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Ragtime

Aside from all your stimulus ranting, Mr. Seavey, how was the book? OK, the book was great! More fun than a barrel of monkeys, and also deadly serious. You hear about the America of the turn of the 20th century, from 1900 to about 1914, as seen through the eyes of three disparate fictional families.

Think that period was boring? Think again! You have hilarious yet insightful descriptions of people like J. Pierpoint Morgan, fabulously rich, Harry Houdini, fabulously unbelievable escape artist, Henry Ford, totally bigoted inventor of assembly line, and John McGraw, legendary wild-assed manager of the New York Giants baseball team.

The hero and central character of the book is a gifted piano player of ragtime, and a real Mr. Cool until he experiences real injustice, by the name of Coalhouse Walker, Jr. The story of his adventures becomes a page turner toward the latter part of the book. His involvement with the no-named central family of the book, namely, Father, Mother, Mother’s younger brother, Grandfather, and Little Boy, is something you don’t want to miss!

It’s a quick read, 270 pages of short punchy sentences and chapters, a classic novel, and judged one of the ten best books of the decade (which decade?) by that bourgeois magazine which I don’t subscribe to, TIME. But seriously, you’ll love the book.

Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow, available at your local libraries and on Amazon for about $13.50 including postage. It’s a great read!

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