Book :: Ragtime

By: E. L. Doctorow
Pages: 336
Published: 1975
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
New York
Award(s): National Book Critics Circle Award (1975)
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Ragtime, the jaunty, toe-tapping music that captivated American society from the 1890s through World War I, forms the roots of America s popular musical expression. But the understanding of ragtime and its era has been clouded by a history of murky impressions, half-truths, and inventive fictions.

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I am not sure why I didn't read this when it came out (maybe I thought it was fluff?) but I read this all in one gulp--it was that enjoyable!!!!

Feb 20th, 2018

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This was my favorite book for about three years after seeing the musical adaptation of the same name. The story is amazing, very adult and honest- something I loved when I was younger and which I still appreciate to this day.

Feb 3rd, 2013

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