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Loon Lake by E.L. Doctorow
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Jul 31, 2011

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Read in March, 2006 — I own a copy

Joseph Korzeniowski leaves his life in 1930's New Jersey and goes out to look for his own American Dream. Whilst the rest of the country suffers the deprivations of The Depression he finds wealth, lust and poetry in the country retreat of a wealthy industrialist. But violence haunts Loon Lake.

Doctorow is an exceptional writer, capable of telling a complex tale with shifting narratives, which he does here with Faulkerish obtuseness. The voice switches from the first to third person, there is poetry and stream of consciousness intermixed with more straightforward passages.
It was great to be reading the work of a masterful modernist with so many skills at his disposal, it was just a shame that the emptiness of the characters made it impossible to engage with emotionally.
I have preferred the other books I have read by him (The Waterworks and The March).

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