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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    Compact and Beautiful like NYC

    Prompted by his son-in-law to return to New York City to write a magazine article, E.B. White wound up writing one of the most elegant, compact and poignant books on the subject. And although White rhapsodized about the New York of youth, and was a little saddened by the New York he was revisiting in the mid-40s, there is no doubting his love and fascination with Gotham. His descriptions of a walk through The Park in the evening, the sounds of ships' horns in the distance, and the comings and goings of commuters are especially provocative. One of the central theses of this little tome is that so much of the destinies of New Yorkers are measured in inches. He describes how everyday New Yorkers can wind up inches away from a celebrity at a luncheonette, and that at any time you can be as close to or as distant from any significant event or person. He describes the fate of one New Yorker who was crushed by a falling piece of masonry from an old building. If that person had been six inches away in any direction on the sidewalk, that person would've gone on living. A matter of inches. And so it is with this slender volume, which is not even a half- inch thick. And yet it, like the crowded little island of Manhattan, is filled with so much richness, humanity, and life that it draws you in like a supermagnet. And only E.B. White could have pulled off something as beautiful as this book. Buy it, read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    It is not worth the price.

    This "book" clearly is not worth the money charged for it. It is an essay rather than a book, and the first third to half of it is an introduction.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    A great essay about New York. A pricey little volume.

    It's a nice essay.
    Not entirely relevant, but noteworthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    An Excellent Book to Read

    Here is New York is a beautifully written description of New York City as it was in the late 40's. E.B. White writes how the city is forever changing yet stays the same, how residents can live within the grand metropolis and yet never venture past a few blocks. He captures the essence and the spirit of New York City with a keen perception of what is ironic, what is interesting, what is beloved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2002

    He saw the World Trade Towers Fall before they were built

    The most beautiful essay on New York and what New York is. But the last pages will rip your heart out and start a flood of tears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    Gift of Privacy

    This incredible essay leaves one with the same feeling you experienced as a child discovering one more Christmas present tucked away behind the tree - it suddenly becomes all yours - brilliant!!

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