1000 pagine di puro godimento. E la voglia irrefrenabile di tornare a New York per viverla in maniera più completa e consapevole
...I wanna be a part of it, New York, New York...
I chose this book looking for information about New York history, but in fact this novel has more to do with NY's people stories than with this city history. Nevertheless, you can learn a lot about this city but through the lives, problems, achievements and failures happened to the characters, although this is not a traditional historical novel. However I found it a bit too long, if you consider that the plot takes less than four centuries, and London, from Rutherford as well, tells about more than twenty.
It is interesting to follow the evolution of this city, from the village who traded in furs with the Indians, to the contrasts of luxury and poverty of the twentieth century. NY the city where dreams are born, and the place many people would like to visit for months (like me)
PD I'm a spanish reader talking about a book written in english. I do apologize if you find many mistakes...Continua
07-21-2011: Finished it. The last couple of pages are the best of all the book. It is obvious that the author worked very hard in those. It also helps that the 9-11 events are closer to the readers than any of the other events described in the novel. But the way he describes the last journey of the wampum belt. At that point the reader realizes that all this novel was written to tell was the story of that little piece of art, that symbolizes the love and devotion of a daughter to her father; the same sort of way on wich a city is the daughter of the human mankind. Beautiful.
07-17-2011: Still struggling with the early years of the XX century. The stories are interesting, but a little bit violent for my taste; for they include gangster killings and alcohol mafia. However, the readings continue to be fascinating.
06.24.2011: I know I have taken too long to read this book, but it is really HUGE (many many pages), and it was difficult for me in the beginning to find it interesting. Now I am way into the 19th century and I have simply LOVED the way mr. Rutherfurd describes the city and its evolution. I have always been a NY lover, and this book gives me a more intimate approach to the city.
07.02.2011: I am starting the 20th century; all the wall street craziness, all the depression and all the economic stuff. It also has some interesting happenings in Caruso's life, and it has not forgotten all the old characters that have been in there since the early 1600's. I think that I am heading towards the end, and I have loved the way the city has evolved. I feel as though I have lived there all these years. I love NY :-)...Continua