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  • Title: Ghosty Men: The Strange but True Story of the Collyer Brothers, New York's Greatest Hoarders: An Urban Historical
  • Author: Franz Lidz
  • ISBN: 9781582343112
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A true tale of changing New York by Franz Lidz, whose Unstrung Heroes is a classic of hoarder lore.Homer and Langley Collyer moved into their handsome brownstone in white, upper class Harlem in 1909 By 1947, however, when the fire department had to carry Homer s body out of the house he hadn t left in twenty years, the neighborhood had degentrified, and their house was aA true tale of changing New York by Franz Lidz, whose Unstrung Heroes is a classic of hoarder lore.Homer and Langley Collyer moved into their handsome brownstone in white, upper class Harlem in 1909 By 1947, however, when the fire department had to carry Homer s body out of the house he hadn t left in twenty years, the neighborhood had degentrified, and their house was a fortress of junk in an attempt to preserve the past, Homer and Langley held on to everything they touched.The scandal of Homer s discovery, the story of his life, and the search for Langley, who was missing at the time, rocked the city the story was on the front page of every newspaper for weeks A quintessential New York story of quintessential New York characters.
    Ghosty Men The Strange but True Story of the Collyer Brothers New York s Greatest Hoarders An Urban Historical A true tale of changing New York by Franz Lidz whose Unstrung Heroes is a classic of hoarder lore Homer and Langley Collyer moved into their handsome brownstone in white upper class Harlem in B

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    1. I m not sure I can properly convey how irritating this book is I picked it up because I ve become mildly obsessed with a show on AE called Hoarders, and I wanted to see what the famous Collyer Brothers had to offer I d heard about them Homer and Langley Collyer had crammed a Harlem brownstone full of tons of stuff in the early part of the last century and lived as recluses But instead of giving me the Collyer brothers, this yahoo decided to make every second chapter about his Uncle Arthur, who w [...]

    2. In this age of bloated books, how nice it is to have a book that comes in at a fighting weight, with nary an ounce of fat on its spare frame It s books like this that diehard book addicts truly live for they can literally be consumed in one large bite In this case though, therein lies a tragedy Ever since I first discovered the legend of the Collyer Brothers, I hunted for every meager scrap about them that I could find What minor league hoarder wouldn t be curious about the hall of fame Collyers [...]

    3. Between the two of them, the eccentric, old money, Victorian styled, New York City brothers Homer and Langley Collyer collected well over 100 tons of mostly sheer garbage with which they filled their massive Harlem brownstone mansion until their deaths in 1947 They are often called the greatest of all hoarders Like many hoarders they were unable to distinguish between the truly valuable and the worthless.Author Franz Lidz, who, as it happens, has the hoarding gene in his family, appears to have [...]

    4. This popped up as a 99c Kindle Daily Deal and I picked it up because I love stories of obsession, I find hoarding fascinating, and I d never heard of the Collyer brothers How could I resist Unfortunately, the book just ended up being frustrating.First of all, the title I bought at was Ghosty Men The Strange but True Story of the Collyer Brothers, New York s Greatest Hoarders, An Urban Historical note the lack of Uncle Arthur, who appears in the GoodReads title There is a lot of Uncle Arthur in t [...]

    5. I found out about this book from a review of E.L Doctorow s new fictionalized account of the Collyer brothers, Homer and Langley While I like Doctorow, when I found out about this non fiction account of these hoarders and eccentrics, I wanted to read it first Also, I ve been obsessively watching AE s Hoarders, and I ve been fascinated by these people who cannot stop themselves from acquiring stuff.Lidz interweaves his account of the Collyer brothers and their trash filled Harlem mansion with sto [...]

    6. Note to self do not read books about the Collyer brothers right before bed, because you will have nightmares about finding shrivelled corpses crushed under piles of junk, and then you will wake up and say phew, it was just a nightmare, I am safe in my bed Which is under a loft that is covered with bags of clothes and craft projects And is surrounded on three sides by ceiling high, over full bookcases that would block the way out if they fell oh, man, I am never sleeping again.

    7. An interesting story, but I think I would have liked it better had it focused on the Collyer brothers rather than Lidz s own family.

    8. Awesome story, terrible writing Quick read The guy who wrote Devil in the White City needs to research these guys and write a book worthy of their crazy lives.

