Welcome to Hard Times by E. L. Doctorow audiobook

Welcome to Hard Times: A Novel

By E. L. Doctorow
Read by John Rubinstein

Random House Audio
6.46 Hours Unabridged
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Here is E. L. Doctorow’s debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics. Hard Times is the name of a town in the barren hills of the Dakota Territory. To this town there comes one day one of the reckless sociopaths who wander the West to kill and rape and pillage. By the time he is through and has ridden off, Hard Times is a smoking ruin. The de facto mayor, Blue, takes in two survivors of the carnage–a boy, Jimmy, and a prostitute, Molly, who has suffered unspeakably–and makes them his provisional family. Blue begins to rebuild Hard Times, welcoming new settlers, while Molly waits with vengeance in her heart for the return of the outlaw. Praise for Welcome to Hard Times “A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil.”—The Washington Post “We are caught up with these people as real human beings.”—Chicago Sun-Times “Dramatic and exciting.”The New York Times “Terse and powerful.”Newsweek “A taut, bloodthirsty read.”—The Times Literary Supplement “A superb piece of fiction.”The New Republic

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Summary

Here is E. L. Doctorow’s debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics.

Hard Times is the name of a town in the barren hills of the Dakota Territory. To this town there comes one day one of the reckless sociopaths who wander the West to kill and rape and pillage. By the time he is through and has ridden off, Hard Times is a smoking ruin. The de facto mayor, Blue, takes in two survivors of the carnage–a boy, Jimmy, and a prostitute, Molly, who has suffered unspeakably–and makes them his provisional family. Blue begins to rebuild Hard Times, welcoming new settlers, while Molly waits with vengeance in her heart for the return of the outlaw.

Praise for Welcome to Hard Times

“A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil.”—The Washington Post

“We are caught up with these people as real human beings.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Dramatic and exciting.”The New York Times

“Terse and powerful.”Newsweek

“A taut, bloodthirsty read.”—The Times Literary Supplement

“A superb piece of fiction.”The New Republic

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A taut, bloodthirsty read. The Times Literary Supplement
A superb piece of fiction. The New Republic
Terse and powerful. Newsweek
Dramatic and exciting. The New York Times
We are caught up with these people as real human beings. Chicago Sun-Times
A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil. The Washington Post

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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 : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English