Northern Gothic: A Novel Paperback – Nov 20 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a more an interesting first novel than a great work of literature. It has its moments, but for the most part it's an interesting failure. The 1860s Draft Riot scenes deliver a nice tension. Will Patten is a scary character simply because you initially identify with him. Unfortunately Patten gets lost in the ghost story and the main character - Ahmadi Jenkins - gay dancer and victim of circumstances - takes over. Ahmadi is a dull character. He has no personality. Most of the book involves nasty things happening to Ahmadi and the lack of characterization undercuts any tension.
Buy this book if you're a diehard fan. If you're merely curious, buy another Mamatas book.
in the Civil War draft riots in New York. The violence
and racism echo to modern times not just in historical
awareness, but into the life of a contemporary man who
has just moved to New York. His life falls apart as you
watch the city burn a century earlier.
The scenes in 1863 are so vivid,
believable, and pathetic that they will haunt you long
after you finish the book.
This book really took me off guard. A friend recommended it to me, and I began leisurely reading it on a Sunday afternoon...the next thing I knew it was late evening and I had finished the book! It's tightly written and keeps you turning the page...
It's a gutsy book, and has one of the most original plot lines I've read in some time...Definitely one to read...