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Posted July 3, 2002
shrewd and startling
This book is a tantalizing historical fiction peace that answers the question of what ever happened to the children of the Rosenberg's (killed for treason). The book is written in a manner that seems confusing but makes sense--a doctorate student making notes to improve a thesis of sorts.
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Please don't recycle
I read "World's Fair" last week, written in 2002(?). Same grandmother right down to a word for word description of her crazy antics in the neighborhood as "The Book of Daniel". Also, a pedestrian killed by a car crashing into the woman and sending her through the school fence spilling milk and blood into the school yard. The basement "Williams" character right down to the coal chunking incidence same as in "WF".
Please Mr. Doctorow, give the reader some semblence of intellegence. Remember if we like one of your books we are inevitably destined to read another of your novels. Recycling plastic bottles, bags and glass is honorable. Recycling entire paragraphs from previous novels is contemptable.
As an avid reader of late 19th century/early 20th century novels, I often come across similar characters and scenario, but never a blatant word for word diatribe.
While I regard "Daniel" as a provokeing novel; inticicing our fundimental rights as humans, while reminding us that we are really all animals at heart, I wish Mr. Doctorow would have spent a few more hours writing a few different characterizations.
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Posted March 30, 2010
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