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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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  • Barry
  • Peach Orchard, MO United States
  • 02-15-18

Ulysses-like

Very difficult going for the first half, but the payoff is worthwhile. Arguably more graphic than needed.

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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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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.