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  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    This picaresque novel about Bronx born Billy Bathgate Behan, a street urchin and errand boy for the Dutch Schulz mob, memorably evokes the tough urban streets of the early 30 s, but its principal achievement is the voice of the first person narrator, Billy Bathgate himself.Like his literary ancestor Huckleberry Finn, Billy speaks naturally, with colloquial snap and humor He describes his streets and adventures in the way that an intelligent boy of his age would see them, and he soon convin This picaresque novel about Bronx born Billy Bathgate Behan, a street urchin and errand boy for the Dutch Schulz mob, memorably evokes the tough urban streets of the early 30 s, but its principal achievement is the voice of the first person narrator, Billy Bathgate himself.Like his literary ancestor Huckleberry Finn, Billy speaks naturally, with colloquial snap and humor He describes his streets and adventures in the way that an intelligent boy of his age would see them, and he soon convinces the reader both of the believability of his character and of his reliability as a narrator Once Doctorow has successfully created this illusion, however, he manipulates the narrative voice and our perceptions of it in a remarkably ambitious way At the end of a crucial chapter, Billy s sentence structure will becomecomplicated, his metaphorssophisticated, but Doctorow s alters them so subtly, he keeps the language so completely in character, that we soon come to realize we are listening to a reflective, older Billy commenting on his childhood memories Doctorow never has to tell us this he does it all with a slight shift of style.Another virtue of the book something all good gangster novels should have is vivid, gritty scenes of sex and violence As anyone who has ever tried knows, writing about sex and violence is difficult All too easily it can slip into the clinical, the mechanical, until soon every scene sounds the same In Doctorow s hands, however, each description is unique, and carries with it a distinct thrill Whether it be two young bodies writhing in the mud of a country field, a skull kicked to pieces on a barroom floor, or feet placed in cement on a gangsters yacht, we smell the odors, we taste the sweat and the blood, we feel the mud ooze the cement harden between our toes.The only thing I didn t like about the book was the ending Doctorow wished for a conclusion of classic circularity to end on the same street and with the same sort of description with which he began He granted himself his authorial wish, but in my opinion he had to do violence to the shape of the book to make such a neat ending possible But this is only a minor irritant, and does not detract from the vividness and power of the book


  2. Fabian Fabian says:

    Only one other writer in my mind can spin out such golden tresses, long sumptuous sentences that runonandon imbue an actual soul, a literary ghost that moves on and on that s Latin America s Gabriel Garcia Marquez.Billy Bathgate is one Outstanding Fu ng Read E L Doctorow gives us another story for us lots of future readers to savor He is clearly in the good company of E Leonard M Puzo This is virtuoso storytelling like a movie, as cinematic, but better , and even the myriad Only one other writer in my mind can spin out such golden tresses, long sumptuous sentences that runonandon imbue an actual soul, a literary ghost that moves on and on that s Latin America s Gabriel Garcia Marquez.Billy Bathgate is one Outstanding Fu ng Read E L Doctorow gives us another story for us lots of future readers to savor He is clearly in the good company of E Leonard M Puzo This is virtuoso storytelling like a movie, as cinematic, but better , and even the myriad minute never mundane details of this gangsterland are always of interest Billy, a Dickensian creation smack dab in Depression Era Bronx, lives the in and outs of the harmonies of gang life 186 The novel is a Fairy Tale written for Men although women will love it too a mafia saga with heart brains Which we shall see spilled


  3. Jack Tripper Jack Tripper says:

    Updated 1 8 17 After having recently binge watched the last couple seasons of Boardwalk Empire, I was in the mood for some1920s 30s gangster action, and Billy Bathgate scratched that itch nicely It sof a coming of age story as opposed to straight up mobster violence and crime, though there s plenty of that as well Dutch Schultz, a real life bootlegger and numbers runner who controls the entire Bronx, is pretty much a maniac, and I m disappointed that he was barely mentioned in Boa Updated 1 8 17 After having recently binge watched the last couple seasons of Boardwalk Empire, I was in the mood for some1920s 30s gangster action, and Billy Bathgate scratched that itch nicely It sof a coming of age story as opposed to straight up mobster violence and crime, though there s plenty of that as well Dutch Schultz, a real life bootlegger and numbers runner who controls the entire Bronx, is pretty much a maniac, and I m disappointed that he was barely mentioned in Boardwalk He seemed like a fascinating person, and now I m interested in readingabout him, as well as his accountant, math genius Abbadabba Berman, who helped Schultz with the numbers racket.But the story here is about and narrated by fictional young Billy, who grew up poor in the Bronx until one day Schultz, a local hero to many, took notice of Billy juggling in front of one of his warehouses and called him a capable boy, which basically awed and changed Billy to the point that his entire goal in life was to be close to Dutch and his crew That was the big time The story did sag a bit in places, with a bit too much detail on young Billy s home life, but overall this was one of the best and most beautifully written pieces of historical fiction I ve read, with shocking bursts of violence that can erupt from Schultz at any moment Doctorow s a skilled wordsmith, to the point that at times I was entirely absorbed into the story, really seeing and feeling what it was like to live in the Bronx in the 30s Now I m eager to readDoctorow.4.0 Stars


