"[A] beautifully realized complex of social epiphanies, all watched over by the spirit of Scott Joplin." - Kirkus Reviews.
"Ragtime is as exhilarating as a deep breath of pure oxygen... At times, the swift, short sentences suggest the pristine flicker of silent film; at others, the sharp angles and sardonic deployment of detail in Citizen Kane ... The grace and surface vivacity of Ragtime make it enormous fun to read. But beneath its peppy, bracing rhythms sound the neat, sad waltz of Gatsby and the tunes of betrayed promise. History resonates with special clarity here. Doctorow has found a fresh way to orchestrate the themes of American innocence, energy, and inchoate ambition." - Newsweek.
"...(It) is in this excellent novel, whose silhouettes and rags not only make fiction out of history but also reveal the fictions out of which history is made. It incorporates the fictions and realities of the era of ragtime while it rags our fictions about it. It is an anti-nostalgic novel that incorporates our nostalgia about its subject. It is cool, hard, controlled, utterly unsentimental, an art of sharp outlines and clipped phrases. yet it implies all we could ask for in the way of texture, mood, character and despair." - Books of the Century, The New York Times, July 1975.
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Rated of 5
this book should be called RAGE-TIME. it is utterly disappointing and i have to wonder if the people who love this book were reading the same one as I? The boredom it gives off to the reader is over-powering and might as well them to slam the book down and never pick it back up again! Doctorow's going back and forth of the characters is sloppy and unprofessional. I do not recommend this book for anyone.