Loon Lake

Loon Lake

A Novel

Book - 2007
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The hero of this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow is Joe, a young man on the run in the depths of the Great Depression. A late-summer night finds him alone and shivering beside a railroad track in the Adirondack mountains when a private railcar passes. Brightly lit windows reveal well-dressed men at a table and, in another compartment, a beautiful girl holding up a white dress before her naked form. Joe will follow the track to the mysterious estate at Loon Lake, where he finds the girl along with a tycoon, an aviatrix, a drunken poet, and a covey of gangsters. Here Joe's fate will play out in this powerful story of ambition, aggression, and identity. Loon Lake is another stunning achievement of this acclaimed author.

"Powerful . . . [a] complex and haunting meditation on modern American history."
-The New York Times

"A genuine thriller . . . a marvelous exploration of the complexities and contradictions of the American dream . . . Not under any circumstances would we reveal the truly shattering climax."
- The Dallas Morning News

"A dazzling performance . . . [ Loon Lake ] anatomizes America with insight, passion, and inventiveness."
-The Washington Post Book World

"Hypnotic . . . tantalizes long after it has ended."

"Compelling . . . brilliantly done."
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A masterpiece."
-Chicago Sun-Times
Publisher: New York. : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007, c1992
ISBN: 9780812978216
Branch Call Number: DOCTO
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 02, 2017

I know Doctorow as a wonderful writer - but what was he thinking here? He is trying too hard to be profound - and loses his grip on the narrative. Such a shame...and a disappointment.

hermlou Apr 08, 2011

After reading Doctorow's excellent book "The March", I wanted to read more by him. As I started this book, I couldn't believe it was by the same author! It is a puzzling novel which moves forward and backward through time, sometimes in the same chapter. I couldn't tell if the character was himself or his father. One chapter is about a female, never identified except as "she". Parts have no punctuation, and poetry is thrown in here and there. I would call it experimental fiction, not interesting enough to finish.

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