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  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    189 Billy Bathgate, E.L DoctorowBilly Bathgate is a 1989 novel by author E L Doctorow that won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle award for fiction for 1990, the 1990 PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 1990 William Dean Howells Medal, and was the runner up for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the 1989 National Book Award The story is told in the first person by Billy Bathgate Behan, a fifteen year old boy who first becomes the gofer and then surrogate son of mobster Dutch Schultz A 1991 f 189 Billy Bathgate, E.L DoctorowBilly Bathgate is a 1989 novel by author E L Doctorow that won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle award for fiction for 1990, the 1990 PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 1990 William Dean Howells Medal, and was the runner up for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the 1989 National Book Award The story is told in the first person by Billy Bathgate Behan, a fifteen year old boy who first becomes the gofer and then surrogate son of mobster Dutch Schultz A 1991 film based on the novel starred Loren Dean as Billy, Dustin Hoffman as Schultz, Steven Hill as Otto Berman, Nicole Kidman as Drew, and Bruce Willis as Bo 1999 1377 1386 464 9789644310782 1396 398 9786008582250 20 1930


  6. Derek Derek says:

    The simple truth is no one writes Historical Fiction like Doctorow does Like Ragtime, like Book of Daniel, like Homer Langley, Billy Bathgate is an awesome read that not only tells an individual story, but captures an era so well you are helpless but to be drawn wholly into the romanticism of that era This is a coming of age story, but unlike most stories like that, Billy Bathgate is presented to us in one of the most moving narrative voices ever to grace that niche Billy, for all his intui The simple truth is no one writes Historical Fiction like Doctorow does Like Ragtime, like Book of Daniel, like Homer Langley, Billy Bathgate is an awesome read that not only tells an individual story, but captures an era so well you are helpless but to be drawn wholly into the romanticism of that era This is a coming of age story, but unlike most stories like that, Billy Bathgate is presented to us in one of the most moving narrative voices ever to grace that niche Billy, for all his intuition and precociousness is someone we not empathize with but romanticize with His thoughts, his actions, his motivations might be juvenile, but they draw us to his side with notions that defeat mere empathy but allow us the attraction to the gangstar and crime noir life.Despite the grim portrayals of gangstar life, and all we think we know of criminal enterprises, we can t help but root for Dutch Schultz and his ragtag crew To me, that is the mark of genius, that subtle seduction with words that makes it okay to root for the bad guy.This was an awesome book Read it for the voice, for the sparse, but well timed anecdotes, and above all for the humanity


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Billy Bathgate ❃ Billy Bathgate kindle Epub ❧ Author E.L. Doctorow – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In s New York, Billy Bathgate, a fifteen year old highschool dropout, has captured the attention of infamous gangster Dutch Schultz, who lures the boy into his world of racketeering The product of an Ins New York, Billy Bathgate, a fifteen year old highschool dropout, has captured the attention of infamous gangster Dutch Schultz, who lures the boy into his world of racketeering The product of an East Bronx upbringing by his half crazy Irish Catholic mother, after his Jewish father left them long ago, Billy is captivated by the world of money, sex, and high society the charismatic Schultz has to offer But it is also a world of extortion, brutality, and murder, where Billy finds himself involved in a dangerous affair with Schultz s girlfriendRelive this story through the title character s driving narrative, a child s thoughts and feelings filtered through the sensibilities of an adult, and the result is EL Doctorow s most convincing and appealing portrayal of a young boy s life Converging mythology and history, one of America s most admired authors has captured the romance of gangsters and criminal enterprise that continues to fascinate the American psyche today.