- File Size: 5616 KB
- Print Length: 378 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lume Books (January 16, 2020)
- Publication Date: January 16, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07ZL5ZBCQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dreamland Kindle Edition
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I have to say though, what really sets Dreamland apart for me are the memories and feelings it conjured up in my mind. As a native Manhattanite myself, I remember very vividly my annual summer subway rides out to Coney Island (LOVED the sound the Lo-V trains made in the old IND line), an all the sights, sounds and smells associated with the trip. Even with your eyes closed, you could tell when the train stopped at the Stillwell Avenue station because the mingled smells of salt water, Nathan's, and (unfortunately) urine wafted through the doors as they opened. Coney Island was always a highlight of any city kid's summer, and as I got older I read about its past out of curiosity.
Author Bilyeau may not have intended to do so, but in writing this book she allowed me, who has long since left New York, to vividly remember what Coney Island was always about, pre and post 1911. I STILL say the Cyclone is one of the best scream coasters on the planet.
Thank you, Nancy. Dreamland was both an excellent story, and a way to revisit my all too distant- yet happy- past.
I very strongly recommend this book.
This book was definately researched well, I learned allot about the different classes of people in that time that I hadn't really thought about. The plot was kind of all over the place-and ended up a mystery murder. Was also a look into the rich (hoping not all very rich families act like this one did) and immigrants trying to make a new start.
I know not all books can have happy endings-but I didn't like how the story ended with the two main characters I actually felt really sad with the ending, was a disappointed for me and I didn't have a good feeling when I finished the story.
I am a fan of all of Nancy Bilyeau's previous books and I couldn't wait to dive into the world and characters of Dreamland. From the ominous prologue, I was hooked into the mystery of the story. When Peggy enters the scene, I knew that this young woman would be the one to figure everything out. Peggy goes against the grain, especially when it comes to her family's wishes. She is inquisitive, insightful and willing to look deeper into prejudice and bias, especially within herself. I loved the setting of 1911 New York. Through the writing, the Gilded Age came to life-from the richness of the Oriental Hotel to the atmosphere of Coney Island. There was a lot of care taken to recreate Coney Island and Dreamland, especially when it came to the people of Dreamland. Even though we only meet most of the characters of Dreamland briefly, each of is fully realized with a rich background and story. Stefan's story is teased out slowly and through him we see the plight that many immigrants went through at the time. Though Stefan is treated unfairly and accused for simply being from his homeland, he does not lose hope or place blame. The mystery is engaging and complex as Peggy begins to realize that every murder can be traced back to her. Rich with historical detail, excitement, suspense, romance and mystery, Dreamland is an engaging read in a world that I did not want to leave.
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This book and Nancy’s writing did not disappoint! I liked the touching story and partly felt like I am thrown back in time myself.
Would definitely recommend!