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The Resource New York : the novel, Edward Rutherfurd, (text large print)

New York : the novel, Edward Rutherfurd, (text large print)

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New York : the novel
Title
New York
Title remainder
the novel
Statement of responsibility
Edward Rutherfurd
Title variation
New York
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An intertwining characters and monumentous events that shaped New York and America, from the Revolutionary War to the attacks on the World Trade Center
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Character
Award
David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction, 2009
Review
  • Rutherfurd, best-selling author of the novel London (1997), has penned a lush, lavish tribute to the Big Apple. Sweeping in scope, this fictional biography of New York City stretches back in time to the city’s origins as an Indian fishing village coveted by Dutch settlers to the aftermath of 9/11. As he marches through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, two world wars, multiple waves of immigration, and the phoenix-like reemergence of a downtrodden New York as the vital center of the economic, social, and cultural universe at the end of the twentieth century, he interweaves the fascinating stories of a multitude of characters, all of whom were profoundly affected by the evolution of the largest and most complex American city. New York’s growing pains, its tragedies and triumphs, are reflected in the experiences of a range of ordinary and extraordinary citizens from varying backgrounds, with a wide spectrum of ambitions and expectations. Although it is hard to do justice to a city with such a throbbing pulse, Rutherfurd’s homage is compulsively readable. -- Flanagan, Margaret (Reviewed 10-15-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number 4, p21)
  • Sprawling but undercooked saga of Manhattan and environs.Perhaps the qualifying subtitle of Rutherfurd's latest cat-squasher (Rebels of Ireland, 2006, etc.) is meant to distinguish it from, say, the sidecar volume to Ric Burns' documentary or any number of histories. Sadly, in the comparison, this novel suffers. Written in formulas and clichs, it stretches to the horizon with stock characters, as with this apparition of good Peter Stuyvesant: "The governor's face was set hard as flint. Standing tall and erect on his peg leg, he had never looked more indomitable. You had to admire the man." Given such a description, one wonders why the Dutch ever lost Nieuw Amsterdam in the first place. Prose like that would do Dan Brown proud, but it gets worse. Much better is Rutherfurd's structuring of the tale to track the progress of one generation to the next, showing familial connections and revisiting themes that cross the centuries, many of them touching on the beguiling qualities of the Big Apple: "Before he'd even gone to Columbia, Charlie had shown a precocious interest in the nightlife of the great city…More than once he'd come home drunk." The narrative is as studded with characters as Edwin Burrows and Mike Wallace's magisterial history Gotham (1998); within a couple of pages, Woodrow Wilson, Nicholas Murray Butler, Henry Frick, Charles Scribner and the Kaiser make appearances. In the main, though, Rutherfurd's principals are blue-blooded and noble, if conflicted and not always ethical—which seems quite in keeping with the historical realities.A mixed bag, with effective plotting hampered by clunky writing. (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2009)
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330036
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Rutherfurd, Edward
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6068.U88
LC item number
N49 2009ab
Literary form
novels
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True
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New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the novel
Label
New York : the novel, Edward Rutherfurd, (text large print)
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text
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Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1472 pages (large print)
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large print
Isbn
9780739328453
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(lg. print)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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large print
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  • 246886394
  • (OCoLC)246886394
Label
New York : the novel, Edward Rutherfurd, (text large print)
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1472 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9780739328453
Isbn Type
(lg. print)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • 246886394
  • (OCoLC)246886394

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