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Loon Lake: A Novel | [E. L. Doctorow]

Loon Lake: A Novel

It is the Great Depression of the 1930s, and a passionate young man from Paterson, New Jersey, leaves home to find his fortune. What he finds, on a cold and lonely night in the Adirondack Mountains, is a vision of life so different from his own that it changes his destiny, leading him from the side of a railroad track to a magical place called Loon Lake
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Publisher's Summary

It is the Great Depression of the 1930s, and a passionate young man from Paterson, New Jersey, leaves home to find his fortune. What he finds, on a cold and lonely night in the Adirondack Mountains, is a vision of life so different from his own that it changes his destiny, leading him from the side of a railroad track to a magical place called Loon Lake.

©2010 E. L. Doctorow (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Karen 07-09-14
    Karen 07-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my cup of tea."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was lost most of the time. This has happened to me before, with this author. Some of his books I love...others, not so much. The performance was great!!


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. Doctorow again?

    I would try.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No...but he was great. Actually that was the main reason I continued listening to this book to the very end.


    Was Loon Lake worth the listening time?

    Not for me.


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    BarelyAudible Paris, TX 07-02-14
    BarelyAudible Paris, TX 07-02-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Like a test balloon for Billy Bathgate that popped"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I am a big fan of Doctrow. I've read several of his novels. Billy Bathgate is one of my favorite novels. This book, Loon Lake - which I read after Billy Bathgate, really disappointed. It could have gone is so many more interesting directions - but this fell flat.


    Would you recommend Loon Lake to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - see above


    What didn’t you like about Mark Bramhall’s performance?

    His performance did not add to the book at all - and at times diminished from the story.


    Did Loon Lake inspire you to do anything?

    Find a different book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reads like a first attempt at some of the sub plots used in Billy Bathgate.

    I wish Doctrow would have used this story to better explore the life of the circus/carnival in the Depression Era - beyond the Fat Lady subplot.

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