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Dreamland
Dreamland
Author: Kevin Baker
"If Paris is France, Coney Island, between June and September, is the world." — George C. Tilyou, entrepreneur, circa 1905 From the decks of a steamship that brings Sigmund Freud to America for a lecture tour, hundreds of European immigrants strain for a glimpse of the promised land. As they approach, they see New York, the city of their dreams...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060193096
ISBN-10: 0060193093
Publication Date: 3/1999
Pages: 519
Rating:
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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4.6 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Harpercollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 0
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reviewed Dreamland on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Another great book. With circus workers as a backdrop, you get to explore a whole time period that really wasn't that far ago. The characterization is amazing and you will remember all of the characters long after you put this book down. I really loved this book and I strongly recommend it.
CraftyTJ avatar reviewed Dreamland on + 381 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Kevin Baker's Dreamland is the kind of novel that begins with a two-page list of characters and ends with a nine-page glossary. In between, this vast, sprawling carnival of a book takes in Coney Island and the Lower East Side, midgets and gangsters, Bowery bars and opium dens, even Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. It is, in short, a novel as big, lively, and ambitious as Gotham itself, and if you can stomach some of the more garish local color, it's every bit as much fun.
bookgoddessme avatar reviewed Dreamland on + 106 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Kevin Baker tells the story of New York City at the turn of the century in a gritty, grotesque, unapologetic manner creating characters that we care about deeply that stay with us long after the book is done. Is is a love story, a life story, a death story? You see Coney Island's Dreamland, the immigrant's experiences, and the gangsters impossible lifestyles jumping from the perspective of one character to the next. Being a New Yorker born and bred it broke my heart, and held my hand while I wept. Highly Recommend...
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Helpful Score: 1
Great Historical Fiction. Story surrounds Coney Island in his hayday and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
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Helpful Score: 1
A huge, sprawling historical novel, great characters, a perfect novel to escape into.
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mercourier avatar reviewed Dreamland on
Really awesome historical fiction about Coney Island and New York at the turn of the century. Plus a good love story to boot. I was a little sad at the ending, and left wanting more. The characters make you turn the pages and the story captures your imagination. Worth a look!


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