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Author:  Brian
E-mail:  bjhighley56@btinternet.com
Date:  9/9/2015 4:20:36 AM
Subject:  Ragtime
Message:  I have just finished reading 'Ragtime', the novel by E L Doctorow: this is one of the best books I have ever read. It addresses some very difficult issues and for me, as a Scotsman, is a lesson about America's history, the good and the bad, and the fundamental values that ultimately deliver victory for the good people of a great nation.

I was reminded while reading it of Mickey's songs as history lessons: 'Heaven Help The Child', 'That Was The Way It Was Back Then', 'Cortelia Clark', 'American Trilogy'... the list goes on. Mickey's work is a marvellous chronicle of America.

I learned after reading 'Ragtime' that some consider it to be The Great American Novel: would any of the porchers recommend any other books as, in their opinion, great American novel?

'...the blacks have their freedom
and the reds are our friends
and we've ended a war we could not seem to win
and the folk singer's out on his ass again
my how the times they have changed...'



 Ragtime by Brian  at 9/9/2015 4:20:36 AM
 Re: Ragtime by Bill Smith  at 9/10/2015 3:01:25 AM
 Re: Ragtime by Brian at 9/11/2015 1:31:19 AM

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