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Ragtime! - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
June 3rd, 2003
03:45 pm


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I've begun reading E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime yesterday. I've read some forty pages so far. It is fantastic! Excellent, refreshing prose. I recommend it unreservedly, based on these forty pages alone.

When I find time, I shall related a nice story explaining how Ragtime made my to-read list about five years ago.

Current Mood: okay
Current Music: Led Zeppelin -- Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You

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Date:June 3rd, 2003 10:12 am (UTC)

A reservation, and an all-time favorite line...

First the line, not precisely but vividly recalled from the film treatment:

Brother asks the black guy if he can sightread [piano music]; he smiles and replies, "I sightread so fast [? or well], white folks think I'm faking in!"

In my book, director Milos Forman can pretty much do no wrong. But Doctorow? I've always found his premises and treatments pretentious.

I'm glad to hear you're enjoying your read, but I must cast a dissenting counter-recommendation. Maybe it's my American upbringing and education, but there's something about Doctorow's approach that gives me the proverbial hairball.
Date:June 3rd, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed that book.
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Date:June 3rd, 2003 03:40 pm (UTC)


cinematheque... :)
[I already ordered one; ask them to add it to mine, so we can sit together.]
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