New York

New York Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America s greatest city in a rich engrossing saga weaving together tales of families rich and poor native born and immigrant a cast of fictional and true characters who

  • Title: New York
  • Author: Edward Rutherfurd
  • ISBN: 9780345497420
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America s greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native born and immigrant a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city s fortunes From this intimate perspective we see New York s humble beginnings as a tiny Indian fishing village, the arrivaEdward Rutherfurd celebrates America s greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native born and immigrant a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city s fortunes From this intimate perspective we see New York s humble beginnings as a tiny Indian fishing village, the arrival of Dutch and British merchants, the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the convulsions of the Civil War, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the trials of World War II, the near demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the 1990s, and the attack on the World Trade Center A stirring mix of battle, romance, family struggles, and personal triumphs, New York The Novel gloriously captures the search for freedom and opportunity at the heart of our nation s history.

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    1. Edward Rutherfurd is an exceptional historical fiction author. His attention to details, the character development, the emotion, the settings, the multi-generations bring his books to life. If historical fiction is a genre you love and you haven't read any of his books yet, it's a must. And perhaps New York is the perfect Rutherfurd novel to start with.Why?1. It's told in sequence, no jumping from the past to the present like in Paris, so it might be easier to follow for some. The novel starts w [...]

    2. I like reading somewhat trashy historical family sagas, but I was expecting a little more diversity in this book following four centuries of the history of New York and the people who lived in it. After all, New York is a hubub of multiculturalism, but this book ends up being overwhelmingly Anglocentric. The African-American family disappear halfway through the story, the Italians get a few chapters and then only a few cameos, and the Puerto Ricans just a few appearances as the 'friends' of the [...]

    3. I love this book. So much so that I wrote an article about it. The author managed to tell not only the historical story of the city but also conveys the changes in mood, attitude, and life for New Yorkers over the centuries. For example, the way the characters relate to each other during the Revolutionary War, such as the concern for the whole rather than the individual, is vastly different from how they interact at the close of the book during the summer of 2009 and as it should be. The only f [...]

    4. "People came here for freedom and, hard though the way up might be, they found it. To make it, you needed the work ethic.""No matter how hard things were, New Yorkers never gave up."This was a fascinating story that encompassed over 300 years. Starting in 1664 when present day New York City was a Dutch fort and trading post through 2009 as New Yorkers, and America, showed it's resilience following the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001. There are many stories that make up this novel. Each [...]

    5. It was only my love for Edward Rutherfurd in general that kept me slogging through this book. Sarum was the book that converted me to a Rutherfrudite; it's still one of my all-time favourites. That book was clearly more personal than New York, because Rutherfurd gave it both a strong sense of time and place that kept me riveted. His characters were part of the fabric of their time and place, and the story was memorably strong. New York, on the other hand, feels like a publisher's mandate to an a [...]

    6. It's a good book. But don't expect diversity in the story. Rutherford tailors his narrative pretty closely to the experiences of the Masters-to the detriment of the other families. Rutherford has chosen to avoid aspects of New York (Five Points/the Harlem Renaissance/the infant film industry/Broadway)that could have been mined for fascinating reading. It's the narrowness of the focus that really is the most frustrating aspect of the book. It's a good book, but it's not diverse.

    7. New York is an amazing, detailed and powerful novel, a chronicle of many people who were able to call this city home over decades of time.

    8. It’s no secret that Edward Rutherfurd is at the top of my list when it comes to favorite authors of historical fiction. I have been dying to read his latest New York since it first came out. I decided to wait, however, and put it on my book club reading list. Finally, the wait was over, and was it ever worth the wait!In New York, Rutherfurd opens the novel in the year 1664, when the city was just a settlement called New Amsterdam. Like his other novels, the author takes a family or two, and ca [...]

    9. I really enjoyed most of this book. It's for anyone who likes novels that provide great history along with fiction this novel traces the history of New York my problem is that he dropped the storyline for the African-American family story line without much ceremony as if African American families didn't have a role in modern New York.

