The Waterworks

The Waterworks ELDoctorow, Un Nou Nume N Colec Ia Rao Contemporan , Este La Ora Actual Unul Din Romancierii De Anvergur Ai Americii, Cinic, Adesea Amuzant, Admirabil I Destul De Pu In Amabil, Inteligent, P Tima I Trist N Acela I Timp New Yorkul Aglomerat I N Refacere Dup R Zboiul Civil Este Locul De Desf Urare Al Povestirii Unui Jurnalist Care Descoper Faptul C Tat L S U, Pe Care L Crezuse Mort, Devenise, De Fapt, Pion Principal Al Unui Experiment Medical De Prelungire A Vie Ii, Condus De Un Doctor Genial, Dar Nebun Coloritul De Melodram Gotic , Tonurile De Saga Citadin I Spectacolul Trotuarului American N Tot Ce Are Tipic Fac Din Labirintul Apelor O Reu It Incontestabil

E L Doctorow s works of fiction include Homer Langley, The March, Billy Bathgate, Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, Loon Lake, World s Fair, The Waterworks, and All the Time in the World Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, The Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, and the presidentia

➳ [Reading] ➶ The Waterworks By E.L. Doctorow ➩ –
  • Paperback
  • 251 pages
  • The Waterworks
  • E.L. Doctorow
  • Romanian
  • 22 November 2019

10 thoughts on “The Waterworks

  1. says:

    This would ve been a great novel absorbing and thoughtful and a surprising sci fi twist if Doctorow had been able to control his use of ellipses elippsises You couldn t read three sentences without running into at least one triad of dots and they were thrown in seemingly at random Not only that, but every character seemed equally to be afflicted with ellipsosis What seemed at first to be an interesting and effective means of emphasis quickly became profoundly distracting So for three dots I give three stars Had there been fewer of the former, I d ve given of the latter.

  2. says:

    A moody, elegant thriller, beautifully paced A retired New York City newspaper editor writing after the turn of the century recounts the tale of what happened when his talented freelance writer, Martin Pemberton, went missing in the 1871 This was before the city had grown much above present day 72nd Street Martin believes, and others agree, that he may be losing his mind He has twice recently seen his father, dead these last two years, being driven through town in a sepulchrally white omnibus Martin is editor narrator McIlvaine s best writer and when he disappears McIlvaine goes looking for him New York is not depicted at its best It is in fact a horribly corrupt and violent town For background see Luc Sante s Low Life and Herbert Asbury s Gangs of New York U.S Congressman and later NY State senator Boss Tweed runs a patronage mill called the Ring and virtually every municipal office is up for sale Except for the Christian charities there are no organized social services to speak of Child labor is rife Streetwalkers fight over turf Con men are a public nuisance not reigned in by the unscrupulous police department The Lower East Side is known for its flourishing opium dens Everyone, in short, is on the take In the midst of this mayhem the city evinces a vibrant commercial sector, which is hardly squeaky clean itself Martin s late father, Augustus, was perhaps its major figure After Martin vanishes we learn that after Augustus died his vast fortune disappeared too Hmm And not only that, but the old man s widow is now living in penury with her son, dependent on the kindness of relatives That s the tease I won t reveal Needless to say, this is a beach or inflight read of a very high order, and perfect source material for Martin Scorsese.

  3. says:

    Book Circle Reads 21Rating 3.5 of fiveThe Book Description An elegant page turner of nineteenth century detective fiction The Washington Post Book WorldOne rainy morning in 1871 in lower Manhattan, Martin Pemberton, a freelance writer, sees in a passing stagecoach several elderly men, one of whom he recognizes as his supposedly dead and buried father While trying to unravel the mystery, Pemberton disappears, sending McIlvaine, his employer, the editor of an evening paper, in pursuit of the truth behind his freelancer s fate Layer by layer, McIlvaine reveals a modern metropolis surging with primordial urges and sins, where the Tweed Ring operates the city for its own profit and a conspicuously self satisfied nouveau riche ignores the poverty and squalor that surrounds them In E L Doctorow s skilled hands, The Waterworks becomes, in the words of The New York Times, a dark moral tale an eloquently troubling evocation of our past My Review Mel O Drama The novel is set in 1871, and like any good sudser pits one lone man against a system of evildoers and manipulators Adding to the pleasures are steampunky elements like technology out of its time, a villainous doctor aiming to create immortal men, and double super secret hidden bases that are in plain sight.When I read this for my book circle, I was taken with the plot and somewhat flat on the wiritng Doctorow makes wonderful sentences at his best, specifically thinking of Ragtime here, but this book fell short of the mark for me then A quick flip through to blow fifteen years of cobwebs off my memories didn t so much refute my earlier contention as show me how very spoiled I was by the olden days craft of editing If I read a novel this well made today, I d yodel from the housetops and dance mazurkas of rapture down the middle of the parkway.People who have read my reviews for a while might recall how UP I was over The Night Circus, and how much I loved it So in that context, I say this Had The Night Circus been edited as well as this far, far less extraordinary book published in 1994 was, I think I would simply have melted into the fabric of the cosmos from sheer bliss.Skills are being lost It is NOT a good thing I grow sadder with every mediocre book I read that someone somewhere with the talent and ability to edit even the meh into BETTER meh isn t getting the chance, the training, the mentoring, to do so.

