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"A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed." Emile M. Cioran,
This review is from: The Gods of Gotham (Hardcover)
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Not many novels have probed my feelings and left me raw as that of "The Gods of Gotham."
It's 1845 and we are taken to the poverty stricken Sixth Ward of New York City.
The potato famine in Ireland brings thousands of emigrants to New York. Soon, embers begin to simmer between the Democrats who want the Irish vote and the Whigs who are often people who don't get their hands dirty. They live to see their fortunes grow. They increase tariffs and would like to deport the Irish to Canada.
As evidence of the firey surrounding, a major fire burns down a large part of Manhattan.
Timothy Wilde was a bartender until this fire wiped out the bar where he worked. With few alternatives, he joins the newly formed police department. He's given a copper star and assigned as a patrolman in the Sixth Ward.
There are horrors all around him with people living in squalor. He sees more and more people starve to death each day.
He finds a young girl, not more than ten years-old. She's covered with blood and tells him that there are Irish children who work at a brothel and a man in a black cloak comes there and cuts up children.
The girl admits to following the man and knows where he buried the children. Tim informs his superior and is assigned to finding the graves and the person responsible.
This is a literary novel that details some gruesome scenes but as a historical novel, it seems to paint a more accurate picture of the life at the times.
It would be hard for the reader to find better character development as that seen in Tim, his brother, Valentine and Mercy Underhill. Together, they symbolize what New York was at the start of the novel, and what it was becoming by the end of the story.
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Initial post: Mar 17, 2012 8:44:18 AM PDT
Very good review, Mike. This book is likely to be added to the mountain of books I have waiting to be read.
Posted on Mar 17, 2012 2:13:50 PM PDT
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georgia girl says:
Great review Mike.
This sounds like a book to read for sure.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2012 7:44:00 AM PDT
Hi Georgia Girl,
Thanks for your comments. Needless to say, I enjoyed the book very much and I'm glad I could convey my feelings about it.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2012 5:27:49 PM PDT
Hi My Friend,
I think you'll be glad you did, when you read this book.
Posted on Mar 18, 2012 6:17:53 PM PDT
Blake J. Stine says:
Hi Mike, Great informative review. Looks like a very interesting book and a MUST read. Blake
Posted on Mar 19, 2012 9:58:20 AM PDT
Man of La Book says:
Wonderful review Mike. I have seen this book "around" and didn't know if I should pick it up or not.
Posted on Mar 19, 2012 12:10:03 PM PDT
Karen Appleby says:
As always a superstar review.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 1:13:57 PM PDT
Thanks, Karen. Hope things are going well with you.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 1:14:51 PM PDT
I can't think of anyone who wouldn't be pleased with this story.
Posted on Mar 21, 2012 7:53:41 AM PDT
Easy Reader says:
Michael, thank you so much for this review. I now have this on my TRL. It's an era I love reading about. I really enjoyed your review.