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Homer & Langley.

Homer & Langley

E.L. Doctorow

Random House

1745 Broadway, NY, NY 10019

9781400064946 $26.00 800-726-0600 atrandom.com

The reclusive and eccentric Collyer brothers, Homer and Langley, occupants of a Fifth Avenue four-story mansion cluttered with all sorts of detritus, baled newspapers and magazines and even a model T Ford, provide E.L. Doctorow with the means to write another panoramic history of the United States.

It begins at the turn of the 1900's, and continues with the Great War (in which Langley is affected by mustard gas), the Roaring Twenties, the Depression and Prohibition, World War II, the post-War period, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, hippies, and the dawn of the electronic music era into recent years. All reflected through the eyes and lives of the two brothers.

The poignant story of the compulsive and probably mad Langley and blind Homer is written with deep insight as the author attempts to recreate their lives, as they deteriorate over time, with sensitivity and understanding, at the same time trying to explain the great events of the time.

Theodore Feit

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Date:Dec 1, 2009
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