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This is an auction for DREAMLAND by Kevin Baker.

"Before movies came along, New Yorkers flocked to Dreamland at Coney Island, where they could find every kind of marvel and amusement: freak shows, gondola rides, miniature replicas of famous disasters, even a hotel in the shape of a circus elephant. In this remarkable novel, Baker re-creates the splendour and seediness of turn-of-the-century New York--especially the street, where immigrants, politicians, grifters, and prostitutes mingled. Baker's novel uses some historical figures as characters, such as Freud and Jung visiting on a lecture tour, but at its heart are fictional characters looking for love. Baker clearly enjoys the tale-spinning, driving the story forward at just the right pace, yet confidently pausing at times to revisit key scenes from his characters' pasts. Baker-the-storyteller, however, never forgets that his facts are only the footlights and props for showcasing the emotions at centre stage. Masterful and moving, this novel can transform a reader's relationship with our history."
- Booklist (US)

"This intricate, retro nightmare vision of turn-of-the-century New York City is reminiscent of a Fellini film, full of picaresque gangsters and sideshow performers in place of clowns and grotesques. The story is all the more interesting because good does not prevail and social progress is not assured. The effects of chaotic, unbridled change on a city and its people are the underlying theme. Recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Hardback 1999.

511 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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