[bksvol-discuss] Currently scanning

  • From: "Deborah Murray" <blinkeeblink@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 13:19:48 -0500

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 
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.


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