Doctorow graduated from the bronx high school of science and from kenyon college in gambier, ohio he attended graduate school in at columbia university but left without completing a doctorate. The astonishing story of billy's apprenticeship to shultz and his education at the hands of the mobster's minions is related by doctorow with masterful skill, grace and lucidity of prose, inspired. Book summary from ragtime and billy bathgate to the book of daniel, world's fair, and the march, the novels of e l doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern american fiction. Billy bathgate is the work of solid pros from the script to the scenery (very believable 1930's ny), but the piece never reaches the heights and for long periods jogs along like a marathon runner conserving energy. Edgar lawrence doctorow (january 6, 1931 - july 21, 2015) was an american novelist, editor, and professor, best known internationally for his works of historical fiction.
Written by e l doctorow, narrated by mark deakins download and keep this book for free with a 30 day trial. Young billy bathgate witnesses the atrocities of the crime world in his introduction to a brutal and unsparing life that takes him through the heart of the city and the rural underworld in. As billy learns the ways of the mob, he becomes like a son to schultz - his 'good-luck kid' - and is initiated into a world of glamour, death and danger that will consume him, in this vivid, soaring epic of crime and betrayal.
E l doctorow's novels include the march, city of god, the waterworks, welcome to hard times, the book of daniel, ragtime, loon lake, lives of the poets, world's fair, and billy bathgate his work has been published in thirty-two languages. Billy behan, a fatherless irish-jewish kid from the east bronx, is 15 when he first has the luck one day to see schultz in the flesh--and the greater luck briefly to catch the illustrious mobster's attention. About andrew's brain this brilliant new novel by an american master, the author of ragtime, the book of daniel, billy bathgate, and the march, takes us on a radical trip into the mind of a man who, more than once in his life, has been the inadvertent agent of disaster. Billy bathgate by doctorow, e l harper & row, 1990-02-01 mass market paperback good mark on first page light shelf wear spine and binding very good covers are smooth have bright color page edges have light fading bn63.
Billy bathgate, winner of the national book critics circle award for fiction in 1990, illuminated the gangster world of the 1920s and '30s, following the adventures of a 15-year-old protegé of. Young billy bathgate witnesses atrocities of the crime world in his introduction to a brutal and unsparing life that takes him through the heart of the city and the rural underworld in depression-era america. At the end of billy bathgate, we learn that billy finished high school, went on to an ivy league college, became a second lieutenant in the army and is a man of a certain renown (321) and to top it all off, he had a son with drew, who is delivered to his doorstep a year after they have stopped speaking.
Novelist el doctorow, best known for his historical fiction books set in the early 20th-century united states, died tuesday at the age of 84, his agent confirmed late tuesday his son told the. Billy bathgate in most of doctorow's work there is a tension between a naïve, childlike point of view, often fresh with perception, and an older, ironic, detached perspective sometimes this split gets expressed in terms of first-and third-person narration, as in the book of daniel. Billy bathgate is a story about a young, yet street smart irish kid from the rough and tumble streets of the bronx, ny and is discovered by the notorious mobster ducth schultz while juggling in front of one the dutchman's beer warehousesfrom there, billy finds a way to insinuate himself into the dutch schultz mob,aka the kosher nostra.
Billy bathgate is doctorows most famous piece of literature in fact, the book grasped so much attention that it was later made into a movie with an all star cast including bruce willis, dustin hoffman and nicole kidman. 1-12 of 17 results for books: billy bathgate by el doctorow billy bathgate by el doctorow cancel billy bathgate: a novel (random house reader's circle). In billy bathgate, doctorow offers an unforgettable picture of gangland new york city and of jewish mobsters dominated by the figure of dutch schultz, as doctorow takes the reader away from the humdrum everyday and into a world of rawness, danger, and excitement.