Loon Lake

Loon Lake

by E. L. Doctorow
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Loon Lake by E. L. Doctorow

It is America in the great depression, and he is a child of that time, that place. He runs away from home in Paterson, New Jersey, to New York City and learns the bare bones of life before he hits the road with a traveling carnival. Then one icy night in the Adirondacks, the young man sees a private train roar by. In its lit windows, he spies an industrial tycoon, a poet, a gangster, and a heartbreakingly beautiful girl. He follows them, as one follows a dream, to an isolated private estate on Loon Lake.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452275683
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 06/28/1996
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.68(d)

About 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.


Sag Harbor, New York, and New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 6, 1931

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


A.B., Kenyon College, 1952; postgraduate study, Columbia University, 1952-53

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Loon Lake 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 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.
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
UGH !!! hard to get into and confusing. Don't wast your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book to curl up with