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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  28,760 ratings  ·  2,787 reviews
Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America’s greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native-born and immigrant—a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city’s fortunes. From this intimate perspective we see New York’s humble beginnings as a tiny Indian fishing village, the arriva ...more
Paperback, 862 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published September 3rd 2009)
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Marie Baird My grandfather (a Canadian WW1 soldier) and my grandmother (a London girl) were married in London, England on November 11, 1918 (the day we've come to…moreMy grandfather (a Canadian WW1 soldier) and my grandmother (a London girl) were married in London, England on November 11, 1918 (the day we've come to recognize as the Armistice Day). My grandfather's best man (who looks rather thin and warn in the formal wedding photo) died two days later of the influenza. It's a story that's been passed down in our family by my grandpa and then my mother. The wedding photo has always had a rather haunting quality for me ... knowing, from the distance of time, what would be the fates of many of the individuals pictured there. (less)

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Lori
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me of James Michener.

It’s billed as assessable history, so depending on your base line parts seem rushed and lite. In places the research shows like the opposite of an actor giving a seamless performance. But, he covers a lot of territory from angels I don’t often read—Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address from a press photographer’s point of view.

Follows a prospering mostly WASP family from New Amsterdam to post-911. Their name is Masters. Stop rolling your eyes if they get stuck looking into t
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Jackie Ullerich
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Edward Rutherfurd is an exceptional historical fiction author. His attention to details, the character development, the emotion, the settings, the multi-generations bring his books to life. If historical fiction is a genre you love and you haven't read any of his books yet, it's a must. And perhaps New York is the perfect Rutherfurd novel to start with.

Why?
1. It's told in sequence, no jumping from the past to the present like in Paris, so it might be easier to follow for some. The novel starts w
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Sean Kennedy
I like reading somewhat trashy historical family sagas, but I was expecting a little more diversity in this book following four centuries of the history of New York and the people who lived in it. After all, New York is a hubub of multiculturalism, but this book ends up being overwhelmingly Anglocentric. The African-American family disappear halfway through the story, the Italians get a few chapters and then only a few cameos, and the Puerto Ricans just a few appearances as the 'friends' of the ...more
Jim
"People came here for freedom and, hard though the way up might be, they found it. To make it, you needed the work ethic."

"No matter how hard things were, New Yorkers never gave up."


This was a fascinating story that encompassed over 300 years. Starting in 1664 when present day New York City was a Dutch fort and trading post through 2009 as New Yorkers, and America, showed it's resilience following the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001. There are many stories that make up this novel. Each
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Tracy
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. So much so that I wrote an article about it.

... The author managed to tell not only the historical story of the city but also conveys the changes in mood, attitude, and life for New Yorkers over the centuries. For example, the way the characters relate to each other during the Revolutionary War, such as the concern for the whole rather than the individual, is vastly different from how they interact at the close of the book during the summer of 2009 and as it should be. The onl
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Katherine Coble
It was only my love for Edward Rutherfurd in general that kept me slogging through this book.

Sarum was the book that converted me to a Rutherfrudite; it's still one of my all-time favourites.

That book was clearly more personal than New York, because Rutherfurd gave it both a strong sense of time and place that kept me riveted. His characters were part of the fabric of their time and place, and the story was memorably strong.


New York, on the other hand, feels like a publisher's mandate to an a
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Jim
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book. But don't expect diversity in the story. Rutherford tailors his narrative pretty closely to the experiences of the Masters-to the detriment of the other families. Rutherford has chosen to avoid aspects of New York (Five Points/the Harlem Renaissance/the infant film industry/Broadway)that could have been mined for fascinating reading. It's the narrowness of the focus that really is the most frustrating aspect of the book. It's a good book, but it's not diverse.
Marita
3:5 stars

Kudos to Edward Rutherfurd for his extensive research. I enjoyed the whirlwind tour of the history of New York from the early Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century to the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in 2001 (plus an Epilogue set in 2009) which formed the backdrop to this generational saga. Having had the good fortune to visit that city on more than one occasion, it was interesting to read how the city developed, and what was built when and where. Certainly every major even
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Rebecca McNutt
New York is an amazing, detailed and powerful novel, a chronicle of many people who were able to call this city home over decades of time.
Suzanne
It’s no secret that Edward Rutherfurd is at the top of my list when it comes to favorite authors of historical fiction. I have been dying to read his latest New York since it first came out. I decided to wait, however, and put it on my book club reading list. Finally, the wait was over, and was it ever worth the wait!

