The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini sw...more
2/18/11 - I've finished reading this book. I have to say that I enjoyed the film more. The plotline with the Coalhouse Walker, Jr. character was diluted in the book because the book (as opposed to the film) included more characters and subplots. Much of the text was taken up with the blending of the fictitious characters with the true-life historical personages and historic events. Although it was interesting the way Doctorow wove the fiction and non-fiction togethe...more
Ragtime's major success is that it lays out its characters' inner lives in all their strangeness to our own. It sets semi-legendary historical figures within their...more
در این کتاب نویسنده آمیخته ای از اتفاقات و شخصیت های واقعی آمریکا در حوالی سالهای 1975 رو با شخصیت ها و اتفاقهای رمان گونه به تصویر کشیده. سبک کتاب سبک ادبیات آمریکایی و رئال هست. از شخصیت های واقعی که بهشون در این کتاب اشاره شده میشه از "اما گلدمن"، "هنری فورد"، "مورگان" و "هری هودینی" نام برد. نکته جالب این هست که خیلی از شخصیت های رمان داستان اسم ندارن و مثلا به اسم دائی کوچیکه یا پدر نامیده میشن. از لحاظ تاریخی کتاب میتونه حاوی اطلاعات خوبی ب...more
I thought this must be a huge exaggeration. Then I read the book. In fact it's completely the truth. It blends historical personages with central characters who are given no names b...more
Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, b...more
While this book was somewhat enjoyable I did have issues with the literary style, in particular the author's...more
Doctorow, E.L. (1974). Ragtime. New York: Penguin.
This impressionistic portrait of New York in the early 1900’s has been widely praised as a “classic,” and has been made into a movie and a Broadway show. I can't understand the attraction.
The story is roughly centered on the life of an upper-class family in New York, but dozens of other sub-stories flare up and die down around them. A rich socialite who married for money defends her husband who killed her lover, a famous ar...more
The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined f
Skimmed it again and I realized there WAS too much sex.
I'm not going to moralize about sex outside of marriage here, or sex in novels, because this isn't the place for the first one and sex scenes in novels aren't always a bad thing. Done right, they can add to the plot and characterization.
To an extent, Doctorow does this. I have to admit that he does an excellent job of revealing a character's attitudes, prejud...more
I know little about the time period, so I have no idea how historically accurate Ragtime is, but I thought it did well capturing the sentiment and mentality of...more
January 20, 2007
This is a book about everything. It is also a book that I have held in my hands as the next in line several times, only to put it down and read something else. This has been going on for over a year now. This book has traveled with me (unread) to Seattle, and on a separate trip, all over Northern Europe. Never could figure out why I didn’t read the damn thing. It’s pretty short, my copy being 270 pages.
Anyway, I finally got around to it, and it...more
Oddio, non esageriamo, ovviamente non da un nero, nemmeno uno colto e musicista, che per ottenere giustizia di uno stupido scherzo operato da bianchi che non valgono un suo mignolo, è costretto a diventare una specie di terrorista, e a lasciarci la vita.
Ovviamente non da una donna, che se cerca di liberarsi da un matrimonio umilian...more
"It was evident to him that the world composed and recomposed itself constantly in an endless process of dissatisfaction."
"Ragtime" is set in pre-WWI America where technological innovation, industrialization, and immigration were converging to bring about a new world that had not yet come fully into focus. The Model T shared the road with horse-drawn fire wagons, assembly-lined factories employed masses of fungible workers who enjoyed few rights, and...more
Ragtime is about the true nature of the United States. Doctorow chooses an important time in the development of the modern USA (the 1900s), chooses some emblematic real people (Harry Houdini and Henry Ford, among others), adds some fictional characters, and uses them to say what he wants to about the basis of American society. His account is not comfortable to read; a major part of what he has to say is related to injustice. Thus we see the ord...more
I doubt i'm the first to say this story creatively captures the essence period in a multitude of ways. ...without being terribly long or packed with details.
A ton of passages & moments stick with me but I'll share just three:
#1 p.263 referring t...more