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Author: E. L. Doctorow
ISBN13: 978-0394525280
Title: World's Fair
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Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (October 12, 1985)
Pages: 288

World's Fair by E. L. Doctorow

Praise for World’s Fair. A world of lif. novel of rare warmth and intimacy. Extraordinary in its crystalline detail. Doctorow captures and makes fast the magic of a time of innocence and wonders. When you finish reading E. L. Doctorow’s marvelous novel, you shake your head in disbelief and ask yourself how he has managed to do i. .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.

I believe World’s Fair is a literary reproduction by E. Doctorow of his own childhood – the novel is so compassionate and it is full of authentic feelings. I imagined houses as superior beings who talked silently to each other. Child’s imagination, child’s fantasies and I believe World’s Fair is a literary reproduction by E. The World’s Fair was written by . Doctorow and won the National Book Award in 1986. It is largely an autobiographical novel of a boy, Edgar, growing up in the Bronx in the 1930’s. His fun-loving father owns a prominent music store. His mother is the adult in the relations The World’s Fair was written by .

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of the National Book Award, Marvelous. The New York Times Hailed by critics from coast to coast and by readers of all ages.

About book: E. Doctorow’s World’s Fair chronicles Edgar Altschuler’s recollections of his first ten years of existence, the growth of his childish awareness of the difficulties of life, and the personal handicaps placed on him as he attempts to acquire self-assurance and experience happiness. Edgar is a Jewish boy growing up in New York City’s Bronx during the rise of Nazism in Germany.

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World's Fair: A Novel . E. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow was born on January 6, 1931, in the Bronx, New York. in philosophy in 1952 from Kenyon College and did graduate work at Columbia University. Army Signal Corps from 1953-1955. The Book of Daniel and Billy Bathgate were also adapted into films. He received the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters for his outstanding achievement in fiction writing. He died of complications from lung cancer on July 21, 2015 at the age of 84.

Complete summary of E. Doctorow's World's Fair. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of World's Fair. (Masterplots II: American Fiction Series). In comparison to Doctorow’s earlier novels, World’s Fair seems remarkably straightforward. It resembles a work of conventional nonfiction, and like a memoir, it is largely bound by a chronological structure. Much of the action is seen through the consciousness of a young boy, Edgar, growing up in the Bronx during the 1939-1940 World’s Fair. Given the character’s name and background, it is difficult not to conclude that Doctorow has himself and his family in mind. XC, November 10, 1985, p. 3. Newsweek. CVI, November 4, 1985, p. 69. Parks, John G. Doctorow. New York: Continuum, 1991.

Hailed by critics from coast to coast and by readers of all ages, this resonant novel is one of . 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.

The narrator in World's Fair has the same first name as Doctorow, Edgar. His father, mother and brother are, like Doctorow's, respectively called Dave, Rose and Donald. When Edgar tells us about his family dog being run over or the magic of the music shop were Dave works, the recollections are so clear and powerfully felt that it seems impossible that these things did not happen to the author himself. But Doctorow also adds a smattering of chapters in the voices of Rose, Dave, Donald and his aunt Frances. These are addressed to the narrator himself, in the manner an elderly relative.