In New York, Rutherfurd opens the novel in the year 1664, when the city was just a settlement called New Amsterdam. Like his other novels, the author takes a family or two, and carr
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Michelle
I really enjoyed most of this book. It's for anyone who likes novels that provide great history along with fiction... this novel traces the history of New York... my problem is that he dropped the storyline for the African-American family story line without much ceremony as if African American families didn't have a role in modern New York.
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Another Rutherfurd novel I really enjoyed! Of course, it's not sophisticated literature, but Rutherfurd's concept is ideal for history nerds like myself, I love looking all kinds of things up and studying maps while reading enjoyable fiction.

Im frühen siebzehnten Jahrhundert gründen niederländische Siedler an der Südspitze der amerikanischen Insel Manna-Hatta eine Siedlung, die sie „Neu-Amsterdam“ nennen. Etwa 50 Jahre später haben sich Kaufleute dort niedergelassen und einen b
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Shari
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Rutherfurd’s other novels, New York: A Novel is a massive book. It would require dedication and time to read – also patience – for the story begins in the 17 century, during the Dutch colonization, to the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001. That’s 3 centuries of history. Still, in spite of its length, the story didn’t linger very long in some eras. The author highlighted the most historic and momentous events: the coming of the British, the war of independence, the financia ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘New York is the true capital of America.’
This novel begins, in 1664, with a tiny Indian village and Dutch traders. It ends in 2009 with an epilogue. In between, the journey through the generations of the fictional families Mr Rutherfurd has created traverses many of the major events in the history of both New York and America.

From New Amsterdam as a Dutch trading settlement, through the period of British colonisation, and the War of Independence, the creation of the American nation, and the Ci
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Dorothy
Feb 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. Recommended by a friend whose taste I trust, but I couldn't finish it. John Masters is like an Early American Forrest Gump - not too bright and lots of famous people make cameo appearances in his life... Sam Adams, Ben Franklin, John Jay, etc. I stopped reading after about 250 pages and just skimmed bits to the end. I enjoyed Sarum and thought Rutherfurd was a good storyteller, but his writing seems really simplistic in New York and I was bored.
Angie
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love all of ER books and all the research he puts into them...this one included! Hope he at some point will write about other major american cities. Any readers of his previous books will want to make sure and read this one. It starts in 1600's with the Dutch settlers and Native Americans and moves forward from there to around 2011. Well worth the time you put into reading the 850+ page novel.
Steve Sarner
If you enjoy historical fiction you should read this book. If you enjoy New York you should read this book. If you enjoy both, you must read this book.

There’s already over 2,700 reviews and, as always with Goodreads, a diverse set of ratings and perspectives, however, I loved every aspect of this amazing saga.

The writing and storyline was so good I found myself saying longer than ever on the elliptical at the gym without checking the time or social media in order to keep up with the Master fami
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David
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dutch, Puritans, Irish, Italians, Germans, Jews, slaves, flappers, revolutionaries, survivors
Early New York

I don't know how Edward Rutherfurd does the research to write these immense historical novels about different times and places. My first Rutherfurd novel was Sarum, which covered the entire history of England from the earliest Celts to the modern day. New York doesn't go back quite so far - only to the 1600s, and the beginnings of New York, but as with Sarum, it spans centuries of history by following the ups and downs of several families, who grow up in and with the city, sometimes leave and re
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Marc  A.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another thoroughly enchanting and engaging historical fiction by Edward Rutherford. A master of the "James Michener School" of long, exhaustively researched, examinations of important historical places, achieved by creating compelling narratives at crucial points along the historical timeline that bring to life for the reader the place and the events that make it matter.

