The book of Daniel: a novel

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Vintage Books, Sep 1, 1991 - Fiction - 303 pages
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A masterpiece of social tragedy, The Book of Daniel tells of two American communists executed for treason in the 1950s, and of their son, who tries to understand their fate--and in his own way, avenge it--during the radical renaissance of the 1960s. "A nearly perfect work of art".--Joyce Carol Oates, Detroit News.

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The plot seemed so original and fresh and...tragic. - Goodreads
The writing's great, though, at times, hard to read. - Goodreads
Many layers of plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Barbara - Goodreads

A terrific novel about leftist American politics in the middle of the twentieth century: the Communist Party, the rise of atomic warfare and the cold war, and Vietnam. It is also a skillfully drawn portrait of a Jewish-American family starting with the immigrant grandmother. Read full review

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User Review  - Mayyah - Goodreads

There were parts that were golden, passages that made me hurt from how much truth rang from it, but then there would be highly unnecessary awfulness. Daniel's an awful person, we get it, it just comes across as the author enjoying sick and twisted fantasy perversion. Read full review

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About the author (1991)

E.L. Doctorow is the author of several award-winning novels, including RAGTIME, WORLD'S FAIR, which won the National Book Award; BILLY BATHGATE, and, most recently, CITY OF GOD. In 1998 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal.