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Author: E. L. Doctorow
Doctorow's novel takes place in turn-of-the-century New York, and mingles real-life and fictional characters. The plot involves the Evelyn Nesbit-Stanford White intrigue, but also includes a black musician and his girlfriend, a Jewish peddler on the Lower East Side, and a coterie of wealthy Anglo-Saxons in pursuit of wealth. — Set in America ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780452279070
ISBN-10: 0452279070
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 270
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 104 ratings
Publisher: Plume
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Fascinating! The original story upon which the musical is based.
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The beloved classic bestseller of wicked and wonderful people-real and imagined-swept by the dazzle of turn-of-the-century America. The story of three remarkable American families-rich white-Harlem black-immigrant Jew-whose lives become intertwined with the likes of Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan, Theodore Dreiser, Sigmund Freud and Emiliano Zapata.
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This was a pretty good book. It took me some time to actually get into it, but once I was introduced to many of the characters I enjoyed the story. I love how the characters all intertwine together at some point in the story.
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A serious and worthwhile novel.
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E. L. Doctorow really gives you a sense of the era he's writing about and also gives enjoyable glimpses into the lives of some of the famous people of the day. Has inspired me to read his other period novels.
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One of those "great American novels" that people are always talking about. Do yourself a favor and read this book...then go see the musical they made from it. It's completely brilliant, a very good representation of the events of this historical novel.
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Fabulous tale(s), filled with famous names, THE novel about america at the turn or the century and after. A classic by anyones' standards.
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I was swept up by this story of three families (rich white, Harlen black, immigrant Jew)whose lives converge in New York in the early 1900's.

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