Identifying the main protagonist in el doctorows worlds fair

Another problem the author comes up against -particularly in the first half of the book - is the unwavering narrowness of his recollecting protagonist's point of view.

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And that was just fine with me. Doctorow's new novel seems as peculiar a mix of brilliant vision and clumsy self-indulgence as the fair it so artfully describes. Their mother was solid and dependable, though she was losing a bit of her spark.

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The voices in which they speak, moreover, are halting and imprecise, not the tones of people conversing or telling stories as much as the awkward, faux-sophisticated voices that people affect when talking into tape recorders. The family's last name is Altschuler. Swatches of poetry are jumbled together with passages of computerese and snippets of mysteriously disembodied conversation. The march as a collective is a heterogeneous amalgam of moving and sometimes contradictory parts, but each distinctive person as a part of the whole has a clear and separate story of its own and Doctorow masterfully brings the mass to vivid life. Edgar is smart, adventurous, slightly vain, a passionate observer of the world around him, and in much of ''World's Fair'' the older Edgar describes that world in language that is both hypnotic and wonderfully precise, skillfully articulating the inarticulate passions of childhood. Will and Arly are young Confederate soldiers who, in the mayhem of the March, put on the uniforms of the Union dead to save themselves. The overall tone was more nostalgic than anything else. A Pyrrhic victory for the Union. And that is what seems to me to be wrong with ''World's Fair''; only in its last third, where it becomes most fully novelistic, does this oddly shaped book achieve a sense of purpose and offer the rich rewards readers have come to expect from Mr. The U. Too much of young Edgar's remembrances, moreover, consists of tedious description of radio and movie serial plots ''The Shadow'' and ''Zorro'' , and tired adolescent fantasy: ''I knew that if I had the power to be invisible I would go into the girls' bathroom at P.

One suspects that this quality of oral history is exactly what Mr. Doctorow suggests, is the seed of the future he will grow up to inhabit - a future that will prove to be as glamorous and unreal as the miniature World of Tomorrow at the fair, and at the same time as tragically self-deluding as the imperfect world outside the utopian enclosure at Flushing Meadow.

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Sherman was shown to be a destroyer and also a threat of more destruction. But the sci-fi also has a message: Meg learns self-sufficiency and bravery in the process. As if to compensate for sticking so closely to his child-narrator's point of view, Mr. She always smiled when she saw me. As is appropriate to such a point of view, the large events surrounding Edgar - World War II, his father's bankruptcy, the slow burn of his parents' marriage -fall to the background and the narrative focuses on the schoolyard, park and living room which form the centers of a young boy's life. Rose's narration stops abruptly a quarter of the way through the novel; Donald's is limited to two short monologues. Alfred A. Now I have something other than Radio Days to go on for a mental image of the times.

The mother of his friend Meg works at the fair wrestling with ''Oscar the Amorous Octopus. Full characters are brought forth in half a page.

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World's Fair by E.L. Doctorow