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New York

The Novel
Rutherfurd, Edward (Paperback - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
New York

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A tale set against a backdrop of New York City's history from its founding through the September 11 attacks traces the experiences of characters who witness such periods as the Revolutionary War, the city's emergence as a financial giant, and the Gilded Age.
Authors: Rutherfurd, Edward
Statement of Responsibility: Edward Rutherfurd
Title: New York
the novel
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2010
Edition: Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: xiv, 862 p. : maps ; 21 cm.
Notes: Originally published: London : Century, 2009
Summary: A tale set against a backdrop of New York City's history from its founding through the September 11 attacks traces the experiences of characters who witness such periods as the Revolutionary War, the city's emergence as a financial giant, and the Gilded Age.
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) History Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
LCCN: 2011381606
ISBN: 9780345497420
Branch Call Number: FIC R
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I grew up there, albeit as far away from Manhattan as one could get. Yesterday I received a phone call (wrong number) and just a few words into the conversation I asked, "What part of New York [City is understood] are you from?" I was right.

I'll have to put this on my To Read Soonest list.

Feb 09, 2014
  • talktimereader rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly enjoyable historical novel. Touches on many of the interesting times and locations in New York City. In my opinion second only to LONDON.

Nov 09, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The long novel traces the history of New York City, primarily Manhattan, through the lives of several families over time. Unlike others of his that I've read, this doesn't include a family chart, but it does have a good map the shows multiple time periods. The time covered here is 1664 to 2009 and characters include natives, Dutch, English, slaves, freemen, Irish, Italians, and Puerto Ricans. There are Quakers, Catholics, Anglicans, other Protestants, and Jews.
In the Revolutionary War period, we have a father and son on opposite sides of the struggle, and detail on the tax and representation issues that led to the war.
In the Civil War period, we see the complex trade issues that were at play.
In the Great Depression time, we see the effect of the collapse on finances of families, both good and bad.
There are self-made men, and those who lives on the inheritances of their predecessors. We see the evolution of skyscrapers including the building of the Empire State Building and the collapse of the World Trade Center. We see the status that Brooks Brothers clothing had for the wearers and the lives of the women sewing for them. We see the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and the building of the New York Public Library and its famous Reading Room. We see the rise of hotels and the Rockefeller Center, and the evolution of Coney Island.
One family line is present from start to finish, the Masters family. Others such as the Van Dycks, the Adlers, the O'Donnells and the Kellers appear and reappear.
There are some real historical figures, with the largest coverage of these given to Lord Cornbury and his likely real habit of crossdressing.
A very interesting book and a good way to learn some history of a very interesting city.

Sep 06, 2012
  • Nyliram rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After visiting New York City in the spring, I was keen to read Edward Rutherford's novel. It did not disappoint - once I got into it, I could not put it down! The stories of the generations, from the early Dutch settlers to modern day, are woven into the fabric of the story of the city itself. Names, landmarks, key events and the generations of characters all become part of the rich tapestry. An easy and entertaining way to digest history - highly recommended.

Aug 13, 2012
  • Hockey4Ever rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent read!! This was my third attempt at reading Edward Rutherfurd's historical fiction masterpiece "New York: The Novel", but it was worth the long read.

You are taken on an incredible journey that begins when New York was founded by the Dutch all the way to present day, and let me tell you - it is worth it every step of the way.

Jun 07, 2012
  • jenzbooks rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In Rutherfurd's view, perhaps the only true individual is New York City herself and everyone who made the city who it is was only a cog in a huge machine. James Michener did the same thing. I still was interested in watching the characters interact and live their daily lives. I enjoyed the little details like how and why wampum was made and how Europeans screwed up yet one more beautiful thing the Indians had created. It was also interesting to note how many familiar place names came about and were used and misused (Bowery Boys, Wall Street, Queens). New York is the heart of America in many ways. I loved this book, but I do think it's too long!

Jan 24, 2012
  • Carmine1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is my second Edward Rutherford and I have thoroughly enjoyed them both! (Princes of Ireland was the first!) His writing flows really well and I enjoy how he relates actual people and events into the story. New York follows a few different fictional families from 1664 through 2009. A really good read!

Oct 25, 2011
  • GailRoger rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Of the four Rutherfurd novels I've read (Sarum, London, The Forest, and New York), I've really enjoyed three. New York is one of the favoured three. As usual, Rutherford introduces different families into a narrative covering several centuries, rather like a weaver at the loom. The families clash, intermarry, and work together, each generation blissfully unaware of past connections.

Ric Burn's documentary series about New York happened to be re-playing on my local educational channel at the same time I was reading this novel, so I deliberately paced my reading to coincide with each episode. The emphases are slightly different (Burns pays more attention to Alexander Hamilton than Rutherfurd does, for example), but on the whole, there seems to be an agreement about the major events in the turbulent life of the city: the American Revolution, the race riot of 1963, the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911. Burns' documentary was completed in 1999, so there's a haunting quality to the final episodes. Rutherfurd's characters, now all wealthy and well-educated, are of course fully involved in the disaster. You may want to read it to find out who survives.

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