"Something close to magic." The Los Angeles TimesThe astonishing novel of a young boy's life in the New York City of the 1930s, a stunning recreation of the sights, sounds, aromas and emotions of a time when the streets were safe, families stuck together through thick and thin, and all the promises of a generation culminate in a single great World's Fair . . .From the Paperback edition.
Reviews: 7
It's hard for a story told through the eyes of a child to work. Often, there's that jarring feeling that the narrator knows something that a child would not, or falls into the trap of keeping things to such a simple level that it's not interesting enough. But this was a masterful handling of the child narrator. Edgar, born around 1930 in the Bronx, is smart and sensitive but still a genuine child. He shares his observations on things the belong squarely in the world of youngsters and things that get into their world, whether they should or not, and mystify and often frighten kids. His observations are, at times, heart-breaking in their ability to recall the mind set of an urban child. Although I was born a quarter century later and in Brooklyn, not the Bronx, there was much in common with his experience. And it adds up to a window into NYC and the children of immigrants making their way at a scary and dangerous time in US history. Toward the end of the book, the wonderful promise of the sights presented at the World's Fair on the one hand--which seems, as Edgar observes, to either showcase small models of big things, or big models of small things--contrasts with the threat of Hitler and war and the future of a brother in the service. I enjoyed the occasional chapters from the POV of other characters, especially since they were addressed to Edgar, as if he were reminiscing and sharing his thoughts with these important people from his life. Beautifully written. A book I'm sorry had end.
"World's Fair" is a novel that sort of creeps up on you. It has no discernable plot; it is merely snippets of moments in a young Jewish boy's life in New York City in the 1930s. It is a very detailed work; E.L. Doctorow creates the sense of place vividly. You are there when he describes something.
The book is told from the perspective of Edgar Altschuler, a young man looking back on details of his youth. Of the text's 31 chapters all are from his point of view with the exception of four from his mother's (Rose), two from his brother (Donald), and one from his aunt (Frances). I only mention this because when Doctorow shifts the perspective, albeit briefly, it increases the scope of the text and makes the story that much richer. When these seven chapters are interspersed in the book they are written as if the character whose point of view we are getting is telling their perspective to the adult Edgar, who is our guide in this tale. The interspersion creates a nice contrast in the text, and is a good technique as employed here.
"World's Fair" is a beautifully written book, but it is also fair to say that at times it is overwritten. However, when the writing is as good as this is you mostly don't care about that. Doctorow does an amazing job of capturing how a child sees and interprets things. You really live inside the mind of a young boy. You will recognize Edgar's way of thinking from your own childhood. It is an astounding feat, and a real testament to the greatness of this book.
A highlight of the novel is chapters 28 & 29, which feature Edgar going to the 1939 World's Fair, and it is magical. The writing soars at this point and the reader will find they are as enthralled as this nine year old boy is at the wonders that he beholds. It is edge of your seat reading, and you will not put the book down in the middle of these two chapters, I assure you!
One of the critical blurbs on the cover of the novel perfectly captures this text, so I will end my review with it. "Doctorow has managed to regain the awed perspective of a child in this novel of rare warmth and intimacy..." All I can say to that is amen!
Comparing the setting to the Wikipedia entry for Doctorow, I believe this charming story of a sweet Bronx childhood is clearly, largely autobiographical. He describes tenderly his loving relationships with a much older brother, his ADD father, and his adaptable mother. There are vivid descriptions of Depression-era reality, but including the thoughtful, pre-boom layout of his New York borough and the way you could get practically everywhere easily on public transit.
What an enjoyable step back in time! World's Fair brings us back to a world of innocence as told by nine year old Edgar Altshuler. I bought this book because I wanted to read about the 1939 World's Fair but it turned out to be so much more than just that. From page one, I was transported into a wondrous world of nostalgia: "Two hot dogs with mustard and sauerkraut and a bottle of Pepsi Cola cost fifteen cents at the delicatessen on 174th Street." This book is filled with these references and I love every one of them!

Edger Altshuler is a young jewish boy growing up in the Bronx, NY during the time of the depression. World's Fair is his story.

E. L. Doctorow, you did a great job of bringing to life the 1939 World's Fair and all it's glory! I'm going to give you four stars!

Fun Fact: "E. L. Doctorow was born in the Bronx, New York City, the son of Rose (Levine) and David Richard Doctorow, second-generation Americans of Russian Jewish descent who named him after Edgar Allan Poe."
Wow. A novel where Doctorow weaves several character's lives together, going backwards and forward in the time of the character's lives. And the way the 1939 World's Fair becomes an important, yet background, character - sweet.