EBOOK (The Waterworks)

T enjoy this book WhyThe freaking ellipsis ellipses The author s overuse of after after changed what could have been a fairly mediocre attempt at writing a 19th century mystery into something resembling sheer hell for this reader These blasted dots made it impossible to tell or care if the character s voices were different made it impossible to become involved and most importantly of all made it impossible for me To EVER So Much As Consider Reading Anything Else By EVER so much as consider reading anything else by pompous overbearing windbagBesides the ellipsis Problem There Were Other there were other of this book that rankled 1 The plot what little there was of it Sure most 19th century mysteries aren t considered all that mysterious nowadays but they were in their time In their time they were fresh new and exciting and many such as those by Anna Katharine Green can still knock the breath out of you This plot was stale old and boring even when judged against 19th century mysteries When you consider that it s a 21st century attempt to mimic a 19th century work it crosses the line from trivial to pathetic2 The characters Doctorow s characters bring new meaning to the phrase two dimensional characters This roup of cliches had to be the most poorly written characters I have ever come across They would be forgettable if it weren t that they were so bad On top of this even without the freaking ellipsis ellipsises they all sounded alike I don t mean their speech was similar I mean they all sounded EXACTLY alike You can pick two passages of dialog at random and unless the dialog relates to something specific to the character there is absolutely no way you can tell who is speaking Trust me I tried this When you add back in the freaking ellipsis the sameness of the characters becomes almost comic3 Pacing The pacing is beyond slow it s tedious By the time the author stretched out what little plot there was to make a novel you wind up having to wade through pages and pages of padding to find a bit of plot And then what plot you do find isn t worth the trouble4 Writing style If the author has a writing style it s buried very deep under all the ellipsis Buried so deep that I for one have neither the time nor the inclination to bother digging it outIn short the plot is crap the characters are crap the pacing is crap and the writing is crap If you like crap you ll love this If not then don t bother unless you can find the version of the book that all the big time critics seem to have read and rave about This other version must exist since there is no way they could have been reviewing the load of crap I waded throughSo you won t think I m exaggerating about the ellipsis here s an example copied straight from the bookHis eyes were sharp and clear black behind the incongruous pincenez sic affixed to the bridge of his nose but his head was shaved he was beardless and in this freezing catacomb his legs were bare so that I was put in mind of some Running from Strangers garden creature something hairless and all eyes Slow moving and boring It didn t uite fit the crimeenre nor the mystery enre It certainly was not a thriller It was of a New York in 1872 has rown to a population of almost a million A freelance journalist oes missing after telling his editor that he just seen his own father who died the year before though he had no sort of relationship with him a man who had earned his fortune running slave boats al. Por el misterio ue la historia de Martin supone y por el hecho de ue el mismo Martin acabe desapareciendo Nueva York su agua corriente; el as ue llega a sus farolas; sus trenes y telégrafos; sus imprentas ue escupen miles de periódicos Todo ello la convierte en una ciudad moderna y dinámica sin concesiones Sin embargo lo ue McIlvaine descubre tras el misterio Pemberton se oculta en el reino de las sombras de lo antiguo de los impulsos primarios y de las transgresiones paganas. The WaterworksS and they were thrown in seemingly at random Not only that but every character seemed eually to be afflicted with ellipsosis What seemed at first to be an interesting and effective means of emphasis uickly became profoundly distracting So for three dots I Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects give three stars Had there been fewer of the former I d veiven of the latter Evocative post Civil War New York with lotsa juicy images is the setting for this slightly hallucinogenic tale of familial treachery and reed The story is told by an aged journalist who is only peripherally related to the main characters The hypocrisy of religion the limited morality of science and the constant reminder that everything has a price especially in The Ring s NYCLife under Boss Tweed dramatic poverty and hoards of neglected children street rats scurrying around the powerful rising extraordinarily wealthy class not seen in the new world before or since till now is the palpable setting A conspicuously self satisfied class of new wealth and weak intellect was all a litter in a setting of mass misery But even their wealth couldn t prevent the frustration inherent in the wee brief transient oh so mortal nature of our lives There s otta Be A Way To a way to a fix for thatright Underrated and under read By all means listen to the abridged unfortunately audiobook version by the reat actor Sam Waterston History mystery ethics musings about eternity the meaning of life and New York trivia to boot What could you want A moody elegant thriller beautifully paced A retired New York City newspaper editor writing after the turn of the century recounts the tale of what happened when his talented freelance writer Martin Pemberton went missing in the 1871 This was before the city had rown much above present day 72nd Street Martin believes and others agree that he may be losing his mind He has twice recently seen his father dead these last two years being driven through town in a sepulchrally white omnibus Martin is editornarrator McIlvaine s best writer and when he