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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  34,647 ratings  ·  2,264 reviews
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 & the First World War. The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, NY, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerve ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 17th 2010 by Random House (first published 1975)
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Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A ragin' feelin' I had during the first half of "Ragtime" was... oh-my-gawd, this may possibly become my favorite novel all year. Yeah. That overwhelmingly delicious feeling last year achieved during my "Where'd You Go Bernadette"/"The Godfather" double whammy was reproduced, until it, almost organically, chose to focus on one specific era in U.S. history! Ragtime is just so majestically beautiful, taking on the whole of America between 1903 & 1915, aka the dawning of the 20th century, displ ...more
Paul Bryant
Nov 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Today I was thinking of the 101 reasons why I love books, the actual physical papery pagey spiney things with words all over them, and one of the reasons was that they're not machines. Everything i seem to have to do these days is with some kind of machine. At work, of course, chained to the pc - actually it's a laptop on a docking station with two screens, I wonder when they'll add me a third, and although I'm emailing and talking to people all day long (sexy voiced nurses from France and Argen ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
335. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
Ragtime is a novel by E. L. Doctorow, published in 1975. This work of historical fiction is mainly set in the New York City area from 1902 until 1912, with brief scenes towards the end describing the United States' entry into World War I in 1917.
The novel centers on a wealthy family living in New Rochelle, New York, simply named Father, Mother, Mother's Younger Brother, Grandfather, and 'the little boy', Father and Mother's young son. The narrator is never identified.
Henry Avila
The time from 1902 to about 1914, the place around New York City an its prosperous suburb New Rochelle, New York, the Ragtime Era, Scott Joplin lively, syncopated music has swept the nation ( if you ever seen the film The Sting, you will recognize the sounds). A wealthy family, they make fireworks and American flags, living contently in all appearances outside the city, Father, Mother, Mother's Younger Brother, Grandfather and the little boy...yes... no proper names given here, kind of quirky to ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
No One Ever Drove This Fast Before

The most startling thing about Ragtime is the pace of the narrative. It never slackens, even to allow direct speech. It moves relentlessly from place to place, person to person, with non-stop description, assertion, connection, reversal. There are crowds and traffic and excitement wherever you look. If there is temporary equilibrium, it is fragile: a tour boat listing first to starboard then to port; a motor car belching steam at the crest of a hill, a chauffeur
داستانى به شدت لذت بخش، به طورى كه دو روزه با ولع خوندم و تمومش كردم. با ترجمه ى دلنشين نجف دريابندرى.

دكتروف و ماركز
عنصرى كه داستان رو بسيار دلچسب مى كرد، شيوه ى دكتروف بود در روايت كه مكرراً من رو به ياد گابریل گارسیا ماركز مى انداخت. خلق يه دنياى پر از آدم، كه هر كدوم داستانى پر ماجرا دارن كه تلفيقى از واقعيت تاريخى و افسانه است، و دوربين روايت مدام از روى يكى روى ديگرى ميره.
نثر هم من رو به ياد ماركز مى انداخت: نثرى پر نشاط و در نهايت ايجاز كه بيشتر به واقعيات عينى مى پردازه، به جاى غرق شدن د
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
― E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime


So my first book of 2014 isn't even on my to-read list. Must be good. Yes, in fact it is the killer historical novel of the Ragtime era. It is the big uncle to late 90s Philip Roth ('I Married a Communist', 'American Pastoral') , Don DeLillo ('Libra', 'Underworld'), Gore Vidal ('Empire, Hollywood') & Norman Mailer* (Executioner's Song & H
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sometime early in his career E.L. Doctorow figured out a great formula for historical fiction. He takes real life iconic figures from whatever era he’s covering and has them interact in believable ways with his fictional characters. It makes for a “show, don’t tell” scenario that brings history alive. With Ragtime, we get to peek inside the heads of Houdini, Freud, J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman, Henry Ford and others. In the process, we learn the issues of the day and get an authentic feel for the s ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
"Patriotism was a reliable sentiment in the early 1900's. Teddy Roosevelt was President. The population customarily gathered in great numbers either out of doors for parades, public concerts, fish fries, political picnics, social outings, or indoors in meeting halls, vaudeville theatres, operas, ballrooms."

This relatively short novel is jam-packed with a myriad of characters – some fictional and some real-life individuals. It is a grand undertaking that introduces us to the events and people of
When we read history books, we are given a rather wide view of a tapestry of interconnected events: what Doctorow did with "Ragtime" is to take a magnifying glass to that intricate tapestry to give the reader a much, much closer look at some events that we thought we were familiar with. As such, it's a bit hard to summarize: we follow some episodes of the lives of a Upstate New York family and how their existence is linked to such famous figures as Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, Evelyn ...more
Bonnie Shores
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book.


