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BACK BAY 498 Hardcover – Dec 12 1988


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  • Hardcover: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (Dec 12 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517536021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517536025
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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I know that many parts of this book are fiction but I like the premise and the connections to American history. I love Boston and New England so This is a fun read! I have read tow other books in this series and am only missing Cape Cod at the moment.
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a family saga told in parallel histories of the early 19th and the mid to late 20th centuries, spanning six generations. historic boston makes for a prominent backdrop for an elaborately plotted metropolitan treasure hunt doomed by a fatal curse. contrivances aside, an entertaining, nearly folkloric tale.
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I read this gripping saga when it was first published some 20 years ago. Since then, I've recommended it to friends and to newcomers to Boston. Recently, I bought a copy at a local library sale and began to re-read it. I am as caught up in it now as I was all those years ago when I first read it. Martin's "Back Bay" does withstand the test of time. The story is cleverly told by the use of flashback. The reader learns the secret and the mystery of the Pratt family early in the book but must wait for the revelation and solution along with the characters who live in the 20th century. The story is a marvelous blend of fact and fiction and is a must read for anyone who loves Boston, history, and mystery. I would also recommend, as a companion book, Walter Muir Whitehill's topographical history of Boston.
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William Martin is definitely a master storyteller. If you add the historical events, it makes this book a sure winner. I live in Boston and I loved this book, I could not put it down. His Cape Cod book is another win. You learn history without having to memorize dates!
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William Martin takes his place as the premier historical novelist of our generation. He capably wears the mantle passed down from Michener as story telling historian. He makes us want to learn history. His stories are living entities not a collection of memorized dates. Back Bay carries on the tradition of Cape Cod in both educating and entertaining the reader. This is an art he has refined in Annnapolis and Citizen Washington. While I loved Michener, I often found his introduction a bit laborious. Martin immediately immerses the reader in the story and pulls you along with such compelling force that one rarely knows when to one can take a break. Having live in Boston, I learned more intwo days of reading than in the 3 years of living. From South Boston to the Commons and Beacon Hill, this story brings one of America's first cities alive. The city is the main character.
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unfolds through the clever use of past history with present day characters. It's a mystery based on missing treasure, originaly stolen from The White House just before the British burned it in 1814. It remains hidden and the facts from the past intertwine with modern characters. It has greed, power, lust, murder, and mystery all in one excitingnovel. Martin's scenes of old Boston are a wonder. I can't say more about the plot without ruining it foryou, but I will say this book deserves more than the 5 stars they will allow me
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