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Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
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Jan 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010
Read in January, 2010

A friend Ava sent me this book in a care package awhile back and I finally picked it up. It's a trip back to the 20th century with guest appearances from Evelyn Nesbit, J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, and more well known luminaries of that time. The interconnectedness of these personalities and the way the plot is woven is awesome.

Reading Ragtime really gives an incredible look at what life might have been like during the early part of the last century. The struggles of the common working person as America was industrialized are highlighted in the fictional accounts of characters in the story. I found myself captivated by the depiction of New York city during this time period. I loved reading about the development of neighborhoods and cultural centers in early New York.

This novel is at times fantastical, historical, sensational, and at all times entertaining.

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