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The plot has some interesting twists and fun-to-read-about characters.
The cast of characters is big and the novel's scope is vast but Kennedy engages the reader with his own fascination for history and ambitious, unscrupulous men.
That weakness aside, I couldn't wait to get back to the story to find out where it would take me, often surprised and uncomfortable but not disappointed.
I haven't read his other books. It seemed not exactly finished in some places. Like it was still an outline.Published 19 months ago by fy colorado
This is the definitive novelistic exploration of the often-denigrated (more-often ignored) urban Irish political machine. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by paquinn47
"That year an ill wind blew over the city and threatened to destroy flowerpots, family fortunes, reputations, true love, and several types of virtue. Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by R. M. Peterson
As well as Kennedy is supposed to know Albany he seems afraid to name names, surely there must be statute of limitations on that, who says you cannot refer to historical names like... Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by J. Stevens
Recently, in reviewing an early William Kennedy Albany-cycle novel, "Ironweed" I mentioned that he was my kind of writer. I will let what I stated there stand on that score here. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Alfred Johnson
Roscoe is one more masterpiece by a master ... a book hard to put down and one you'll wish doesn't end. Read morePublished on January 8, 2008 by Charlie Stella
I bought this book simply because I had read "Ironweed" and I loved it. Besides, I knew that "Ironweed" was widely considered to be William Kennedy's best novel by critics and... Read morePublished on October 15, 2005 by G. Shkodra
Essentially a "character" study of politics in Albany, New York, this fascinating novel focuses on postwar politics in 1945, flashes back to 1921, when the Democrats seized... Read morePublished on September 24, 2005 by Mary Whipple
Roscoe, is a political fixer for the Albany political machine. In this novel, we see his life in bits and pieces, bouncing from his misspent youth to the rather bizarre custody... Read morePublished on June 3, 2004 by J. Carroll