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From School Library Journal
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Doctorow is a skilled writer, even when not at his best.
This is among the great works of Doctorow - as fun to read as Ragtime, the March, World's Fair, The Book of Daniel, The March, and Billy Bathgate.
Somehow the ending of "The Waterworks" drags as the author seems to try to tie too many mysteries into neat bows.
This is one of Doctorow’s more difficult books as his attempt to write in late 19th century English tends to impede the flow of the story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by RR
Doctorow's brilliance shines in this novel. The story is dark and powerful, and his sparkling prose makes it the sort of book that's very difficult to put down. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jeremy A. Simmons
Doubtlessly other readers and reviewers have discovered long before me that there is a uniqueness to E.L. Read morePublished 17 months ago by CB in DC
To tell the truth I don't even remember much of this book. It was confusing and disjointed. But it is probably just my old guy mind. I really LIKE Mr. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Warren W. Wiley
I suppose there's a plot, but after sixty-odd pages of Doctorow's maundering prose I had no idea of what it was, and no further interest in finding out. Read morePublished 23 months ago by PersonFromPorlock
Great adventure through a unique period of New York's history—politically, technologically, and psychologically. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Alex Jones
Although it has been many years since I read E.L. Doctorow's RAGTIME, it lingers in my mind as as a vastly entertaining portrait of America at the turn of the century. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by Bryan Byrd
I purchased this for a class, and can't remember loving it or hating it. It does get kind of crazy at the end if I remember correctly though.Published on December 12, 2012 by Daren Thurman