E.L. Doctorow - Ragtime

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  • I Loved the Musical, but Will I Like the Book?

    Apr 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful character development and an intriguing plot line
    Cons: Left me wanting more at the end

    Summary: The answer is yes. Like many people, I read this book after seeing the musical. I loved the show and wanted some more information on the characters. I thought that this was a book that I was capable of handling. My last experience of reading a book ... read more

  • 1900's America ... played in Ragtime

    Oct 28, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well written, cleverly done, easily read...time well spent!
    Cons: Some unfinished stories at the end...left me wanting more.

    Summary: If it weren't for my book club, I'd have probably never read this book. Published in 1975, it's older than the books I normally select. As 'required reading', and without seeing either the movie or the musical, I somewhat reluctantly started this E. L. ... read more

  • Ragtime should be played slowly...

    Jan 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good plot! its twisted!
    Cons: at times it can be too descriptive

    Summary: Okay, to start out, this book is NOTHING like the show. I saw the show first and then read the book and although the main plots are the same, that show leaves out a lot. The book puts it in more descriptive yet still understandable terms. When I say ... read more

  • For the Discriminating Reader

    Jul 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Highest literary merit
    Cons: None

    Summary: I picked up a copy of this book at a used-book sale at the urging of a high school English teacher whose friend had written songs for the musical adaptation. The paperback edition was in sad shape, worn and torn. Now I realize that this was due to ... read more

  • History in the making............again!

    Jan 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent detail and storyline.
    Cons: Facts are sometimes repeated to unnecessarily

    Summary: Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow is a breathtaking look at the beginning of one of the most influential centuries of America. The stories inside provide an accurate look at the turning of the hands of time from one chapter of American history to another. ... read more

  • Destined to be a classic

    Dec 4, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great style, great story
    Cons: Don't let the musical replace the book!

    Summary: I admit it: I first read Ragtime in anticipation of the musical. And it was great. It was a page-turner, but I can tell you why: each thread of the interweaving subplots is written in a quick, episodic style. Doctorow is easy to read, ... read more

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