    10. Like Rutherfurd’s other novels, New York: A Novel is a massive book. It would require dedication and time to read – also patience – for the story begins in the 17 century, during the Dutch colonization, to the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001. That’s 3 ½ centuries of history. Still, in spite of its length, the story didn’t linger very long in some eras. The author highlighted the most historic and momentous events: the coming of the British, the war of independence, [...]

    11. DE-Rezension untenAnother Rutherfurd novel I really enjoyed! Of course, it's not sophisticated literature, but Rutherfurd's concept is ideal for history nerds like myself, I love looking all kinds of things up and studying maps while reading enjoyable fiction.Im frühen siebzehnten Jahrhundert gründen niederländische Siedler an der Südspitze der amerikanischen Insel Manna-Hatta eine Siedlung, die sie „Neu-Amsterdam“ nennen. Etwa 50 Jahre später haben sich Kaufleute dort niedergelassen un [...]

    12. ‘New York is the true capital of America.’This novel begins, in 1664, with a tiny Indian village and Dutch traders. It ends in 2009 with an epilogue. In between, the journey through the generations of the fictional families Mr Rutherfurd has created traverses many of the major events in the history of both New York and America. From New Amsterdam as a Dutch trading settlement, through the period of British colonisation, and the War of Independence, the creation of the American nation, and th [...]

    13. Another thoroughly enchanting and engaging historical fiction by Edward Rutherford. A master of the "James Michener School" of long, exhaustively researched, examinations of important historical places, achieved by creating compelling narratives at crucial points along the historical timeline that bring to life for the reader the place and the events that make it matter. Some years ago, I read Rutherford's "London" in the hope that it would enhance my enjoyment of a then planned visit to the gre [...]

    14. 30 CDs. I think this is the longest audiobook I've ever listened to! I was trying to remember how long the Harry Potters were, but I think this one wins.And, ohhhh, it was good. I love me a good epic, and Rutherfurd always delivers. This looooong adult novel covers the history of New York from the natives on Manhattan island to the fall of the World Trade Center. Several families are followed along the way, and the intertwining of them all makes the epic fascinating to follow. This kind of book [...]

    15. Fantastic; thoroughly enjoyed this book and made me want to go out and get his other ones. I love history and have had a fascination with New York since I was a little girl. The author weaves the stories of his fictional characters against the backdrop of all the major events in New York's past so easily, it's almost impossible to tell you're getting a history lesson at the same time. I will definitely be exploring Edward Rutherfurd's other books.

    16. Review in danish, as the book was read in danish - but wuaw! Med fare for at lyde forudindtaget - jeg har læst flere andre af hans bøger med samme 5-stjernede resultat - så er denne bog den bedste saga-historie-fiktion jeg har læst. Det siger jeg hver gang, at jeg læser Edward Rutherfurd Han er én af mine absolut favorit forfattere indenfor historisk fiktion genren, så er det på plads. Læseren bliver via familien Master ført gennem Ny Amsterdam´s historie (senere New York) med udgangs [...]

    17. My dad gave me this book for Christmas and I am very glad he did because I'm not sure I would have picked it up on my own but I really enjoyed it. The story traces the lives of members of the Master family and a few other families who become connected to them beginning in the mid-17th century and continuing through to the present.I literally couldn't put this book down, I was totally immersed in it and carried it with me everywhere I went for weeks just so I could read it whenever I had a minute [...]

    18. An epic historical novel that begins in 1664 and ends with the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001. The story focuses mainly on the Master family and spans generations. Throughout the years, the Master family members are linked in different ways to other ethnic groups, so a lot of side stories develop. All of the stories take place in New York, so the city becomes a central focal point with a life of its own. We learn about the early Dutch settlements, the local Indian villages, the War o [...]

    19. Disappointing. Recommended by a friend whose taste I trust, but I couldn't finish it. John Masters is like an Early American Forrest Gump - not too bright and lots of famous people make cameo appearances in his life Sam Adams, Ben Franklin, John Jay, etc. I stopped reading after about 250 pages and just skimmed bits to the end. I enjoyed Sarum and thought Rutherfurd was a good storyteller, but his writing seems really simplistic in New York and I was bored.

