Paradise Alley: A Novel

by Kevin Baker | History | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 006095521x Global Overview for this book
Registered by galleycat of San Clemente, California USA on 8/15/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by galleycat from San Clemente, California USA on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Kevin Baker's follow-up to Dreamland makes full use of his skills as a top historical researcher.

Paradise Alley concerns a tumultuous moment in the record of the Civil War: the 1863 New York riots that followed President Lincoln's decision to create a draft. Baker refers to the street violence as one of the worst instances of civic unrest in American history.

Yet one can't tell a compelling story with simple pronouncements. Baker gives us a handful of characters--fictional, yet emblematic--who lead readers through the dense weave of class, race, ambition, gender politics, and violence in mid-19th-century America. More importantly, Baker has that rare gift of establishing crucial links between the past and the present, of helping a reader understand that we live with the consequences of history.

A hugely ambitious project, Baker wrestles with his responsibility to the overall vision as well as to many, many outstanding moments, and for the most part he gets the balance right. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Journal Entry 2 by Secretariat at Vista, California USA on Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I know very little about this incident which killed so many poor in New York during the civil war. This book looks like an entertaining way to be educated.

Journal Entry 3 by Secretariat at Village Kitchen & Pie Shop in Carlsbad, California USA on Saturday, May 30, 2020

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