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Loon Lake: A Novel von E.L. Doctorow
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Loon Lake: A Novel (Original 1980; 2007. Auflage)

von E.L. Doctorow

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It is the Great Depression of the 1930s, and a passionate young man from Paterson, New Jersey, leaves home to find his fortune. What he finds, on a cold and lonely night in the Adirondack Mountains, is a vision of life so different from his own that it changes his destiny, leading him from the side of a railroad track to a magical place called Loon Lake. From the Paperback edition.… (mehr)
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Titel:Loon Lake: A Novel
Autoren:E.L. Doctorow
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2007), Paperback, 272 pages
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> Un livre qui nous fait découvrir des qualités littéraires et l'intérêt du personnage de Joe, mais une lecture malaisée et complexe où les innovations littéraires ont plus affaibli qu'amélioré le roman. Seule la maîtrise de Doctorow lui permet d'éviter le fiasco dans cette expérimentation. --Danieljean (Babelio)

> Citations et Extraits (Babelio) : https://www.babelio.com/livres/Doctorow-Le-Plongeon-lumme/834844#citations ( )
  Joop-le-philosophe | Feb 20, 2021 |
Loon Lake is one of Doctorow's more experimental novels. Set largely during the Depression years of the 1930s, it is the narrative of Joe, a young man from Patterson, New Jersey who drifts across the east coast of the USA. Following a private railroad into the Adirondacks, Joe arrives at the titular Loon Lake, a private estate owned by business magnate F.W. Bennett and home to the eccentric poet Warren Penfield.

The novel's idiosyncratic style is its strong point. Certain chapters are presented through interior monologue (or "stream of consciousness") that recalls the great modernist works of the early twentieth century and other chapters are framed through the poetry of Penfield, drawing attention to the way in which places and periods of history become mythologized. That said, the novel is uneven in places, particularly the slightly unconvincing third act, which takes the action away from the eponymous Lake and feels a little tacked on. Despite this, the novel is generally an entertaining and stimulating read, with Doctorow tackling familiar themes within his ouevre (the excesses of capitalism, the organisation of labour, masculinity and violence) in an innovative fashion. ( )
  shemthepenman | Dec 19, 2020 |
Doctorow makes you think. This is not a quick read, you have to read digest and contemplate. Words and paragraphs are disruptive. The pace is uneven from what you expect in a novel to hitting a stone wall of change characters abruptly change and evolve. Is this all good or is it bad. That is for the reader to decide. The ratings of this novel are all over the board and, being a fan of Doctorow, it is what I would expect. I have found that his writings, especially the experimental ones like this, are not the easiest read but when you take the time and commit to the to the story and the writing they can be very rewarding. So often what can be perceived as a disruption is creating a deeper feeling of the uncertainty relevant to the story at that moment. Other times we are being taken within a particular character to depth many other writers will not take us nor in a manner that is expected. It feels like there are times Doctorow strives to develop characters we must know intimately if the story is to work. While I did enjoy the journey I was taken on do not believe this is his best work. Possibly if I read this first, without knowing him and his style, I might not have become a fan. For anyone who wants to explore very creative writing or truly enjoys a novel that forces you to think, to digest and understand the meaning of every paragraph, every sentence, every word and puts great importance in character development they should definitely give this novel a chance. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
Another of the boys own adventure style novels. This one didn't grab me like [Billy Bathgate]. ( )
  brakketh | Apr 13, 2020 |
I love Doctorow, but this really wasn't what I expected. Whenever I thought I knew what was going on, I didn't really, and some of the scenes are hideously graphic, but at times it was the best, most inspired thing I'd ever read.

Reader Beware: I created a long-needed "weird" bookshelf after reading this one. ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
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It is the Great Depression of the 1930s, and a passionate young man from Paterson, New Jersey, leaves home to find his fortune. What he finds, on a cold and lonely night in the Adirondack Mountains, is a vision of life so different from his own that it changes his destiny, leading him from the side of a railroad track to a magical place called Loon Lake. From the Paperback edition.

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