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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Inc
Publication date May 8, 2007
Pages 253
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780812978193
ISBN-10 0812978196
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
While looking into the disappearance of a missing freelance book reviewer, McIlvaine, a reporter, finds himself roaming around the underground world of 1890s New York City, where he discovers a strange doctor who can keep the rich alive through macabre methods. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “An elegant page-turner of nineteenth-century detective fiction.”
–The Washington Post Book World

One rainy morning in 1871 in lower Manhattan, Martin Pemberton a freelance writer, sees in a passing stagecoach several elderly men, one of whom he recognizes as his supposedly dead and buried father. While trying to unravel the mystery, Pemberton disappears, sending McIlvaine, his employer, the editor of an evening paper, in pursuit of the truth behind his freelancer’s fate. Layer by layer, McIlvaine reveals a modern metropolis surging with primordial urges and sins, where the Tweed Ring operates the city for its own profit and a conspicuously self-satisfied nouveau-riche ignores the poverty and squalor that surrounds them. In E. L. Doctorow’s skilled hands, The Waterworks becomes, in the words of The New York Times, “a dark moral tale . . . an eloquently troubling evocation of our past.”

“Startling and spellbinding . . . The waters that lave the narrative all run to the great confluence, where the deepest issues of life and death are borne along on the swift, sure vessel of [Doctorow’s] poetic imagination.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“Hypnotic . . . a dazzling romp, an extraordinary read, given strength and grace by the telling, by the poetic voice and controlled cynical lyricism of its streetwise and world-weary narrator.”
–The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A gem of a novel, intimate as chamber music . . . a thriller guaranteed to leave readers with residual chills and shudders.”
–Boston Sunday Herald

“Enthralling . . . a story of debauchery and redemption that is spellbinding from first page to last.”
–Chicago Sun-Times

“An immense, extraordinary achievement.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780394587547
 
from Random House Inc (May 1, 1994)
9780394587547 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $23.00
About: In post-Civil War New York City, a young pedestrian recognizes his supposedly dead father riding in a passing horse-drawn omnibus
Paperback
Book cover for 9780451185631 Book cover for 9780452275492 Book cover for 9780679754411 Book cover for 9780812978193
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Random House Inc (May 8, 2007)
9780812978193 | details & prices | 253 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $16.00
About: While looking into the disappearance of a missing freelance book reviewer, McIlvaine, a reporter, finds himself roaming around the underground world of 1890s New York City, where he discovers a strange doctor who can keep the rich alive through macabre methods.
Reprint edition from Plume (May 1, 1997)
9780452275492 | details & prices | 264 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $15.00
About: When a young man sees his estranged--and supposedly deceased--millionaire father passing in a horse-drawn carriage, his search for an explanation leads him through the intriguing world of nineteenth-century New York City
from Signet (May 1, 1995)
9780451185631 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $6.99
About: In post-Civil War New York City, a young pedestrian recognizes his supposedly dead father riding in a passing horse-drawn omnibus
Large print edition from Random House Inc (June 1, 1994)
9780679754411 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $22.00
About: In post-Civil War New York City, a young pedestrian recognizes his supposedly dead father riding in a passing horse-drawn omnibus
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780679433729
 
from Random House (March 1, 1994)
9780679433729 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $22.50
About: In post-Civil War New York City, a young pedestrian recognizes his supposedly dead father riding in a passing horse-drawn omnibus.
Reinforced
from Demco Media (August 30, 2004)
9780606300131 | details & prices | 264 pages | 5.50 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $24.60
About: When a young man sees his estranged--and supposedly deceased--millionaire father passing in a horse-drawn carriage, his search for an explanation leads him through the intriguing world of nineteenth-century New York City
Prebinding
from Turtleback Books (May 1, 1997); titled "Waterworks"
9781417636426 | details & prices | List price $25.00
About: When a young man sees his estranged--and supposedly deceased--millionaire father passing in a horse-drawn carriage, his search for an explanation leads him through the intriguing world of nineteenth-century New York City

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