disappears McIlvaine oes looking for him New York is not depicted at its best It is in fact a horribly corrupt and violent town For background see Luc Sante s Low Life Lures and Snares of Old New York and Herbert Asbury s The Gangs of New York US Congressman and later NY State senator Boss Tweed runs a patronage mill called the Ring and virtually every municipal office is up for sale Except for the Christian charities there are no organized social services to speak of Child Labor Is Rife Streetwalkers Fight Over Turf is rife Streetwalkers fight over turf men are a public nuisance not reigned in by the unscrupulous police department The Lower East Side is known for its flourishing opium dens Everyone in short is on the take In the midst of this mayhem the city evinces a vibrant commercial sector which is hardly sueaky clean itself Martin s late father Augustus was perhaps its major figure After Martin vanishes we learn that after Augustus died his vast fortune disappeared too Hmm And not only that but the old man s widow is now living in penury with her son dependent on the kindness of relatives That s the tease I won t reveal Needless to say this is a beach or inflight That s the tease I won t reveal Needless to say this is a beach or inflight of a very high order and perfect source material for Martin Scorsese I managed to finish this book but just barely Will I read another by this author I don t think so Did I enjoy this book No I did no. Tidos de negro Entre ellos reconoce a su padre el mismo ue ha muerto recientemente y a cuyo entierro Martin ha asistido Se desvía de su camino para seguir este extraño carruaje metiéndose de lleno en una ciudad fantasmal ue se opone a Nueva York como si fuera el negativo de una fotografía panorámica con luces y sombras al contrario de como deberían serEl señor McIlvaine el editor del periódico y cronista de las múltiples capas ue componen la ciudad se encuentra atrapado. Book Circle Reads 21Rating 35 of FIVETHE DESCRIPTION AN ELEGANT PAGE Book Description elegant page of nineteenth century detective fiction The Washington Post Book WorldOne rainy morning in 1871 in lower Manhattan Martin Pemberton a freelance writer sees in a passing stagecoach several elderly men one of whom he recognizes as his supposedly dead and buried father While trying to unravel the mystery Pemberton disappears sending McIlvaine his employer the editor of an evening paper in pursuit of the truth behind his freelancer s fate Layer by layer McIlvaine reveals a modern metropolis surging with primordial urges and sins where the Tweed Ring operates the city for its own profit and a conspicuously self satisfied nouveau riche ignores the poverty and sualor that surrounds them In E L Doctorow s skilled hands The Waterworks becomes in the words of The New York Times a dark moral tale an elouently troubling evocation of our past My Review Mel O Drama The novel is set in 1871 and like any Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED (Orange Book) good sudser pits one lone man against a system of evildoers and manipulators Adding to the pleasures are steampunky elements like technology out of its time a villainous doctor aiming to create immortal men and double super secret hidden bases that are in plain sightWhen I read this for my book circle I was taken with the plot and somewhat flat on the wiritng Doctorow makes wonderful sentences at his best specifically thinking of Ragtime here but this book fell short of the mark for me then A uick flip through to blow fifteen years of cobwebs off my memories didn t so much refute my earlier contention as show me how very spoiled I was by the olden days craft of editing If I read a novel this well made today I d yodel from the housetops and dance mazurkas of rapture down the middle of the parkwayPeople who have read my reviews for a while might recall how UP I was over The Night Circus and how much I loved it So in that context I say this Had The Night Circus been edited as well as this far far less extraordinary book published in 1994 was I think I would simply have melted into the fabric of the cosmos from sheer blissSkills are being lost It is NOT aood thing I Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow grow sadder with every mediocre book I read that someone somewhere with the talent and ability to edit even the meh into BETTER meh isn tetting the chance the training the mentoring to do so Once upon a time I thought Doctorow was a real contender a heavyweight storyteller if not of canonical stature then at least on par with other true professionals like Fowles or Dexter Hell I uess he is actually but it was Ragtime and Billy Bathgate that put that thought in mind and Waterworks while reinforcing the fact that Doctorow s a craftsman does little to advance his reputation in my opinion It s a ood if dull story and a nice little exercise in

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ellipsis as setter but in the end it s just dull boring blah Read Ragtime though and Billy Bathgate if you like Ragtime An attempted thriller an unchallenging Norte: A Novel genre exercise somewhat distinguished by above average prose and elegant historical atmospherics Perfect material for a mid budget single season Netflix costumer This would ve been areat novel absorbing and thoughtful and a surprising sci fi twist if Doctorow had been able to control his use of ellipses elippsises You couldn t read three sentences without running into at least one triad of dot. Estamos en la Nueva York de después de la Guerra Civil estadounidense con sus calles llenas de veteranos tullidos vendedores de periódicos mendigos floristas donde los policías corruptos del intendente Tweed todo lo dominan para su propio beneficio y una clase social de nuevos ricos e intelecto débil ue está surgiendo brillante en este escenario de miseria colectiva Martin Pemberton camina por Broadway una mañana lluviosa y ve pasar de refilón un carruaje con pasajeros ves.

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