I usually devour every book by Doctorow, but I just couldn't get into this one.
What I especially love about this book is the way Doctorow mixes the diction, so that the narrator's voice is alternately crude and polished.
The whole thing felt like stream-of-consciousness meanderings by someone on drugs.
A positively captivating story by one of America's foremost contemporary authors. A great summer or vacation read.Published 14 hours ago by D. Mcguinness
It has been a long time since I read a book through so quickly. The story plot kept my interest, especially about the old time carnivals and the unions, but it was the writing... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Susan
Just an amazing book about America as it was in the great depression, and the amazing story of this boy who came from nothing and ended up working for the CIA. Read morePublished 2 months ago by bempa
Unlike most of e l doctorow's novels, this one did not grab my interest. I put it down half way through and donated it.Published 4 months ago by Joyce E Palmer
I just completed and submitted a review, but your software made it disappear--I am not inclined to write it again.Published 5 months ago by Victor W. Hurst III
I usually devour every book by Doctorow, but I just couldn't get into this one. Even the writing was stiffer and less fluid than I'd normally expect. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Estelle G.
I have read just about every book this man has produced but this one is a tad confusing. It may be that he is too sophisticated for my working man powers of comprehension. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Warren W. Wiley
I'm studying Doctorow's writing style as a developmental exercise. There's something about the rhythm of his lines that is different from most contemporary masters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lloyd Meeker
I'm having a hard time believing some of the other reviews I've read of this book. Yes, it is a challenging read, but given enough time an experienced reader falls into step with... Read morePublished 13 months ago by lovetoread