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Billy Bathgate
Billy Bathgate
Author: E. L. Doctorow
In 1930's New York, Billy Bathgate, a fifteen-year-old high-school dropout, has captured the attention of infamous gangster Dutch Schultz, who lures the boy into his world of racketeering. The product of an East Bronx upbringing by his half-crazy Irish Catholic mother, after his Jewish father left them long ago, Billy is captivated by the world ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780394525297
ISBN-10: 0394525299
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3.1 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 2
I couldn't put this book down. I read it the first time when it was originally published and it was just as good, or better the second time. D. L. Doctorow is a marvelous author and actually paints visual images with his long, run-on sentences. A good read about a teenage boy who becomes a part-time operative in Dutch Schultz's gang in the l930's. Loved it!!
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Fascinating portrait of a past era. A great character portrait.
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Interesting story that is similar to the movie Goodfellas in the first part. Well written.


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