World’s Fair: A Novel By E.L. Doctorow

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By: E.L. Doctorow
Narrated by: John Rubinstein
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
Release date: 03-04-14
Publisher: Random House Audio

I finally got to “World’s Fair” in my run through E.L. Doctorow’s novels, and was not sure what to expect. We had gangsters in “Bill Bathgate,” religious themes in “City of God,” so the themes are wide open. In this book we get a look at a young Jewish boy’s life during the ’30s in New York.

The book is told through the eyes of the young boy and the sense of wonder and surprise is in full revolution. The boy, Edgar, wants to go to the 1939 World’s Fair but his family is poor and the chance of him going is pretty slim. Eventually things work in Edgar’s favor and he enjoys the different aspects offered by the world’s fair. From the food to the attractions the reader gets to enjoy the experience through Edgar. The writing is such that everything is told and with the narrator, John Rubenstein delivers the story with the same emotions and wonder as told by Doctorow.

So far this is my favorite of all the Doctorow’s works, falling second to what was in first place, “Billy Bathgate.” This story is just a lot of fun.

Publisher’s Summary

The astonishing novel of a young boy’s life in the New York City of the 1930s, a stunning recreation of the sights, sounds, aromas and emotions of a time when the streets were safe, families stuck together through thick and thin, and all the promises of a generation culminate in a single great World’s Fair…

©2014 E.L. Doctorow (P)2014 Random House Audio