    9. This book turned out to be a lot shorter than I thought it would be that s the downside of Kindle I wish there were of it.Lidz weaves the story of the infamous Collyer Brothers with that of his Uncle Arthur, who was also a compulsive hoarder I ended up finding the Lidz family saga as weird and fascinating as that of the Collyers Like all of us, Lidz wants to find out why Langley Collyer and his Uncle Arthur had to have so much stuff that was essentially worthless and dangerous The issues of hea [...]

    10. I found this book a very simple read, yet of great interest I reread Homer and Langley for my bookclub this month, but decided that I wanted perspective regarding the real Homer and Langley without research beyond that I had already done on the internet I found Franz Lidz s memoir and decided to read it, although I had never read his definitive memoir, Unstrung Heroes Perhaps someday I will read this memoir as well I was quite intrigued despite the simplicity of the memoir Lidz shared historic [...]

    11. This book never quite clicked It was short and felt slight It was never bad but very matter of fact and in the end felt like reading an extended article The Collyer Brothers were the most famous hoarders in New York history and you can easily find out about them in a Google search Sadly, this book doesn t tell you much than a Google search would I suppose that isn t surprising, two reclusive city hermits who were fascinating because no one knew anything about them well, we don t know a lot abo [...]

    12. I m so disappointed Lidz s subject matter is a potential goldmine two real life Brooklyn recluses who lived and died in a Harlem brownstone packed from floor to ceiling with over 100 TONS of junk that they both systematically hoarded for several decades The book itself, though, like the Collyer brothers mansion, is a jumbled heap studded with fascinating little nuggets that you kind of happen upon while stumbling around in the fug.It s a shame how poorly written this is, and how completely disor [...]

    13. The only reason I cold stretch to give this book 3 stars is because I like the premise of the content and only the premise As another reviewer pointed out, the title of the book speaks of the Collyer Brothers The author chose to tell about his uncles than the Collyer Brothers I did not start to read this book to have to read the author s memoir of times with his uncles the title should really be changed to reflect that this is really what the book is all about.Additionally, the book was poorly [...]

    14. This is a factual account of the Collyer brothers, as opposed to E.L Doctrow s Homer and Langley Not as lyrical and evocative but factual Throughout the story he intertwines the story of the Collyer brothers with tales of his Uncle Arthur who was also a hoarder His is a very intimate and personal story of why a person is driven to this behavior The author also mentions going to the Hubert s Freaks show in New York which was the subject of Gregory Gibson s fascinating Hubert s Freaks A book I hi [...]

    15. 2.5When, oh when are people going to realize that although their families are infinitely fascinating to them, they re likely going to bore the crap out of strangers I skimmed almost all of the parts about the author s eccentric relatives and the rather paltry excuse for a history of Harlem.Suzanne below said exactly what I would have This book was something of a disappointment on a number of levels, but the Collyer material was nonetheless fascinating Given the current popularity of hoarding rea [...]

    16. Franz Lidz is, of course, the author of Unstrung Heroes, about his weird uncles, made into a movie of the same name with Andie MacDowell I m sure some publisher or editor cajoled him into writing this, based on that book s success I was disappointed however He alternates chapters about the Collyers, taken from newspaper accounts of the period when the Collyers became a media sensation with chapters about his uncles But I m not interested in his uncles, only in the Collyers, so i will go elsewher [...]

    17. There must have not have been enough material for an entire book about the strange Collyer Brothers What was there was shorter and less detailed than expected The remainder of the book was about the author s Uncle Arthur who just happened to also be a hoarder It also contained a history of Harlem I m thinking I should start avoiding the 99 cent daily deal since I picked up this book to read after my last 99 cent daily deal was so scary it was giving me nightmares.

    18. The title of this book is a bit misleading This already rather short book was about half Collyer brothers and half Uncle Arthur the author s uncle with a similar junk fetish The photo on the cover isn t even a Collyer brother, it s Uncle Arthur While the story was somewhat interesting, it wasn t what I thought I was getting.

    19. This book looks at two stories the Collyer Brothers and the author s uncles, all of whom were hoarders In 1947, when the fire department retrieved Homer Collyer s body from the Harlem brownstone he shared with Langley, no one knew where Langley was Thanks to an up and coming journalist, the story spread throughout New York and the brothers eccentricities became a spectacle Author Franz Litz parallels the Collyer s stories with that of his uncles, also hoarders, who he spent much of his young lif [...]

