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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  37,545 ratings  ·  2,484 reviews
Welcome to America at the turn of the twentieth century, where the rhythms of ragtime set the beat. Harry Houdini astonishes audiences with magical feats of escape, the mighty J. P. Morgan dominates the financial world and Henry Ford manufactures cars by making men into machines. Emma Goldman preaches free love and feminism, while ex-chorus girl Evelyn Nesbitt inspires a m ...more
Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics Edition, 270 pages
Published February 2nd 2006 by Penguin Modern Classics (first published 1975)
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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.
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Fabian
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, displayin ...more
BlackOxford
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Paul Bryant
Nov 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
Algernon (Darth Anyan)

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فؤاد
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
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Darwin8u
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

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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 & Harlot's
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Steve
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Candi
"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
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Peter Boyle
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E.L. Doctorow was not on my radar at all until my local bookstore proprietor sang his praises to me. He mentioned Ragtime as a good place to start. So thanks to Brian from Marrowbone Books for the excellent suggestion.

The story is set in New Rochelle, New York at the beginning of the 20th century, and mostly focuses on one well-to-do family. Father owns a successful flags and fireworks business. At one point, he sets off on Robert Peary's expedition to reach the North Pole, but on his return, he
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Gabrielle
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
Maziyar Yf
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب رگتایم نوشته ال دکترو ، نویسنده با مهارت خیال و حقیقت را به هم پیوند زده و با تمرکز بر این دو اصل آمریکایی را به تصویر کشیده که در عین حال که خیالی ایست اما به شدت پذیرفتنی و باورکردنی ایست . دکترو شخصیتهای واقعی مانند هری هودینی یا هنری فورد یا بانکدار معروف مورگان را به داستان آورده و حقیقت وجود آنها را با داستان هایی خیالی گره می زند و این گونه داستان کتاب را به جلو می برد .
آمریکای آقای دکترو محل برخورد و تلاقی اندیشه های سرمایه داری ، آنارشیست و سوسیالیست هست و البته آبستن مشکلات جدی ت
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Dagio_maya
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
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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
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Bonnie Shores
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book.

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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
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Allie Riley
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Agnieszka
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy, 2013, reviewed
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
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Issa Deerbany
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الرواية رائعة من النوع السردي، تقع احداث الرواية في بداية القرن العشرون، وعام 1906 تحديدا. تبدو الاحداث في البداية متباعدة ولا يوجد رابط بينها ثم تبدأ في التجمع وتتلاقى مع بعضها البعض.

طريقة سرد الاحداث رائعة وبدون اي فلسفة ويركز المؤلف على الاحداث المتلاحقة بدون اي اطالة وبدون اهمال ايضا.

تصف الرواية المجتمع الامريكي الناهض في ذلك الوقت ومجالات الابداع والفرص السانحة لافراد المجتمع للتقدم وحصد الاموال والمكانة الرفيعة واختيار شخصيات حقيقية واحداث حقيقية ودمجها كذلك باحداث خيالية وشخصيات خيالية اي
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Celil
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
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Raul Bimenyimana
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
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Ste Pic
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amerikani
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
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Jan-Maat
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
Odai Al-Saeed
الراج تايم هو نوع من أنواع الزنجي الذي يعزف بآلة الجاز وما دلالة ذلك إالا أن الرواي إرتأى ذلك مؤشراً على موضوعه في تلك الفترة في الولايات المتحدة عندما بدأ السود مناهضة العنصرية بأساليب مختلفة ومعقدة
هذه الرواية في تلك الفترة من بدايات أعوام القرين العشرين كانت مفارقة مرحلية للتأثير في نوع الأدب الذي كانت تختلف طريقته آنذاك سردياً وجاءت هذه التجربة لتعقد أمراً مختلفاً في طريقة السرد والكتابة ومن هنا أتت أهميه الرواية .كذلك يضاف إليها ما زامن تلك الفترة من تغيرات ثقافية مختلفة في كثير من الأمور من
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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
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Bill
Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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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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.
محمد یوسفی‌شیرازی
اساسی‌ترین ترفند روایی این رمان، درهم‌آمیزی واقعیت بیرونی و شخصیت‌های تاریخی است با واقعیتِ داستانی. فضای داستان از شخصیت‌های جوراجور تاریخی و غیرتاریخی، اصلی و فرعی، سیاسی و غیرسیاسی آکنده و آشوب‌ناک شده است. حادثه‌های تاریخی و تخیلی در این رمان آن‌چنان هنرمندانه در هم تنیده شده‌اند که در پایان، در سرشت حقیقت تاریخی تردید افکنده می‌شود. شخصیت‌هایی چون پیر مورگان، هنری فورد، هری هودینی، اِما گُلدمن، هری کی‌تو، ایولین نسبیت و رابرت پیری کسانی‌اند که هویت تاریخی دارند و در این داستان نقش‌هایی ایفا ...more
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
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Mattia Ravasi
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Featured in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2017

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
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