I went back and forth between giving it 3 or 4 stars. What to do? I decided that, since I was unsure, erring on the higher side would be more fair. I mean, the content of the book was really good. There were stories centered around a diverse mixiture of people from the early 1900s that included Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, Emma Goldman and Henry Ford. And therein lies my problem. The collection of stories, imho, didn't tr
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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And though the newspapers called the shooting the Crime of the Century, Goldman knew it was only 1906 and there were ninety-four years to go.

Ragtime is a vivid, colourful patchwork-like picture of America in the early XX century, when …patriotism was a reliable sentiment…everyone wore white in summer…there were no Negroes. There were no immigrants . It’s a story in which fates of fictitious heroes intertwine with authentic figures of epoch like magician Houdini, tycoons J.P. Morgan and Henry For
amin akbari
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
به نام او

بعضی از کتابها رو باید چشم بسته و بدون تحقیق خرید یعنی زیاد به دنبال سابقه نویسنده و موضوع و غیره ذالک نرفت، همین که دیدی ناشرش فلان ناشره یا مترجم آقای فلانیه، کافیه. کتاب رو بخر بیا بیرون.
به عقیده بنده با طیب خاطر میتوان هرچه که نجف دریابندری ترجمه کرده است را خواند، لذت برد و چیزهای فراوانی یاد گرفت. بی هیچ اغراق اگر سه چهار اسم بزرگ و قابل احترام دیگر نبودند به راحتی میتوانستیم بگوییم که بزرگترین مترجم زبان فارسی ست.
و اما در مورد ناشر من تنها در مورد سه چهار تا ناشر چنین حسی دارم،
Allie Riley
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just stunning. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Beautifully written and utterly engrossing, I didn't want it to end (which is one reason I took so long reading it). Very cleverly plotted and extremely atmospheric. The way Doctorow weaves together all the loose ends is masterful. His blending of fact and fiction works superbly well. A wonderful novel.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
2018'de okuduğum, tartışmasız en iyi kitap.

Etrafta bu kitaptan bahseden de görmedim. Herkes okudu da, kendisine mi saklıyor bilmiyorum ama :) Gerçekten de insanın alıp bağrına basası, pamuklara sarıp evin en güzel köşesine asası geliyor! Merak unsuru konusunda bir şahika. Yazarını da tanımıyordum. Daha çok şey okumamız lazım kendisinden. Tabii bu kitabın bu kadar güzel olmasının bir sebebi de çevirmeni Tomris Uyar Hanımefendidir. Ne kadar güzel, ne kadar içten bir çeviri olmuş.

Kitabın bende bı
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ragtime is a historical fiction with a heavy focus on the history. Large stretches of the novel are narrative digressions on contemporary figures ranging from Houdini and Emma Goldman to Freud, Ford, and Morgan, but also a look at the farce of race and justice with a heavy homage from Michael Kohlhaas.

Doctorow wants to create here an authentic yet critical look at the transformation of the United States at this time, and he does so with a choking degree of irony. If I'll quote sentences from th
Ste Pic
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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non sparate sul pianista

Associavo il ragtime a the entertainer di Scott Joplin, brano utilizzato nel film "la stangata" che era però ambientato negli anni '30. Solo successivamente ho scoperto che questo tipo di musica, che ha precorso il jazz, era invece predominante negli Stati Uniti all'inizio 1900.
Il romanzo riporta nel corretto periodo storico quel miscuglio di musica ottocentesca europea e musica da ballo afroamericana. Il ragtime classico, suonato al piano, si compone di una parte ripet
Raul Bimenyimana
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
The early nineteenth century epoch seemed like the main character in this story. Filled with historical figures from Booker Washington to Emma Goldman to Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Houdini to J.P. Morgan and more, this book does a wonderful job of giving the reader an idea of the times.

Within the story, laying beneath the historical figures are the fictional characters some with such general names as Father, Mother, Boy, Younger Brother that represent the white upper middle class of the time, a
Natalia Yaneva
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
САЩ в началото на XX век. Млада, нахакана и самоуверена страна. Не и невинна обаче. Никога не е била невинна. Земя, в която древни нации са смазвали и проливали кръвта на други древни нации, за да се роди нещо съвсем ново. Някои биха го нарекли синергия, но Фройд би казал, че е просто „гибелта на една разпадаща се европейска цивилизация“.