    20. I really wanted to love this book and got sooo frustrated with how it s written It flits, incoherently, between the story of reclusive, oddball Collyer brothers of the early 20th century and the heartwarming, but indulgently told story of the author s own uncle All the men are hoarders, a social condition popularized by our friends at AE with their show Hoarders I agree with other reviewers that the book reads like an extended magazine article The title and cover are deceptive it touts the story [...]

    21. The Collyer Brothers were infamous in Harlem in the early 1900 s Eccentric and very private paranoid , they were the stuff of legend and myth, routinely covered in the newspapers and whispered about on street corners Living in an old brownstone and filling it with anything and everything they could find, there was plenty for people to talk about.This book could easily have been a scandal piece, written as a criticism and meant to demean the subjects Happily, that is not what this book is The aut [...]

    22. The true story of the Collyer brothers in New York, during the late 1800 s early 1900 s Highly educated and from a good family, the brothers start hoarding One brother becomes ill and goes blind, huddled in a cave of stacked papers and trash while the other brother goes out in the middle of the night dragging a cardboard box to gather the city s cast offs and junk Their 3 story brownstone eventually fills with stuff doors and windows are blocked and the house in inacessible A warren of tunnels, [...]

    23. Short non fiction book dealing with hoarding two brothers in the early 1900 s and also the insertion of a story about an uncle of the author Langley and Homer Collyer lived in the same house, a 12 room mansion, for over 40 years losing their utilities during the last 20 years but filling it on a daily basis with newspapers and garbage They were rud to have a Model T in the basement and 10 grand pianos throughout the house This rumor was exposed later to be the truth In 1947 Homer was found dead [...]

    24. This was a 99 cent daily deal My first thought upon reading the description was Grey Gardens with men instead of women and that is essentially what it turned out to be although I guess since the Collyers came before the Bouviers it should be the other way around.The author intersperses the story of the Collyer brothers with tales of his own uncle, himself a hoarder Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn t I would have liked a bit biographical information on the Collyers, and why and how if it s [...]

    25. This book was recommended to me by two friends who had read and loved this book Both of them figured that since I had enjoyed Grey Gardens that I would find this book equally appealing Ghosty Men tells the true story the Collyer Brothers who some claim were the greatest boarders in the world Franz Lidz interlaces the story of the Collyer brothers with his own uncle who was also a hoarder I can t say I either liked or disliked this book The subject matter of people who hoard junk is very fascinat [...]

    26. This is a slight book about the famous Collyer brothers and the author s Uncle Arthur For those of you who don t know, the Collyer brothers were the preeminent hoarders way before television When they died in 1947, 180 tons of junk several pianos, a car, paper paper paper was removed from their Harlem house yes, tons The author s Uncle Arthur has similar tendencies, which is perhaps the reason he became interested in the Collyers This is a quick entertaining read and if you, like me, wonder how [...]

    27. E L Doctorow has just published a fictionalized account of the 20th century s most famous hoarders Homer and Langley Collyer, a pair of highly educated recluses whose house became stuffed with tons of mostly junk over several decades But why settle for fiction when you can have the facts Franz Lidz s brief biography is captivating, perhaps all the so because it is interspersed with reflections on the author s own dysfunctional relatives, some of whom bear than a passing resemblance to Homer an [...]

    28. An interesting read about hoarders of yesteryear based on Harlem They amasssed a small mansion s worth of goods at the home of their youth after their parents passed away on 5th Avenue Highly educated, one brother was actually an attorney, they failed to adapt to the world after their mother died and over the decades amassed anything and everything they came across in their walking journeys through the city The author had previously wrote a book about an uncle who suffered the same type of affli [...]

    29. I don t know why it took me so long to get around to this short but fascinating book It s the story of both the Collyer brothers, New York s legendary hoarders, and his own uncle, one of a family of oddballs, who also accumulated junk All these hoarders are united by an inability to discern valuable things like Steinway pianos from scraps of paper they find on the street Everything must be saved.What struck me about the book is its essential sweetness and sympathy toward its subjects He s in no [...]

    30. I bought this book based on the title and the editorial reviews on The book was portrayed as the story of two brothers who were hoarders in New York City and who died in the 1940s Though the book was mildly interesting, it certainly was not properly titled or reviewed The book is about hoarders within the author s family than it is about the Collyer brothers I found the writing style distracting chapters alternated between the Collyers and the Lidz brothers Adding to the distraction, Lidz share [...]

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