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A rare combination of literary grace and page-turner suspense.
Initially, the story is very interesteing and I had no problem becoming absorbed with the charaters, the story, and (especially) the setting.
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 8 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 16 months ago by PersonFromPorlock
Great adventure through a unique period of New York's history—politically, technologically, and psychologically. Read morePublished 19 months ago 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 21 months ago 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 21 months ago by Daren Thurman
E. L. Doctorow's novel, "The Waterworks" is the story of a family, and part of 19th century Manhattan torn apart by what is at first seen as one millionaire's greed which goes on... Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Jim Duggins, Ph.D.