|Relates the interrelated early twentieth-century lives of the families of a New Rochelle manufacturer, an immigrant socialist, and a Harlem musician and their involvements with Evelyn Nesbit, Henry Ford, Houdini, Morgan, Dreiser, Freud, Zapata, and otherperiod notables.
"...a brilliant and graceful, a finely wrought and historically provocative, a funny and bizarre story about America at the beginning of the century...Doctorow turns history into myth and myth into history. Along the way he revitalizes the novel as a mythmaking device..."
Washington Post Book World - Raymond Sokolov (07/13/1996)
"...'Ragtime' is a model of a novel: compact because it is perfectly controlled, spare, because a loose end would have detracted from the shape it has, completely absorbing because once in, there is no possible way out except through the last page."
New Republic - Doris Grumbach (07/05/1975)
"'Ragtime' succeeds entirely...[It] incorporates the fictions and realities of the era of ragtime while it rags our fictions about it. It is an anti-nostalgic 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 Book Review - George Stade (07/06/1975)
"'Ragtime' is a unique and beautiful work of art about American destiny, built of fact and logical fantasy, governed by music heard and sensed, responsive to cinema both as method and historical datum, shaken by a continental pulse....Its central excellence is its central vision, the idea of the book, which is generative without being obsessive, original without being clever."
Saturday Review - Stanley Kauffmann (07/26/1975)
"'Ragtime' is as exhilarating as a deep breath of pure oxygen....At times, the swift, short sentences suggest the pristine flicker of silent films; at others, the sharp angles and sardonic deployment of detail in 'Citizen Kane'....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."
1974. Hardcover. 270 pp. FIRST EDITION. Book is in like new condition Dust jacket is in fair condition with chipping and tears. Don't forget to add Hodge Podge USA to your favorites list. Our inventory is constantly changing. We sell quality new, used, antiquarian, vintage, and collectible books and accessories. Buy from the bookstore with the best prices and the greatest values.