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Welcome to Hard Times: A Novel
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Author: Doctorow, E.L.

Brand: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Reprint

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Number Of Pages: 224

Release Date: 11-09-2007

Details: Product Description Here is E. L. Doctorow’s debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics. Hard Times is the name of a town in the barren hills of the Dakota Territory. To this town there comes one day one of the reckless sociopaths who wander the West to kill and rape and pillage. By the time he is through and has ridden off, Hard Times is a smoking ruin. The de facto mayor, Blue, takes in two survivors of the carnage–a boy, Jimmy, and a prostitute, Molly, who has suffered unspeakably–and makes them his provisional family. Blue begins to rebuild Hard Times, welcoming new settlers, while Molly waits with vengeance in her heart for the return of the outlaw. Praise for Welcome to Hard Times “A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil.” —The Washington Post “We are caught up with these people as real human beings.” —Chicago Sun-Times “Dramatic and exciting.” — The New York Times “Terse and powerful.” — Newsweek “A taut, bloodthirsty read.” —The Times Literary Supplement “A superb piece of fiction.” —The New Republic Review “A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil.” —The Washington Post “We are caught up with these people as real human beings.” —Chicago Sun-Times “Dramatic and exciting.” — The New York Times “Terse and powerful.” — Newsweek “A taut, bloodthirsty read.” —The Times Literary Supplement “A superb piece of fiction.” —The New Republic About the Author E. L. Doctorow’s works of fiction include Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, Billy Bathgate, The Waterworks, City of God, The March, Homer & Langley, and Andrew’s Brain. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle awards, two PEN/Faulkner awards, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, honoring a writer’s lifetime achievement in fiction, and in 2012 he won the PEN/ Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, given to an author whose “scale of achievement over a sustained career places him in the highest rank of American literature.” In 2013 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Gold Medal for Fiction. In 2014 he was honored with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. 1     The Man from Bodie drank down a half bottle of the Silver Sun’s best; that cleared the dust from his throat and then when Florence, who was a redhead, moved along the bar to him, he turned and grinned down at her. I guess Florence had never seen a man so big. Before she could say a word, he reached out and stuck his hand in the collar of her dress and ripped it down to her waist so that her breasts bounded out bare under the yellow light. We all scraped our chairs and stood up—none of us had looked at Florence that way before, for all she was. The saloon was full because we watched the man coming for a long time before he pulled in, but there was no sound now.   This town was in the Dakota Territory, and on three sides—east, south, west—there is nothing but miles of flats. That’s how we could see him coming. Most times the dust on the horizon moved east to west—wagon trains nicking the edge of the flats with their wheels and leaving a long dust turd lying on the rim of the earth. If a man rode toward us he made a fan in the air that got wider and wider. To the north were hills of rock and that was where the lodes were which gave an excuse for the town, although not a good one. Really there was no excuse for it except that people naturally come together.   So by the time he walked into the Silver Sun a bunch of us were waiting to see who he was. It was foolish because in this country a man’s pride is not to pay attention, and after he did that to the girl he turned around to grin at us and we looked away or coughed or sat down. Flo meanwhil

EAN: 9780812978223

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew