Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow audiobook

Ragtime

By E. L. Doctorow
Read by E. L. Doctorow

Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio, Brilliance Audio 9780812978186
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    ISBN: 9781531837204

Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War. The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.

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Summary

Summary

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

One of the Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Best Audiobook of 2016

Nominated for the 1975 Nebula Award for Best Novel

Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.

The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A unique and beautiful work of art about American destiny…Doctorow has added a grace to our history.” Saturday Review
“This excellent novel…an antinostalgic novel that incorporates our nostalgia about its subject. It is cool, hard, controlled, utterly unsentimental, an art of sharp outlines and clipped phrases. yet it implies all we could ask for in the way of texture, mood, character and despair.” New York Times (a Book of the Century selection)
“The grace and surface vivacity of Ragtime make it enormous fun to read. But beneath its peppy, bracing rhythms sound the neat, sad waltz of Gatsby and the tunes of betrayed promise. History resonates with special clarity here. Doctorow has found a fresh way to orchestrate the themes of American innocence, energy, and inchoate ambition.” Newsweek
Ragtime is a great billiard game of events, ideas, and personages at the turn of the century, where the real protagonist is America herself…The bluntly hammered-out theme that pulls it all together: the vulgarity of the wealthy and their oppression of the lower classes. Rest assured, nevertheless, that this is a very funny novel—a high achievement in irony…For this is a beautifully realized complex of social epiphanies, all watched over by the spirit of Scott Joplin.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: E. L. Doctorow

Author Bio: E. L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow (1931–2015) was known internationally for his works of historical fiction, including Ragtime, World’s Fair, and Billy Bathgate. He was honored with the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English