    20. I don't know how Edward Rutherfurd does the research to write these immense historical novels about different times and places. My first Rutherfurd novel was Sarum, which covered the entire history of England from the earliest Celts to the modern day. New York doesn't go back quite so far - only to the 1600s, and the beginnings of New York, but as with Sarum, it spans centuries of history by following the ups and downs of several families, who grow up in and with the city, sometimes leave and re [...]

    21. My first Rutherfurd work was Sarum, his novel telling the story of the history of England by focusing on five lineages down the centuries in the area around Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral. The style wasn’t anything special, even clunky at times, and with almost 9,000 years of history to cover, few characters ever felt fleshed out. It was a novel more broad than deep; it was historical fiction, almost more dramatized history text than stories with history as a backdrop. All of that can also [...]

    22. In 1664 in the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam, a Dutch settler with the name of Van Dyck begins a family tree that will span multiple generations, up until the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Married into the Master family, the generations will span about 350 years.Due to good marriages and well off merchants, the Master family thrives and will - even in the stock market crashes of 1907 and 1929 - keep their fortunes.Apart from the Master family, there are some parallel families who a [...]

    23. Edward Rutherfurd writes historical novels that start in the early days of a particular city or country and leaps through history by 2-3 generations at at time, weaving a tale of families that are intertwined. Each family has particular traits and trades which evolve with the history of the place. I've read all his books because I enjoy this style and was eager to read this one since it was about New York city, and Manhattan. It wasn't a hard read - none of his books are - but it was a long one, [...]

    24. The thing with 'New York' is that it tries to capture New York city through many, many narratives in one book which I find is the central issue to the book. This is the kind of story that needs to be in a mini series because of the history and the amount of people who helped build New York to what it is today. I really dislike the fact, that the moment you get into one story - it suddenly jumps to a new story. The author does not give you enough time to get into each character and learn how New [...]

    25. I have always thoroughly enjoyed Rutherfurd. His Sarum was a seminal book and captured my imagination. This one is just as long and goes from New Amsterdam all the way to 9/11. The early chapters are very enjoyable and one of them shows a slaves view of early New York which was fascinating.If I have any quibbles only that characters do tend to exit off stage. I wanted to know what happened to the flawed Margaretha De Styl, the Dutch merchants character who did the dirty on the elderly slave - bu [...]

    26. In vista della prossima partenza per la mia amata Grande Mela, ho deciso di immergermi in un mood adeguato dedicandomi alla lettura del non esile romanzo di Edward Rutherfurd."New York" non è un saggio sulla storia della città, non è una semplice sequenza di vicende lì ambientate, ma è la storia di chi quella città l'ha fondata, vissuta, vista crescere, crollare, rinascere.Non si tratta neanche di un'unica storia, se vogliamo, ma di squarci più o meno lunghi sulle vite di alcuni personagg [...]

    27. "New York" is a well researched, wonderful inter-generational saga that spans several centuries, from the mid 1600’s until 2011. It traces the generations of several families through feast and famine, prosperity and poverty, hope and despair. Many of the characters develop and reconnect seamlessly and realistically, as time goes by. The amazing history of New York is told wondrously in this novel, while adhering to the facts perfectly, albeit using a mixture of real and fictional characters. S [...]

    28. Added 4/18/10: _New York: The Novel_ (first published in 2009) UPDATE: 10/8/13When I first partially read the hard copy of this book (in 2010 or 2011), it didn't draw me in. However, I decided to try the book again. So I listened partially to the audio version of this book via our local library's digital audio books.The first part of the book tells of the early days of Manhattan when it was owned by the Dutch and also when the English took over. Quash, an African slave, is often the narrator. He [...]

    29. A showcase of New York history from 1664 to the present day, told through the stories of several New York based (mostly old money Anglo and Dutch) families. I initially found it very frustrating because the narrative would switch to a new character/generation just as something interesting seemed to happen. There isn't a plot in the traditional sense, and once I accepted the tempo, I started to enjoy it more. Don't feel bad if you completely forget character names because they come and go.Linking [...]

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