Some years ago, I read Rutherford's "London" in the hope that it would enhance my enjoyment of a then planned visit to the gre
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Sarah
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
30 CDs. I think this is the longest audiobook I've ever listened to! I was trying to remember how long the Harry Potters were, but I think this one wins.

And, ohhhh, it was good. I love me a good epic, and Rutherfurd always delivers. This looooong adult novel covers the history of New York from the natives on Manhattan island to the fall of the World Trade Center. Several families are followed along the way, and the intertwining of them all makes the epic fascinating to follow. This kind of book
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Regina
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic; thoroughly enjoyed this book and made me want to go out and get his other ones. I love history and have had a fascination with New York since I was a little girl. The author weaves the stories of his fictional characters against the backdrop of all the major events in New York's past so easily, it's almost impossible to tell you're getting a history lesson at the same time. I will definitely be exploring Edward Rutherfurd's other books.
Laura
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delightful read.
Alison
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dad gave me this book for Christmas and I am very glad he did because I'm not sure I would have picked it up on my own but I really enjoyed it. The story traces the lives of members of the Master family and a few other families who become connected to them beginning in the mid-17th century and continuing through to the present.

I literally couldn't put this book down, I was totally immersed in it and carried it with me everywhere I went for weeks just so I could read it whenever I had a minute
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Kari Kaz
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: susp-mys-drama
An epic historical novel that begins in 1664 and ends with the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001. The story focuses mainly on the Master family and spans generations. Throughout the years, the Master family members are linked in different ways to other ethnic groups, so a lot of side stories develop. All of the stories take place in New York, so the city becomes a central focal point with a life of its own.
We learn about the early Dutch settlements, the local Indian villages, the War o
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Interested in New York City History and Historical Fiction
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Suzanne Dobbins
My first Rutherfurd work was Sarum, his novel telling the story of the history of England by focusing on five lineages down the centuries in the area around Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral. The style wasn’t anything special, even clunky at times, and with almost 9,000 years of history to cover, few characters ever felt fleshed out. It was a novel more broad than deep; it was historical fiction, almost more dramatized history text than stories with history as a backdrop. All of that can also b ...more
Tiffany
The thing with 'New York' is that it tries to capture New York city through many, many narratives in one book which I find is the central issue to the book. This is the kind of story that needs to be in a mini series because of the history and the amount of people who helped build New York to what it is today. I really dislike the fact, that the moment you get into one story - it suddenly jumps to a new story. The author does not give you enough time to get into each character and learn how New ...more
Bou
In 1664 in the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam, a Dutch settler with the name of Van Dyck begins a family tree that will span multiple generations, up until the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Married into the Master family, the generations will span about 350 years.

Due to good marriages and well off merchants, the Master family thrives and will - even in the stock market crashes of 1907 and 1929 - keep their fortunes.

Apart from the Master family, there are some parallel families who a
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Steven Cassidy
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always thoroughly enjoyed Rutherfurd. His Sarum was a seminal book and captured my imagination. This one is just as long and goes from New Amsterdam all the way to 9/11. The early chapters are very enjoyable and one of them shows a slaves view of early New York which was fascinating.

If I have any quibbles only that characters do tend to exit off stage. I wanted to know what happened to the flawed Margaretha De Styl, the Dutch merchants character who did the dirty on the elderly slave - bu
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Dkovlak
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. It is a historic fiction book. Usually, I read non-fiction books. However, this was the first historic fiction book that I’ve read.

In the beginning, I found it difficult to determine what was fiction and what was history.

However, as I progressed in the book, I began to appreciate the history in each chapter.

The author does a good job of having descendants appear in each of historic events. The book covers events that took place in New York City from 1664 through 2009.

I
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Francis Edward Wintle, best known under his pen name Edward Rutherfurd, was born in the cathedral city of Salisbury. Educated locally, and at the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, California, he worked in political research, bookselling and publishing. After numerous attempts to write books and plays, he finally abandoned his career in the book trade in 1983, and returned to his childhood h ...more
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