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Thus the stage is set for a spellbinding tale of mystery and menace, greed and ambition, harsh lust and tender love, that lays bare the darkest depths of the human heart and the nightmarish underside of the American dream. E. L. Doctorow has written a novel aglow with poetry and passion, lit by the burning fire of humanity and history, terror and truth.
During the Great Depression of the '30s, a passionate, young New Jersey man leaves home to find his fortune. What he finds is a life so different from his own that it changes his destiny. A haunting story of dreams and desires, repackaged to match Doctorow's other bestsellers. Reprint from Bantam.
Posted May 1, 2008
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.
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Posted January 25, 2014