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Read this book if you like Doctorow, otherwise don't bother,
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I like E L Doctorow and have read all his novels. He is a good writer with a fine sense of time and place. Langley and Homer richly conjures up New York through many decades, as the eccentric brothers inhabit their grand home on Fifth Avenue. It's all cleverly done, but somehow lacks something vital to turn it into a great book - a lack of conviction by the author? At times this reader felt he was being treated to a demonstration of good writing rather than being immersed in the world and lives of the characters. Doctorow is a good writer, but unless he can find a truly compelling story to tell he will never be a great one.