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In the Bronx of the 1930s, 15-year-old Billy Bathgate hooks up with a legendary mobster, Dutch Schultz. Schultz becomes an unlikely surrogate parent to the boy, introducing him to the ways of the world and training Billy to follow in his footsteps. After Billy falls for Schulz's latest girlfriend, he begins to question the actions of the mob he was so eager to join. As he seeks to protect the young woman, he gains strength in following his own heart and makes a courageous passage from boyhood to adulthood. E.L Doctorow won the 1990 PEN/Faulkner Award for this novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
During the Depression, street kid Billy Bathgate comes to the attention of his idol, gangster Dutch Schulz. "Billy's apprenticeship to Schulz and his education at the hands of the mobster's minions is related by Doctorow with masterful skill, grace and lucidity of prose, inspired inventiveness of scene and true-voiced dialogue. . . . It is mesmerizing reading," praised PW.
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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.