World's Fair

World's Fair

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by E. L. Doctorow
     
 

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"Something close to magic." The Los Angeles Times

The astonishing novel of a young boy's life in the New York City of the 1930s, a stunning recreation of the sights, sounds, aromas and emotions of a time when the streets were safe, families stuck together through thick and thin, and all the promises of a generation culminate in a single great World's

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"Something close to magic." The Los Angeles Times

The astonishing novel of a young boy's life in the New York City of the 1930s, a stunning recreation of the sights, sounds, aromas and emotions of a time when the streets were safe, families stuck together through thick and thin, and all the promises of a generation culminate in a single great World's Fair . . .

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
The resulting novel crackles with unexpected twists and some nifty surprises-it's like Patricia Highsmith with an extra shot of adrenaline.
School Library Journal
YA The 1930s was a turbulent time for America: the Great Depression, left-wing politics and the growing concern over the rise of Hitler in Europe. As seen through the eyes of nine-year-old Edgar Altshuler, these events provide a backdrop for the more intimate story of his own family and how they coped while living in the Bronx. They serve a symbolic purpose as well as a historical one. On his first visit to the fair, Edgar is enthralled by industry's vision of the futuresafe, secure and prosperous cities, speedy and cheap transportation and modern invention to make life easier. On his second visit, he sees that the exhibits are constructed of gypsum whose paint is peeling and that the displays are really toys. Reality has altered Edgar's perceptionshe is growing up. Edgar's chapters are randomly interspersed with his mother Rose's recollections and a few by his older brother Donald to give a seemingly simplistic view of life that is actually a rich narrative of history, political and personal values and points for discussion. A remarkable book for perceptive readers. Diana Hirsch, PGCMLS, Md.
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
When you finish reading E.L. Doctorow's marvelous novel, you shake your head in disbelief and ask yourself how he has managed to do it…you get lost in World's Fair as if it were an exotic adventure. You devour it with the avidity usually provoked by a suspense thriller.
The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812978209
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/10/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
388,888
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(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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World's Fair 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RGW More than 1 year ago
An exploration of the 1930's in New York is the background for a Jewish family living in the Bronx. You will get to know each of the members of Doctorow's cast through many the daily experience of family life and many different perspectives. Growing up, family, love, death, are experienced in different ways through many different eyes. By the end of the book you will understand these people and likely think you actually know these people, or at least someone just like them. An enlightening book not to be ignored.
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