  4. says:

    I managed to finish this book, but just barely Will I read another by this author I don t think so Did I enjoy this book No I did not enjoy this book Why The freaking ellipsis ellipses The author s overuse of after after changed what could have been a fairly mediocre attempt at writing a 19th century mystery into something resembling sheer hell for this reader These blasted dots made it impossible to tell or care if the character s voices were different, made it impossible to become involved , and most importantly of all, made it impossible for me to EVER so much as consider reading anything else by this pompous, overbearing, windbag.Besides the ellipsis problem, there were other aspects of this book that rankled 1 The plot what little there was of it Sure, most 19th century mysteries aren t considered all that mysterious nowadays, but they were in their time In their time, they were fresh, new, and exciting, and many such as those by Anna Katharine Green can still knock the breath out of you This plot was stale, old, and boring even when judged against 19th century mysteries When you consider that it s a 21st century attempt to mimic a 19th century work, it crosses the line from trivial to pathetic.2 The characters Doctorow s characters bring new meaning to the phrase two dimensional characters This group of cliches had to be the most poorly written characters I have ever come across They would be forgettable if it weren t that they were so bad On top of this, even without the freaking ellipsis ellipsises they all sounded alike I don t mean their speech was similar, I mean they all sounded EXACTLY alike You can pick two passages of dialog at random, and unless the dialog relates to something specific to the character, there is absolutely no way you can tell who is speaking Trust me, I tried this When you add back in the freaking ellipsis, the sameness of the characters becomes almost comic.3 Pacing The pacing is beyond slow, it s tedious By the time the author stretched out what little plot there was to make a novel, you wind up having to wade through pages and pages of padding to find a bit of plot And then what plot you do find, isn t worth the trouble 4 Writing style If the author has a writing style, it s buried very deep under all the ellipsis Buried so deep that I, for one, have neither the time nor the inclination to bother digging it out.In short, the plot is crap, the characters are crap, the pacing is crap, and the writing is crap If you like crap, you ll love this If not, then don t bother unless you can find the version of the book that all the big time critics seem to have read and rave about This other version must exist since there is no way they could have been reviewing the load of crap I waded through So you won t think I m exaggerating about the ellipsis, here s an example copied straight from the book His eyes were sharp and clear black behind the incongruous pincenez sic affixed to the bridge of his nose but his head was shaved, he was beardless and in this freezing catacomb his legs were bare so that I was put in mind of some garden creature something hairless and all eyes.

  5. says:

    Evocative post Civil War New York with lotsa juicy images is the setting for this slightly hallucinogenic tale of familial treachery and greed The story is told by an aged journalist who is only peripherally related to the main characters The hypocrisy of religion, the limited morality of science , and the constant reminder that everything has a price, especially in The Ring s NYC.Life under Boss Tweed dramatic poverty and hoards of neglected children street rats , scurrying around the powerful, rising, extraordinarily wealthy class not seen in the new world before or since, till now is the palpable setting A conspicuously self satisfied class of new wealth and weak intellect was all a glitter in a setting of mass misery But even their wealth couldn t prevent the frustration inherent in the wee, brief, transient, oh so mortal, nature of our lives There s gotta be a way to buy a fix for thatright

  6. says:

    Once upon a time I thought Doctorow was a real contender, a heavyweight storyteller if not of canonical stature, then at least on par with other true professionals like Fowles or Dexter Hell, I guess he is, actually, but it was Ragtime and Billy Bathgate that put that thought in mind, and Waterworks, while reinforcing the fact that Doctorow s a craftsman, does little to advance his reputation, in my opinion It s a good, if dull, story and a nice little exercise in the ellipsis as pace setter, but in the end it s just dull, boring blah Read Ragtime though, and Billy Bathgate, if you like Ragtime.

  7. says:

    Underrated and under read By all means, listen to the abridged, unfortunately audiobook version by the great actor Sam Waterston History, mystery, ethics, musings about eternity, the meaning of life, and New York trivia to boot What could you want

  8. says:

    An attempted thriller, an unchallenging genre exercise somewhat distinguished by above average prose and elegant historical atmospherics Perfect material for a mid budget single season Netflix costumer.

  9. says:

    New York in 1872 has grown to a population of almost a million A freelance journalist goes missing after telling his editor that he just seen his own father, who died the year before, though he had no sort of relationship with him, a man who had earned his fortune running slave boats along the Atlantic Coast Always there is the spectre of corruption, of bribery and extortion headed by the gangster Boss Tweed As gripping as the plot is, NY itself is very much the star of the show, a place imprisoned in thuggish corruption, where the police conspire with, rather than against, crime, a maze of alleyways crawling with the street urchins who survive on the city s garbage, darting beneath the wheels of carriages, acting as newspaper sellers, and loitering at the edge of squalid saloons It is brought wonderfully to life in his writing.

  10. says:

    Slow moving and boring It didn t quite fit the crime genre nor the mystery genre It certainly was not a thriller It was of a philosophical meandering asking questions about the advance of medicine and science versus religion, the advance of the machine age versus the pastoral, the acceptance and resignation of age versus the fire and idealism of youth It has a few bright moments as a story and I would hold hope for a some pages that the writer would continue to be bright and clear, but then he goes back to written mumbling about philosophical ideas and one very much feels the stifling, soporific underwater world that plays a large part in this story.

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