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Ragtime: A Novel - E.L. Doctorow
Ragtime: A Novel
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Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American... show more
Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torch-bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812978186 (0812978188)
ASIN: 0812978188
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Mikela
Mikela rated it
4.0 Ragtime
Ragtime was my introduction to the writings of E.L. Doctorow, one that I had been putting off for a couple of years while telling myself that he was next in line to be read. I thoroughly enjoyed this “historical novel that melded imaginary characters with actual figures from history. Henry Ford, Emm...
DES
DES rated it
I did not get on with this book at all, which is entirely due to his style of writing. It somehow failed to keep me interested, to involve me in the story, to make me part of these peoples lives.I found the jungle by Upton Sinclair the better book dealing with similar topics.
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
0.0 Ragtime
I loved a music survey course I was required to take in college. I learned to love Josquin Des Prez and Monteverdi and Bach and Mozart and a whole passel of composers until we reached Schoenberg, when my first thought was "You've Got to be kidding; this is garbage." I felt the same way upon reading ...
caseyreads
caseyreads rated it
Ragtime is a fast-paced read, focusing on an upper-class family and their connections to famous historical events and people. Doctorow uses a combination of simple and compound sentences plus very long paragraphs to keep the reader from stopping. Although at times it can be wearing, the short chapte...
Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it
Really fun to read. His writing style is interesting, and the story lines are engaging.
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