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by Beverly Swerling

eBook City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan epub
  • ISBN: 0684871726
  • Author: Beverly Swerling
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (September 18, 2001)
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • ePUB size: 1599 kb
  • FB2 size 1647 kb
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book by Beverly Swerling. Similiar in style to Edward Rutherford's historical novels("London," "The Forest"), Beverly Swerling's book "City of Dreams" focuses on early Manhattan and more specifically, medical practices during the early colonization of Manhattan.

This book delivered and I am about to start the next in the 4 novels of this series. My cousin Carol introduced me to this author and I have a feeling that Swerling's talents as a writer will have me reaching beyond this series, too. The writing is solid, the characters developed well and have a staying power. A few images were quite vivid and frightening but I checked and some of the barbarism mentioned actually occurred.

Born in Boston, Beverly Swerling grew up in nearby Revere, Massachusetts living with her parents in the boarding house they ran. After attending . City Of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-684-87173-8. After attending college in Kansas City (MO) Swerling relocated to New York City to pursue a writing career, working at an insurance agency until established as a freelance journalist. For a time Swerling was the director of a Boston-area.

City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling is a multi-generational family saga that details the growth of New York City between the years of 1661 to 1798, spanning over 130 years

City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling is a multi-generational family saga that details the growth of New York City between the years of 1661 to 1798, spanning over 130 years. The book opens with main characters Lucas Turner and his sister Sally, who arrive in the New World when the city is still under Dutch control.

Все продавцы . City of Dreams: A Novel of Early Manhattan. In what will be the greatest city in the New World, the fortunes of these two families are inextricably entwined by blood and fire in an unforgettable American saga of pride and ambition, love and hate, and the becoming of the dream that is New York City.

City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. City of Glory: A Novel of War and Desire in Old Manhattan. City of God: A Novel of Passion and Wonder in Old New York. 1230 Avenue of the Americas. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

An epic novel of Manhattan's first century follows two families--one Dutch, the other British--from the earliest days of the settlement to the Revolutionary War. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.
Comments: (7)
As I have stated before Beverly Swerling is one of the most gifted authors around. This was one of the first books I read by her and I was totally enraptured. If you read none of her other books, please check this one out. This is a big saga of the tapestry of early American society. You will be pulled into the book and characters so much so that it will be hard to put it down. Indians, uprisings, executions, and so much more. I think that once you are captured with this writer you will find yourself compelled to read more of her works. I have them all City of Dreams, City of Glory, City of God all regarding how New York came about. Originally New Amsterdam and very Dutch to the New York we came to know. Great history with fiction thrown in. Get settled in for a great read.
I'll be honest, I usually make it a point to finish books even if I'm not into them, but I could not finish this one. I got half way through and felt like it was such a slog, so I had to stop. Don't get me wrong, I am not intimidated by long books (GRRM and Diana Gabaldon are my favorite writers!) I even really enjoyed Beverly Swerling's Shadowbook. But I could not, no matter how much I tried, get into City of Dreams.
I felt like I never really got to deeply know any of the characters, and nearly all of them were unlikable with the exception of maybe one or two. As soon as I felt like I was starting to get into a narrative or somewhat understanding a character, the time period would change and I'd have to start all over again to get myself in the proper head space. Unfortunately, this book is like driving a car that keeps stalling.
I've taken the time lately to read novels on my waiting to be read piles. This is a GEM! I love stories that span generations. This one has enough adventure, dynamic characters, and an ever-changing plot loaded with suspense. Some parts pack a punch on the gut but that was the times in the 1600s. Every span of society, from free men and women to slaves to Indians was included and obviously the issues were well-researched. Life was very tough, cruel, blessed and so much more. Some very dark characters live herein who you won't forget for a long time!
Overall, a great read!
First of all, if you have a weak stomach, I suggest not reading this book. The story's main focus is on primitive surgery, with no anesthetic & it's extremely graphic. And the fact that a lot of the procedures were taken from actual doctor's journals, makes it that much more realistic. There were times when I had to put the book down & get some fresh air & never thought I was that squeamish. I think it takes very good writing to have that kind of effect on a person. Aside from that, I learned a lot about early America & all the terrible trials they had to go through & how far we've all come. It made me feel lucky to live in modern times & realize how much better we have it now. A very, very good book!
A fun read with far too much explicit sexual content. I have faced the same criticism for far less, but in this book it was gratuitous and unnecessary. The quality of writing, description and detail is exceptional, and I applaud the author's bringing to life she's long past. Had she stopped with the seeds of the revolution sown it would have been preferable to the fast gloss of trying to include such a momentous change in global history in such a short space. Right up until that point, a fun and rewarding read and a hearty well done!
I am looking forward to pursuing the next book. I enjoyed almost every minute of the grand, meandering epic of a book. As a physician, I especially enjoyed the focus of the central family as barber surgeons, and the transition (really slowly and painfully) to the more modern construct. I didn't mind the brutality of the surgeries or medical practices within the pages. As Bones says in Star Trek IV, "What is this, the Dark Ages?" The future is bound to look on our contemporary practices as barbaric.
I found this a true page turner, and enjoyed the rapid pace, short chapters, and occasional refresher paragraph from the author.
I will forgive her the occasional name-dropping and cameos from famous persons, occasional lines that sound like the horrible utterance by Mel Gibson in "The Patriot:" "I hate taxation without representation as much as the next man."
Like similarly dramatic and broad viewed epics like "Les Miserables," this book sheds light on the painful lessons that accompany fundamental change in a people, all the frustration, elation, horror, and misery. Amazing storytelling.
This is an excellent book. The characters are well developed and the story moves along at a steady pace, although the beginning was a little slow. It's one of the better books I've read in the past few years. I appreciate the excellent proofreading, which is a rarity when purchasing a digital book from Amazon.

The story is about war, politics, slavery, discrimination, favoritism, religious zealotry, intolerance, racism, bigotry, the divide between the wealthy and the poor and a host of other human characteristics and behaviors; in other words, similar to the situation the world's population faces in the present. As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. You'll be surprised at how much the content of the book mimics the situations we now face.

The language is raw at times, but then again, isn't this normal behavior for some? The sexual content can be livid at times but isn't this also normal behavior for some? I found nothing offensive about this; it's reality, it's the way the world is and it's never going to change. I suggest, for those who are offended by the language in this book, that you restrict your reading to books found in religious book stores. Your attitudes are also covered in this book.
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