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Young Billy is green and fresh at the book's opening, and a seasoned young man by its end. Early in the book, you eagerly learn with Billy, through his neophyte eyes. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2002 by Quickhappy
An engaging story of young "Billy Bathgate," who is enamored with the local Bronx gangsters in the 1930's. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2002 by S. Griffin
I've only read two of Doctorow's books, this one and _The Book of Daniel_, and this novel is about as far from daniel as you can get (though both are excellent). Read morePublished on March 17 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Great reading. Great prose. Great subject. What more can a reader ask for?
This is about as romantic as the tenements of New York get.
Characters you care about, some with pathos, others with charisma. A historical time and place that is well-drawn and richly detailed. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2001
Set in 1935, "Billy Bathgate" tells the story of how its title character, a 15-year-old street kid from the Bronx, apprentices himself to one of the most formidable... Read morePublished on July 10 2001 by A.J.