My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I had never read any of Doctorow’s work before, so I wondered what the fuss was all about. Now I know. He is quite the skillful wordsmith. There were word usages, however that I could not find even in my Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, such as refering to one’s offspring as one’s “get,” but perhaps this is regional Canadian slang.
I’m not sure why, but this story, which began for me as mere entertainment, actually brought a small tear to my eye by its end. Perhaps it was the transformation of a situation fraught with tremendous evil to one of compassion and peace — but that would never affect any normal, sane person, right?