmerikastaCollyerin veljekset eivät aina olleet erakkoja Vuo 4 stars Ah my brother don t you see The ultimate technological achievement will be escaping from the mess we ve made There will be none after that because we will reproduce everything that we did on earth we ll go through the whole seuence all over again somewhere else and people will read my paper as prophecy and know that having gotten off one planet they will be able to destroy another with confidence When I began reading this book I had no idea that Homer and Langley Collyer were real life hoarders and recluses living in Harlem in a Fifth Avenue brownstone during the first half of the 20th century They became legendary after their bodies were found in 1947 amongst nearly 120 tons of junk ranging from anything and everything from ceiling high stacks of newspapers to pianos to a Model T Ford planted right in the middle of their living uarters EL Doctorow takes these two eccentrics and fictionalizes and humanizes them to a degree that allows the reader to perhaps understand their motives as well as to possibly provide us with a warning as to what may happen in a society where we accumulate and to the point that we become blinded to reality and the world around us In Homer Langley Doctorow expands the life of these characters beyond their demise in 1947 and instead we get a view of them from their childhood and straight into the 1970 s In so doing the author allows us to get a broad overview of the historical events of this time period ranging from WWI to the Vietnam War We gain a perspective of these events through the two brothers and the people to whom they come in contact with throughout their lifetime In this story Langley is a victim of mustard gas in WWI and returns to his home and his brother not only as a troubled man but also one full of ideas and theories about mankind Langley begins a daily perusal of any and all newspapers he could obtain and begins to accumulate stuff in order to perhaps make sense of a world gone awryThis novel is actually told through the narration of Homer looking retrospectively at the lives of the two brothers I m Homer the blind brother I didn t lose my sight all at once it was like the movies a slow fade out For a person without sight Homer instead has a sharpened awareness through his other senses as well as keen insight into the world around him He and Langley encounter a motley assortment of persons throughout their time including gangsters prostitutes musicians immigrants and hippies They host parties they wrestle with the authorities including the electric and water companies and the health department they fend off the abuse of rude children At times the glimpse at life and its absurdities was almost comical While at the same time Homer s introspective viewpoint was intensely stirring Homer yearned for love I still had hopes of finding someone to love but felt as I had never before that my sightlessness was a physical deformity as likely to drive away a comely woman as would a hunch of the back or a crippled leg My sense of myself as damaged suggested the wiser course of seclusion as a means of avoiding pain sorrow and humiliation This was an engaging yet deliberate look at a couple of fascinating and uirky individuals EL Doctorow managed to capture a bit of the nostalgia of times gone by in an ever changing city Ultimately as Homer and Langley plunge further into their own private darkness they become and shut off from society It is interesting to reflect personally on our own lives In the end what is our legacy is it the objects that we have left behind How will we be remembered It is our story that perhaps matters the most Given who I am what is there to write about Exactly who you are Your life across from the park Your history deserving of the black shutters

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Aikean kauniissa mestarillisessa romaanissa veljekset hautaava jätevuori rinnastuu sekä yhteiskunnallisen kehityksen voittokulkuun että järjestyksen tavoittelun turhuuteen Aika nielee lopulta meistä jokaisen kuin Collyerien romulabyrinttiThe Graphic Designer of the Cover ImageGraafinen suunnittelija Markko Tain 3 4 2

  • Hardcover
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  • Homer Langley
  • E.L. Doctorow
  • Finnish
  • 15 November 2018
  • 9789513167844

About the Author: E.L. Doctorow

E L Doctorow's works of fiction include Homer & Langley The March Billy Bathgate Ragtime The Book of Daniel City of God Welcome to Hard Times Loon Lake World’s Fair The Waterworks and All the Time in the World Among his honors are the National Book Award three National Book Critics Circle Awards two PEN Faulkner Awards The Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction and the presidentially



10 thoughts on “Homer Langley

  1. says:

    The bachelor Collyer brothers of a respected family were reclusive hoarders who lived in a Manhattan brownstone After their bodies were found in 1947 than a hundred tons of trash was removed from their house Doctorow has taken the historical pair and put them to other uses He looks at a wide swath of 20th century American history through the windows of their Fifth Avenue house extending their lives beyond 1947 swapping s

  2. says:

    Homer Langley EL Doctorow Homer Langley is a novel by American author E L Doctorow published in September 2009 It imagines a version of the lives of the Collyer brothers of New York City notorious for their eccentricities as well as their habit of compulsively hoarding a plethora of various bric a brac newspapers books an

  3. says:

    4 stars Ah my brother don't you see The ultimate technological achievement will be escaping from the mess we've made There will be none after

  4. says:

    Σκέφτηκα πως θα έχει εξαιρετική αυτοπεποίθηση για να αναλάβει να καθοδηγήσει έναν τυφλό και μετά από αυτή την καλή πράξη

  5. says:

    I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by E L Doctorow where he read from “Homer and Langley” and was interviewed onstage He joked that the story of the Collyer brothers had become an American myth and that as with all myths one does not

  6. says:

    Doctorow vuelve a darnos una clase magistral de cómo recrear la historia Partiendo de un hecho verídico el del descubrimiento de los cuerpos de los hermanos Collyer en su mansión de la uinta Avenida en Manhattan Doctorow nos relata su versión de cómo podrían haber llegado a ese estado O más bien en palabras del prop

  7. says:

    Em 1947 foram encontrados os cadáveres dos irmãos Homer e Langley Collyer ue residiam numa mansão da uinta Avenida em Manhattan Langley ia a rastejar por um dos túneis de fardos de jornais para levar comida ao irmão cego e paralisado uan

  8. says:

    There is an elegiac tone to this fictionalized memoir of Homer Collyer typed by him on a Braille typewriter shortly before his death recalling lives of increasingly eccentric behavior and sualor he and his brother Langley led in the family home on Fifth Avenue across from Central Park from the 1880s to the Vietnam War era Althoug

  9. says:

    داستان هومر و لنگلی زیباترین و بهترین کتابی بود که در عمرم خونده امهر 3 4صفحه ا

  10. says:

    “νεκροταφείο που ακολουθεί ένα σώμα σε ένα φέρετρο μια ανυπ

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