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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Book review: All the Time in the World, by E.L. Doctorow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn't care very much for City of God when I read it around 18 months ago. However, I may have to give it another chance, because Heist, the short story on which it's based, is absolutely brilliant. Perhaps this is just more evidence for my belief that some stories simply work best in the short form. All the stories in this collection are very good, and Doctorow's settings are completely immersive. It's been a while since I visited New York, but within a paragraph or two of his stories, the memories came back in full force. He does justice to his setting in every story, whether it's an old farmhouse in a remote Illinois location or a run-down school building. The stories span a variety of styles, and Doctorow shifts gears with no apparent effort, keeping the reader enthralled as he spans distances and centuries. This book is definitely going on my "favorites" list.

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