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All of the historical characters tie in with the fiction characters perfectly.
E.L Doctorow's highly readable novels combine history, imagination, character development, a sense of time and place and beautifully controlled and paced writing.
It is a very amuseing book that is hard to put down even after reading for hours.
This was a book club choice, and i did not find it that great.Published 6 hours ago by June Russell
This is my first novel by Doctorow! It is very odd but I could not put it down. It certainly covers history (some of it real and some of it fictional) of the early twentieth... Read morePublished 6 days ago by PW
I read this book as a kid and was blown away by it. Who knew you could use real people in fictional settings? Who knew you could address the reader directly? Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bartleby
Overall, this was a very interesting read. I enjoyed the historical content very much. There was no real main character, and while it was interesting getting to know the ensemble... Read morePublished 7 days ago by K_Roland
Fast read. Can't wait to discuss with other club members. Hard to believe I never read it before this A must readPublished 24 days ago by Sallie S
Great paper, beautiful edition. Great narrative, and filled with interesting allusions to history of the USA.Published 1 month ago by Emmanuel Hernandez
It took awhile into the book before I had any sense of reading and witnessing something more than a series of discreet, isolated events taking place in the lives of seemingly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tasawuf
Had to read for class, not a fan of the combination of fiction and non-fiction. Very graphic in certain parts.Published 4 months ago by Coral Freeman
_Ragtime_ is less esoteric than Doctorow's later novel, _The City of God_ and more fully integrated at the end, although in _The City of God_ Doctorow does pull together some of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J.D. Hunley