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Metropolis: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    Taken By Surprise....

    Before reading Amy Ephron's book A Cup Of Tea I would not have even picked this one up. Period books always intimidate me. But I read that very short novel by Amy Ephron and I was encouraged to pick up Metropolis by the similar periods the books take place. Metropolis was however completely different and captivated me from the first two pages which I read in store. And I just knew I had to keep reading. The story gets quite complicated and read a little slow but excitingly so. You CANNOT wait to know what is going to happen at any given moment during the story. It is suspenseful in a very edge of you seat way quite like watching a movie. I was completely heartbroken to have to finish reading this book. I loved reading it soo much and wanted so much to get to the end to know what would be the end. But once I got there I hated to put the book away wanting more of Gaffney's characters and her writing. Fabulous reading. And instantly took a spot on my top ten list displacing another. A must read for anyone interested in the history of immigrants or the inner workings of getting thru life however you possibly must. A vibrant and sometimes sad story that will keep you interested till the. Very. Last. Word.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    Captivating story, once it sucks you in.

    Elizabeth Gaffney's Metropolis is a captivating story, once it manages to suck you in. The novel starts off slowly -- I found myself wondering at first if I would enjoy the book or if I would regret spending my time reading it once I had finished. It didn't take long -- the characters definitely grew on me as I got to know them through reading. In retrospect, the slow pace of the novel fits well with the relative pace of life during the story's time period, compared to that of today. Horse-drawn carriages contrasted with modern cars... letters taking months to travel overseas compared to the instant communication of e-mail. I was probably drawn to this novel by my frequent wondering about what it would have been like to have lived as a contemporary of my grandparents or great-grandparents, when technology was far less advanced. There are fascinating bits of science, physics, engineering and medicine thrown in with the usual human elements of interaction and emotion. Indeed, history is a great character in this novel as well. On the human side, the novel contains some very interesting studies of nature vs nurture, giving voice to a concept and allowing the reader to draw his or her own conclusions to some extent. Gaffney's highly descriptive style of writing easily transports you back through time to a period when certain technologies were in their infancy, while demonstrating that many things -- people, crime, racism, love, and luck -- may not have not been changed by time that much after all. Gaffney weaves an unusual story that slowly, carefully manages to wrap you around its little finger by the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    Adequate, not exceptional

    Elizabeth Gaffney wrote well. She just didn't seem to relate the story well. This book did not live up to my expectations. I expected a period piece on New York after the Civil War. Unfortunately many of the details about life in that period were not provided. My expectation was for something similar to Pillars of the Earth or Forever, where you actually felt you were visiting the time. Not so here. The characters would visit a bath house, ride a ferry, travel the streets, live in a flophouse, etc., etc. but the lack of description could have placed them in virtually any period. And the story, while interesting, contained the largest set of coincidences I have read in years. This didn't take place in a town of 50 but in a City of hundreds of thousands, yet the same set of characters kept inadvertently meeting although they operated for much of the novel many miles apart. So, while the book kept my interest until the predictable end (probably a credit to Ms. Gaffney's writing style), it left me with a feeling of relief that it was over.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    Historical Fiction at it's Best

    A engrossing read filled with a combination of fact and fantasy-

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    This book could have, and .should have, been written in 200 less

    This book could have, and .should have, been written in 200 less words. Less convolution and brutality, would have

    been much better. I found myself skipping long, boring passages. needless to say, I did not like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    good read

    Interesting bits of nyc history

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    Posted October 17, 2008

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