By E. L. Doctorow
With tremendous and audacious strokes, E. L. Doctorow creates a panoramic university of stories, occasions, visions, and provocative notion, all based on an concept of the trendy fact of God. on the center of this stylistically bold journey de strength is a detective tale a few pass that vanishes from a rundown Episcopal church in reduce new york simply to reappear at the roof of an higher West part synagogue. Intrigued by means of the mystery—and by way of the maverick rector and the younger rabbi investigating the unusual act of desecration—is a widely known novelist, whose capacious mind is a digital repository for the tips and failures of the age.
Daringly poised on the junction of the sacred and the profane, choked with the points of interest and sounds of recent York, and encompassing a wide solid of vividly drawn characters together with theologians, scientists, Holocaust survivors, and conflict veterans, urban of God is a huge paintings of religious mirrored image, philosophy, and historical past via America’s preeminent novelist and chronicler of our time.
Praise for urban of God
“A grander viewpoint at the universe . . . a singular that units its attractions on God.”—The Wall road magazine
“Dazzling . . . the real miracle of urban of God is the way in which its disparate components fuse right into a continuously enchanting and suspenseful whole.”—Time
“Blooms with humor, and a humanity that incorporates positive as clever a unique as one could desire to discover those days.”—Los Angeles Times
“Radiates [with] panoramic ambition and religious incandescence.”—Chicago Tribune
“One of the best American novels of the prior fifty years . . . examining urban of God restores one’s religion in literature.”—The Houston Chronicle
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City of God by E. L. Doctorow