- By Daniel Fuchs Jonathan Lethem

The Brooklyn Novels: Summer in Williamsburg, Homage to Blenholt, Low Company

  • Title: The Brooklyn Novels: Summer in Williamsburg, Homage to Blenholt, Low Company
  • Author: Daniel Fuchs Jonathan Lethem
  • ISBN: 9781574232103
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Brooklyn Novels Summer in Williamsburg Homage to Blenholt Low Company These three novels of the s constitute an American classic In their own way they do for the Jewish immigrants of Brooklyn what Studs Lonigan did for the Irish of Chicago So it is no surprise that

    These three novels of the 1930s constitute an American classic In their own way, they do for the Jewish immigrants of Brooklyn what Studs Lonigan did for the Irish of Chicago So it is no surprise that, upon their first publication, Lonigan s creator welcomed them in a review for The Nation, praising Fuchs s keen eye, excellent ear for dialogue, and quick perception of thThese three novels of the 1930s constitute an American classic In their own way, they do for the Jewish immigrants of Brooklyn what Studs Lonigan did for the Irish of Chicago So it is no surprise that, upon their first publication, Lonigan s creator welcomed them in a review for The Nation, praising Fuchs s keen eye, excellent ear for dialogue, and quick perception of the grotesque, the whimsical, the tragic I know of few novelists in America today, James T Farrell said, who possess Fuchs s natural talent and energy or his sense of life In his 80s Fuchs wrote I used to go on long walks take in the street sights at night I freely used the sights and happenings in the three novels I wrote in my 20s Summer in Williamsburg 1934 , Homage to Blenholt 1936 , and Low Company 1937 .I had ideas for each of these books, but I soon tired of them, ideas being for me, at any rate unsatisfactory I abandoned them d devoted myself simply to the tenement the life in the hallways, the commotion at the dumbwaiters, the assortment of characters in the building, their strivings and preoccupations, their troubles in the interplay of the sexes There was always a ferment, slums or no slums The slums didn t hold them down Time hasn t held down these novels, either Like Joseph Mitchell s New York sketches of the same period, they are as alive today as the day they were first printed, as tropical rainforest lush, as exuberant What s true remains so, and Farrell spoke the truth back in 1937 there are still few novelists in America today who possess Fuchs s talent, his energy, his sense of life.

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    1. This collection consists of three separate novels - Summer in Williamsburg, Homage to Blenholt and Low Company.Summer in Williamsburg portrays an assortment of characters living in a Jewish tenement during the 30s. It captures how mean existence was for that time period and economic class, as well as how much more racially divided the country was. It wasn't just about blacks on whites, but also about Jews vs. Italians vs. Poles vs. Irish.Fuchs evokes very well images of people crowded in tenemen [...]

    2. "Fuchs is a master. He had Pasternak's wonder at youth's encounter with the wider world, and Chekhov's nose for thwarted desire, and Turgenev's generosity to the barbarians of the new order."— Boris Fishman, The New Republic"These novels capture, better than any of the better-known works of the time, the eerie tenor of the Great Depression, the sense of living without a past or any hope for the future. Fuchs' ability to replicate the quixotic energy of life on the streets of New York in this a [...]

    3. this book is a must read for east coast jews. it has one novel called "low company," which i liked the best out of the three brooklyn novels. it takes place in brighton beach. the author has no heroes and no "bad guys," everyone is just real in their faults and foibles. i do wish his women characters were a little less naggy and more strong. but his stuff is dated. you can tell by the random racism that crops up. still the book does a good job of capturing the regular lives of regular jews, the [...]

    4. Straightforward, evocative reading. In retrospect, it surprised me how unknown the writer was, in relation to Henry Roth of Call It Sleep, for instance, which also deals with immigrant Jews and their offspring in America. I'm of that provenance, and I learned a few things I hadn't known.

    5. I wrote about this on my blog, check there if you care. Best one out of the three novels contained herein: I actually have no clue, they are like one big thing. Maybe the middle one, Homage to Blenholt.

    6. This was introduced to me in my Writing Brooklyn class last semester and I am so happy it was. A captivating collection about Brooklyn that many--except hipsters probably--may have never heard of.

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