Search Results: "E.L. Doctorow"


BOOK REVIEW

DOCTOROW by E.L. Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"This book leaves us to wonder about both the authority of the project and also its intention—whether or to what extent, in other words, the author's legacy is being served."
Doctorow wrote some powerful short stories, but it's not clear why they need to be collected again. Read full book review >

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ANDREW'S BRAIN by E.L. Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Brilliant in parts but unsatisfying as a whole."
Andrew is brainier than most since he's a cognitive scientist preoccupied with the biopsychological question of how brain becomes mind—and over the course of the novel, readers discover that the workings of his mind have become increasingly problematic. Read full book review >

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CREATIONISTS by E.L. Doctorow
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2006

"A first-rate collection from a first-rate writer."
An eclectic and engaging selection of recent pieces, mostly about other writers, from the award-winning novelist (The March, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD by E.L. Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2011

"A warm-up volume for the 'collected stories' that will eventually, inevitably follow."
An eclectic selection of shorter fiction from a veteran author more renowned for his novels. Read full book review >

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THE WATERWORKS by E.L. Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1994

"A master plies his trade."
Doctorow (Billy Bathgate, 1989, etc.) does his customary outstanding job in creating a specific voice, era, and place. Read full book review >

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BILLY BATHGATE by E.L. Doctorow
Released: Feb. 22, 1988

"What could have been merely another round of nostalgia-drenched mobster romancing earns a claim, by end, to a genuine depth, and, formed by the magical skill of Doctorow's incomparable past-painting hands, the book simply pulls and pulls and pulls."
As in World's Fair, Doctorow returns once again to his impeccably rendered 1930's. but this time in order to chronicle, with a detail and color and immediacy that make celluloid seem almost clumsy and unnecessary, the decline and fall of the legendary New York gangster Dutch Schultz. Read full book review >

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RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow
Released: July 14, 1975

"For this is a beautifully realized complex of social epiphanies, all watched over by the spirit of Scott Joplin, and as a midsummer selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, bound to make an impact."
Ragtime is a great billiard game of events, ideas and personages at the turn of the century, where the real protagonist is America herself captured in the last gasps of complacency and social Darwinism—waging territorial wars abroad for God, Country and Mammon, breaking strikes and throwing charity balls at home while WW I hovers in the wings. Read full book review >

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SWEET LAND STORIES by E.L. Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2004

"Fascinating work from a contemporary master."
A riveting collection of five tightly plotted long stories on a favorite Doctorow theme: the tension between American institutions and the criminal elements that undermine them. Read full book review >

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CITY OF GOD by E.L. Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2000

"But, like the novel it most resembles (Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five), what it actually dramatizes is its own (failed but fascinating) attempt to organize its own teeming content into fictional form."
An intensely conceived study of the varieties of contemporary religious experience that teases the mind intriguingly while never quite fully becoming the fiction it aspires to be. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Fourteen fugitive pieces by a major novelist deserve some attention, if only to illuminate his far superior fiction."
A miscellaneous collection of nonfiction that will do little to enhance Doctorow's reputation as a writer. Read full book review >

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WORLD'S FAIR by E.L. Doctorow
Released: Nov. 22, 1985

"Heavy with literary indebtedness, the book nevertheless, by its consistency of both passion and craft, achieves the radiance and sinuosity of a masterpiece."
Doctorow continues his long romance with the past in this microcosmic story of a sensitive boy's early life (up to the fifth grade) in the Bronx of the 1930's. Read full book review >

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HOMER & LANGLEY by E.L. Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Usually a master at incorporating history into rich fiction, Doctorow offers few insights here and a narrator/hero who is never more than a cipher."
Brothers live together in a decaying New York City mansion as history marches on in the latest from Doctorow (The March, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >