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Homer & Langley In Brief Summary

September 16th, 2009 - written by Brian Utley

I loved this book. The pace was wonderful. And it so ably shows that even an ol’ geezer like Doctorow can have a mind so young and energetic. There is a part of the book where all the lights go out in this mansion that he and his brother inhabit and Homer, being blind and having memorized the lay of the house, is the only one that can lead everyone out safely. It turns into this long conga line (with a slew of 60’s hippies), that spills out into the Manhattan streets. And the scene is so poignant and telling, and so remarkable in it’s portrayal that I put the book down and let myself be filled with a smile on my face and it reminded me why I’m reading. Words as breezes such as the ones that you watch barrel through the yard and play with a loved one’s golden hair and all is right around you. The scene was short but was so explicit in it’s intention. Explicit but not overdone, not-so-subtly nudging you to see the simplest of pleasures in Homer’s life and thus in your own. Doctorow doesn’t tell you what to feel, but his keen mind and knowing smile are right there in plain sight for all who wish to see something that at first glance isn’t there. The attention you give is given back a hundred fold, as all good books do.

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Homer & Langley In Brief Summary

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