World's Fair

World's Fair

Book - 1985 | First edition
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Winner of the National Book Award &; &;Marvelous . . . You get lost in World&;s Fair as if it were an exotic adventure. You devour it with the avidity usually provoked by a suspense thriller.&;&;The New York Times

Hailed by critics from coast to coast and by readers of all ages, this resonant novel is one of E.L. Doctorow&;s greatest works of fiction. It is 1939, and even as the rumbles of progress are being felt worldwide, New York City clings to remnants of the past, with horse-drawn wagons, street peddlers, and hurdy-gurdy men still toiling in its streets. For nine-year-old Edgar Altschuler, life is stoopball and radio serials, idolizing Joe DiMaggio, and enduring the conflicts between his realist mother and his dreamer of a father. The forthcoming Word&;s Fair beckons, an amazing vision of American automation, inventiveness, and prosperity&;and Edgar Altschuler responds.

A marvelous work from a master storyteller, World&;s Fair is a book about a boy who must surrender his innocence to come of age, and a generation that must survive great hardship to reach its future.

Praise for World&;s Fair

&;Something close to magic.&;&;Los Angeles Times

&;World&;s Fair is better than a time capsule; it&;s an actual slice of a long-ago world, and we emerge from it as dazed as those visitors standing on the corner of the future.&;&;Anne Tyler

&;Doctorow has managed to regain the awed perspective of a child in this novel of rare warmth and intimacy. . . . Stony indeed in the heart that cannot be moved by this book.&;&;People

&;Fascinating . . . exquisitely rendered details of a lost way of life.&;&;Newsweek

&;Wonderful reading.&;&;USA Today

Baker & Taylor
A nostalgic novel evokes a world where fiction and reality meet within the 1930s Bronx childhood of Edgar, growing up through the intensity of the Depression and the dazzling hope of the 1939 New York World's Fair. Reader's Guide included. Winner of the National Book Award. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1985
New York : Random House, [1985]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1985
ISBN: 9780812978209
Branch Call Number: Fiction DOCTOROW E
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 24 cm


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RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

World’s Fair is a marvelous and heartwarming novel of a young boy’s coming of age. Taking place before the Second World War in Doctorow’s hometown of New York City, the book relives a quest for memory through the recollections of the young protagonist, simply referred to as Edgar. The novel captures the time period in all its momentousness and brings loveliness and compassion to the occurrences of everyday life. The story's energy and lyricism generate a magical feeling around the valuable lessons that shape Edgar's moral standing and broaden his perspective of the world. Perhaps Doctorow’s most personally revealing novel, World’s Fair is resonant and rewarding in all its beauty and tenderness. Its rich literary quality and luminously realized characters will keep readers enchanted.


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