[bksvol-discuss] Re: Currently scanning

Hi, if you had to compare James Michener's books to those of Edward
Rutherfurd, which author do you prefer or are they equal in your estimation?
Regards, Kim Friedman. 

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Hi all,

I am currently scanning the new one by Edward Rutherfurd, "New York: The
Novel." As is usual for his books, this one has approximately a squillion
pages, so it may be a couple weeks before it is submitted! If anyone is
interested in proofing it just let me know.

From the book jacket:
Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America's greatest city in a rich, engrossing
saga that showcases his extraordinary ability to combine impeccable
historical research and Storytelling flair. Rutherfurd tells this tale as no
other author could- from the empty grandeur of the New World to the
skyscrapers of the City That Never Sleeps, from the intimate detail of lives
long forgotten to those lived today at breakneck speed-four centuries
brought to brilliant life in a rich and vibrant fictional tapestry.

The novel begins with a tiny Indian fishing village on the forested island
of Manna hata, as Dutch traders arrive from across the ocean, seeking to
carve out their fortunes amid the splendor of the wilderness. In a global
war for imperial dominance, British settlers and merchants arrived as
conquerors, bringing aristocratic governors and then unpopular taxation,
which led to rebellion, war, and the birth of the United States. From the
very beginning New York has been central to the great events of American
history.

Rutherfurd tells this irresistible Story through the interwoven tales of
families rich and poor, black and white, native-born and immigrant-a cast of
fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall, fall and rise with
the city's fortunes. From this intimate perspective we see 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 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Greed and corruption have always been the companions of hopes and dreams in
New York's teeming streets. Deals were struck, politicians corrupted, men
bought or assassinated, heiresses wooed. Fortunes were amassed on Wall
Street and men became rich beyond the dreams of avarice. The heady seesaw of
wealth and poverty was seen in the Roaring Twenties and the Great Crash, the
city's future symbolised by its buildings that literally soared toward the
sky: the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Twin Towers.

Deborah


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