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Loon Lake

Loon Lake

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The hero of this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow is Joe, a young man on the run in the depths of the Great Depression. A late-summer night finds him alone and shivering beside a railroad track in the Adirondack mountains when a private railcar passes. Brightly lit windows reveal well-dressed men at a table and, in another compartment, a beautiful

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The hero of this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow is Joe, a young man on the run in the depths of the Great Depression. A late-summer night finds him alone and shivering beside a railroad track in the Adirondack mountains when a private railcar passes. Brightly lit windows reveal well-dressed men at a table and, in another compartment, a beautiful girl holding up a white dress before her naked form. Joe will follow the track to the mysterious estate at Loon Lake, where he finds the girl along with a tycoon, an aviatrix, a drunken poet, and a covey of gangsters. Here Joe’s fate will play out in this powerful story of ambition, aggression, and identity. Loon Lake is another stunning achievement of this acclaimed author.

“Powerful . . . [a] complex and haunting meditation on modern American history.”
–The New York Times

“A genuine thriller . . . a marvelous exploration of the complexities and contradictions of the American dream . . . Not under any circumstances would we reveal the truly shattering climax.”
The Dallas Morning News

“A dazzling performance . . . [Loon Lake] anatomizes America with insight, passion, and inventiveness.”
–The Washington Post Book World

“Hypnotic . . . tantalizes long after it has ended.”
–Time

“Compelling . . . brilliantly done.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A masterpiece.”
–Chicago Sun-Times

Editorial Reviews

Charles McGrath
....Loon Lake is a work of brilliant parts. -- The New York Times Books of the Century

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812978216
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,220,557
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

E. L. Doctorow’s works of fiction include Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, Billy Bathgate, The Waterworks, City of God, The March, Homer & Langley, and Andrew’s Brain. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, honoring a writer’s lifetime achievement in fiction, and in 2012 he won the PEN/ Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, given to an author whose “scale of achievement over a sustained career places him in the highest rank of American literature.” In 2013 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Gold Medal for Fiction. In 2014 he was honored with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Sag Harbor, New York, and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 6, 1931
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
A.B., Kenyon College, 1952; postgraduate study, Columbia University, 1952-53
Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/atrandom/doctorow/

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Loon Lake 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is rare that I am speechless in trying to describe how utterly bad a book is. I am not sure I have the adequate vocabulary to give this book the scathing review it so richly deserves. I found all the characters to be just repugnant and I could care less about any of them, or any of the events that happened to them. The plot was confusing and I wasn't sure whether it was the author, or whether the editors and publishers really messed up how this book was put together. The story would relate one event and then several chapters relate the same event again only from a slightly earlier time. The character development was non existent and the character themselves were shallow, uninteresting sub-humans and I found their actions to be putrid. I have often thought that even if I did not like a book, I should be willing to give the author a second chance. I don't see that happening here. If someone wanted to borrow this book, more than likely, I would refuse that request. I cannot emphasize to strongly how I would suggest that someone pass this book by, even if it means reading a mediocre book for the third or fourth time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book to curl up with