Book Reviews of Billy Bathgate

Billy Bathgate
Billy Bathgate
Author: E. L. Doctorow
ISBN-13: 9780061000072
ISBN-10: 0061000078
Publication Date: 10/1991
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm)
Book Type: Paperback
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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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What an entertaining look at humanity, charimsa, fear, power and NYC's mysterious history.
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"THE KIND OF BOOK YOU FIND YOURSELF FINISHING AT THREE IN THE MORNING after promising at midnight that you'll stop after one more page. (Billy Bathgate) is Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer with more poetry, Holden Caulfield with more zest and spirit...a wonderful new edition to the ranks of American boy heroes."--Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review

"HUGELY ENTERTAINING...It's been a long dry time since we had a novel as fine as this."--Newsweek

"The next best thing to finding a suitcase full of unmarked bills. You won't want to give it up."

"Better even than RAGTIME...."--San Diego Tribune

"ENTHRALLING."--Los Angeles Times
"SEDUCTIVE."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"EXHILARATING."--The Houston Post
"SPELLBINDING."--The Boston Herald
"A MASTERWORK."--The Nation
"BRILLIANT."--The Seattle Times
"HAUNTING."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

In the poverty-stricken Bronx, under the dark cloud of the Depression, gangster Dutch Schultz spies a young boy juggling in the street and gives him a ten-spot. From that moment on, brash Billy Bathgate flies under Schultz's crook wing...(back cover)
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Boy growing up in Bronx during Depression deals with crime.
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I didn't read this book.