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City of Light
City of Light
Author: Lauren Belfer
It is 1901 and Buffalo, New York, stands at the center of the nation's attention as a place of immense wealth and sophistication. The massive hydroelectric power development at nearby Niagara Falls and the grand Pan-American Exposition promise to bring the Great Lakes "city of light" even more repute. — Against this rich historical backdrop lives...  more
ISBN-13: 9780385334013
ISBN-10: 038533401X
Publication Date: 5/11/1999
Pages: 528
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: The Dial Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 7
I've always referred to Buffalo, NY as the "mistake by the lake" and it was interesting to read about the Buffalo at the turn of the 20th Century. I'm amazed at what a vibrant city it was - and how many millionaires called Buffalo home. A different picture of Buffalo has been painted for me and it's sort of sad to think how another American city has lost it former glory.

Belfer's done an excellent job with her first novel. I love the language of the book, the way she melds fictional and real people along with historical events into this story. I felt as though I was transported back to 1901 Buffalo and the Pan-American Exposition. This book is the type of mystery/historical fiction combination that I am fond of.
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Helpful Score: 3
Thsi is fabulous look at the turn of the 20th century and the start of industrialization and electricy. Buffalo at it pinnacle. This author is going places
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a well-written historical novel set in Buffalo, New York during the early 1900s and revolved around the story of the building of the Niagara Falls power station and the life of Louisa Barrett, headmistress of a prestigious girls school.
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Helpful Score: 3
I can't remember the last I read such an intriguing historical novel. It has everything; The history of Buffalo, NY circa 1900, the development of hydroelectric power at Niagara Falls, the Pan-American Exposition, political plotting, two murders, children born out of wedlock (GASP!) unrequited love, whispers of lesbianism, and a narration by an intelligent woman born too soon for her ideas. Well written, to boot! I wish there were more by this author.
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Helpful Score: 2
Excellent historic novel.I learned more about 19th century Buffalo, NY, Than I would have thought possible. And, many interesting facts about the Naiagara power project, especially to me, as an engineer.
The depth and insight into the people of that day is quite amazing. Some of the characters you wil find still occupy your mind, long after reading this book.
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