Персонажите на Доктороу танцуват своите животи под звуците на рагтайм, предвестника на декадентския чар на епохата на джаза. Движенията им са насечени и непредв
Very enjoyable novel of turn of the century America. The central plot element is a modernised retelling of Kleist's Michael Kohlhaas - foreknowledge of which is not required for enjoyment of this novel. In a sense I feel it sells that story a little short because it has to share Ragtime with a bunch of other elements and Doctorow doesn't to my taste project the same kind of moral outrage as Kleist but making race the equivalent of late medieval/early modern social structure is still a strong sta ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب قشنگیه. مخصوصا با ترجمه روان و عالی نجف دریابندری.
کتاب به احساسات تک تک شخصیتها نمی پردازه. اما آدم از همون چند فصل اول با همه شون آشنا میشه و درکشون میکنه.
و اینکه هیچ شخصیتی خوب یا بد مطلق نیست تو این کتاب و هرکدوم دنیای خاص خودشون رو دارن. در واقع به نظرم داستان قهرمان هم نداره..
فقط کاش به اما گلدمن آنارشیست بیشتر پرداخته بود من خیلی دوسش داشتم:)
۲۷ آذر ۹۶
Shahab Samani
در مورد یک کتاب برای من مسئله اصلی ، خصوصا در مورد یک رمان ، این است که در جریان خواندن کتاب کلافه بوده ام یا شوق ادامه دادن داشتم؟ در مورد این کتاب، پاسخ من قطعا شوق ادامه دادن بود ؛ داستانی جذاب ، پرکشش و متفاوت.
کتاب رگتایم ، از آن کتاب هایی است که همیشه ، از نوجوانی در کتاب فروشی ها دیده بودم ، اما بدون علت به سراغش نرفته بودم ، خوشحالم که خواندمش و رگتایم نخوانده از دنیا نرفتم . بخوانیدش و از شخصیت ها و ماجراهای متفاوت و عجیبش لذت ببرید. "رگتایم نخوانده" از دنیا نروید.
علی‌رضا میم
مواجههی اولیه با این کتاب جلد کاملا غیرجذاب با طراحی قدیمیه. لای کتاب رو هم باز میکنی میبینی که ای بابا، فقط چاپ کتاب سال نود و خوردهایه، ولی مدل صفحه بندی برای قدیمیه، فونت قدیمیه.
ولی خب کتاب رو از روی جلدش قضاوت نکنیم!
شروع داستان به شدت جذاب بود، انگار نویسنده نشسته روی عرش، و داره چیزی که روی زمین میبینه رو تعریف میکنه. مثلا آقای «الف» رفت آقای «ب» رو دید. و بعد انگار حواسش به جناب «ب»جمع بشه، شروع میکنه از «ب» برامون میگه و این سیر رو ادامه میده. بعد از اینکه همهی شخصیتهای داستان که اول داست
Ragtime is like most reviews here describe it. A pulsing mosaic of real and fictional characters set at the dawn of the 20th century, when miracles where still a thing. I thoroughly enjoyed Doctorow's prose, while my favorite parts were those of Emma Goldman (of course) and Houdini. I was never really a fan of historical fiction but the man with the strange name made me want to reconsider.
Tasti neri, tasti bianchi...

”Ma un’ora dopo lui stava in piedi tra due vagoni del treno del latte diretto a New Rochelle. Pensava di gettarsi sotto le ruote. Ascoltava il loro ritmo, il loro battito continuo, come la mano sinistra di un rag. Il cigolio e il clangore del metallo contro il metallo alla giuntura dei due vagoni era il sincopato della mano destra. Sarebbe stato un suicidio rag.”

Il ragtime nasce a cavallo tra ottocento e novecento.
Una musica con due ritmi che all'unisono esprimono d
Mattia Ravasi
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Considering how often the narrative focus jumps from one character to the next, this should not be the easiest and most addictive of reads. But it fucking is! Ironic and witty and engaging, and so so tragic, Ragtime features an amazing cast of historical figures (Houdini! The Archduke Franz Ferdinand! Henry Ford! PJ Morgan!) and unforgettable fictional characters. You'll read it in one day it's so goo
Somayeh Pourtalari
داستانی جالب و بسیار خواندنی در لابلای تاریخ آمریکا در اوایل قرن بيستم .
دکتروف به طرز هنرمندانه اي واقعیت و خیال را در هم تنیده است .

١٥فروردين ١٣٩٥
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
یکی از بهترین کتابهایی که خونده ام....
Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Wildly Overrated (2013)

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
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