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New York: The Novel | [Edward Rutherfurd]

New York: The Novel

New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.
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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling master of historical fiction weaves a grand, sweeping drama of New York from the city's founding to the present day.

Rutherfurd celebrates America's greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga that showcases his extraordinary ability to combine impeccable historical research and storytelling flair. As in his earlier, best-selling novels, he illuminates cultural, social, and political upheavals through the lives of a remarkably diverse set of families.

As he recounts the intertwining fates of characters rich and poor, black and white, native born and immigrant, Rutherfurd brings to life the momentous events that shaped New York and America: the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the trials of World War II, the near-demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the '90s, and the attacks on the World Trade Center. Sprinkled throughout are captivating cameo appearances by historical figures ranging from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Babe Ruth.

New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

©2009 Edward Rutherford; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Like James Michener and Leon Uris, Rutherfurd does a magnificent job of packaging a crackling good yarn within a digestible overview of complex historical circumstances and events." (Booklist)

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    kimberly Santa Clarita, CA, United States 08-10-14
    kimberly Santa Clarita, CA, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very enjoyable book that kept my interest."
    What made the experience of listening to New York the most enjoyable?

    The interconnected storyline kept my interest throughout the reading and made it easier to remember characters in each time period. However the length and details of the individual lives made it hard to remember all of the interesting historical details.


    Any additional comments?

    Because I haven't been to New York City a map would have been appreciated but of course, being an Audiobook, this wouldn't have helped.

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    Bee United States 07-30-14
    Bee United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2015

    Just a book fool.

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    "I'm in love"

    I fell in love with New York all over again... over and over again.

    YES.

    What a beautifully written history of one of the most fascinating cities in the world. I learned so much I didn't know about a place I have loved for so long. This is my first Edward Rutherfurd book and I cant wait to read/listen to e v e r y single o n e.

    He brings to life.

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    Florence 07-19-14
    Florence 07-19-14 Member Since 2012

    British radio producer; storyteller, folk historian and book addict. I rely on audio books to help me fit in extra reading.

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    "Rutherfurd is Amazing....but this isn't his best."

    I love Rutherfurd's work. I've read most of his books, and love them all; including this.
    This isn't his best (I shall say why in a moment); but Rutherfurd good is better than most people brilliant!
    As in all of his books, Rutherfurd has taken a place, and some characters and allowed us to follow them over the centuries. Unlike many of his others, not a lot of centuries.
    The descriptions of New York were fascinating, leading me to download maps, search for other books on New York, and get to know the city better.

    Where Rutherfurd lost points was in losing some of the people. People I became fascinated with, disappeared , or didn't show up for many a decade. I would have been completely fascinated had the Native American line been pursued. We had a great story about an Italian family that became a footnote.
    An African American line, that I wish hadn't been killed off so soon; a Jewish family, that arrived too late, and stayed too little.

    The Master family, although interesting, were too rich and privileged for me to be really enthralled . I liked them...but not their story as much as I liked the others.

    I'm being hard on Rutherfurd. This is still a compelling read.
    The reading was good .Sometimes the accents were a bit much ...but this is a common problem. The performance was good. The book was good. All in all I didn't regret a moment of the listen.

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    Kevin Tieskoetter Santa Cruz, CA USA 10-08-13
    Kevin Tieskoetter Santa Cruz, CA USA 10-08-13
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    "Could the city get any more dull?"
    What disappointed you about New York?

    The author spends so little time with each of the characters, and develops them so little, that it's hard to care what happens to them. All of the characters he spends any time with are extremely well-off, and they experience no real hardship. At the end, I felt like the story was about Old Money and how great it is to be rich, yet how mind-bogglingly petty and boring it is as well.


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    JORGENSEN 07-24-13
    JORGENSEN 07-24-13 Member Since 2011

    I love listening to a good book read by a great narrator while driving or doing mundane tasks like housekeeping. Characters come alive!

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    "Great Narration, Good Book"

    Having been born and raised in New York City, the story intrigued me. Mark Bramhall does an excellent job, making the characters come alive. The novel spans generations, with a thread of love and family through more than three centuries. I enjoyed hearing about the history of the great city. Why not make this required reading in high schools throughout America?

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    Rich Houston, TX, United States 06-08-13
    Rich Houston, TX, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You will be glad that you treated yourself to this"
    Would you listen to New York again? Why?

    History at It's very best


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me enjoy the book from start to finish


    Any additional comments?

    Just read it!

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    MV 05-17-13
    MV 05-17-13
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    "Fall in Love with New York"

    Edward Rutherfurd's New York follows the lives of New York families from the days of the Dutch through post-9/11 Manhattan to give the readers a unique perspective on the history and people of the greatest city on earth. The city itself comes alive as perhaps the most important character of all in the book, and what could be slow and boring is instead fast paced and exciting. ER makes the intelligent choice to not dwell too much on any one event or period, but instead drops in at key moments and fills in the gaps quickly if necessary. Mark Bramhall's narration was excellent as well. I was somewhat skeptical going in but this is the best (serious) book I have read in months. At 38 hours or so it is definitely worth a credit.

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    Jan Valley Springs, CA, United States 04-09-13
    Jan Valley Springs, CA, United States 04-09-13
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    "Overall OK"
    What did you like best about New York? What did you like least?

    The overall story was good. However, if I wanted to put myself to sleep, I would listen to this book-- something about the narration.


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    Alexander 12-24-12
    Alexander 12-24-12
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    "Follows the Rutherford formula"

    If you like the Rutherford formula of following multiple families from one geographic area over a few hundred years, then this will satisfy you. He doesn't let his characters get in the way of the interesting history, which makes for a straightforward, but soulless, narrative.

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    Richard Fremont, CA, United States 09-07-12
    Richard Fremont, CA, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Falls back on stereotypes - I'd forget this one"
    What disappointed you about New York?

    I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get past the horribly stereotyped characters: evil stepmother, loyal black slave. Yuck.


    Has New York turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I enjoy historical fiction but I must say this is the 2nd book by Rutherfurd I've tried and couldn't finish. I can't undertand his appeal. I will skip his other books and look for another history or historical fiction about New York.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was great. Too bad he had such poor material to work with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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