Summary

Brilliant brothers Langley and Homer Collyer are born into bourgeois New York comfort in settled times, their home a fin-de-siècle mansion on upper Fifth Avenue, their future rosy. But before he is out of his teens, Homer begins to lose his sight, Langley returns from the War in Europe with his lungs seared by gas, and when the death of their parents in the influenza epidemic of 1918 leaves the brothers orphaned, they seem perilously ill-equipped to deal with the new era.
Around Central Park, carriages give way to motor cars and prohibition to free love, but Homer and Langley adapt. As the world turns ever more incomprehensible, Homer and Langley hold fast to their principles of self-reliance, courage, kindness, and love.
©2009 E.L. Doctorow (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 28-06-11

Felt like homely distant uncles.

When I began listening to this novel, I wasnt too taken by the content or narrator. I felt the narrative was too involved and too tight. To keep it short and sweet though, as I listened on, I began to really like these two characters and the personalities they brought to me as we moved on in time. The people coming into their lives and the happiness and sorrow of lifes' movement. I felt sad when they left us and the book came to its end. Its very much a saga of their lives to near-present day with all the life changes we all have tio make as we grow older. Our future (hopefully), will see us less troubled from ourselves as well as others. I gave it four stars out of five simply because of the length of time it took for me to connect. Otherwise it was a really good book.

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