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Very entertaining, easy to follow, descriptive and hard to put down.
Doctorow's prose is lyrical, a sort of irony when you put the beautiful language Doctorow uses with the violence and moral ambiguity of the characters.
The result is an imminently readable novel that is also an important contribution to 20th century fiction.
If you like intelligent and well-written historical fiction and New York stories about organized crime during the 1930s, check out Billy Bathgate, by E. L. Doctorow. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book Club Mom
This novel is very well written and fleshes out the character of Billy Bathgate as presented in the film of the same name. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory V.
Doctorow's sometimes convoluted writing style only adds to the humanness and humor of Billy Bathgate's life and adventures. Read morePublished 1 month ago by anne
This is a truly awesome book. It is typical from the style of the author, combining a street kid, a big boss, a cute lady, the mafia and the great depression. Read morePublished 2 months ago by bempa
I felt very strongly about this book. I'd seen the film, thought it trite - a knock off of Godfather or some other early 1930's gangster story - but the book.... Read morePublished 4 months ago by BarelyAudible
Terrific story! Based on gangster life in the Twenties and Thirties. Very realistic, and very entertaining. You won't be disappointed.Published 5 months ago by rugcutter
So well written. Haven't read a book this. Rich in plot, description, characterization. In years. A true classic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy T. Bidwell
I have not yet read this book, but I anticipate that it will be as good as the author's others.Published 6 months ago by Joyce E Palmer
I was entranced from the start. Doctorow painted a picture of old New York during the gang wars. Told through the eyes of an errand boy, who grew up as I read the story. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jeanne