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A wonderful ride through the history of a great city,
This review is from: New York: The Novel (Hardcover)I have read and loved all of Edward Rutherfurd's books (starting with Sarum, 20 years ago). When I heard that his latest book "New York" was being released a few weeks earlier in the UK than in the USA I ordered it from Amazon.co.uk as I was so eager to read it.
"New York" is just as good as Rutherfurd's other works. The author takes us on a 350 year ride through New York's history, from the 1600s to the present day. The fictional characters are well-developed and interesting and we follow them through multiple generations alongside all of the major events in New York's history. New Amsterdam, the Dutch, the War of Independence, Tammany Hall, the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, through to the inevitable and tragic conclusion at the World Trade Center. The chapter covering the Panic of 1907 is especially fascinating, given the obvious parallels with recent events: the near-collapse of the financial system, narrowly averted with millions of Government money, and the ability of J.P. Morgan himself to bring Wall Street's top money men together and convince them to do what was needed.
With Rutherfurd's books it feels more like you're living through the history than reading a history book. There are many enjoyable storylines involving the fictional families, with the historical events as a backdrop, and several of them incorporate real characters from history. George Washington, Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Churchill's family, Boss Tweed, and many others, are all here.
At school I thought history was a boring subject. But I found it very hard to put this book down, and very much missed my daily excursions into New York when I was finished.
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2009 3:54:19 PM PST
Elizabeth Witt says:
I haven't opened the book yet, but look forward to a wonderful read.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2010 4:42:45 PM PST
Odette Feltman says:
i have just finished new york and couldn't wait to see if other readers felt the way i did about the book.--i have lived in the metropolitan area all my life and could never understand why everyone didn't feel the same way as i did about the city.--rutherford has made many of the the events of new york for the past 350 years come to life.--i loved all the characters and their relationship to the events unfolding in their lifetime. while i realize this was a book of fiction,the real problems and successes of the city were detailed in an interesting manner..---history certainly does repeat itself--i was sorry when the book ended.--
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