New York: The Novel


I recently came across a book I must have missed along the way, but I am thrilled I have finally found it.

New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd is a masterpiece of historical fiction. The author’s storytelling ability is impeccable. Rutherfurd takes us on a journey through New York City from Peter Stuyvesant and the Dutch to Wall Street and the attacks on the Twin Towers.

While I have always been partial to historical fiction, I can’t recall becoming so engrossed in the action as to believe at times I actually traveled back in history.

Dutch traders, the Revolutionary War, Native Americans on the island of Manna Hata, the Civil War, World Wars, the Roaring Twenties, and much more assure the reader will remain wired reading about the city that never sleeps.

This one is good!


  1. Looks very interesting. And next week it will be MY WEEK - I will spend five days in NY!!

  2. Fanático_Um: Excellent! You wouldn't be stopping by the Met, would you?

  3. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to hear more about your latest new endevour.

  4. Hi JJ .. sounds so fascinating - I must add it to my To Buy list .. I'd love to read more ..

    It always interests me as to how the world would be different if the Dutch and British hadn't swapped colonies - and you speak English rather than Dutch?! Nutmeg was very important in those days ..

    I've just bought a novel on Hereward the Wake - I know the name .. but not the background - and as I live near enough Pevensey Bay - where William the Conqueror landed - to 'boast' about it .. I felt it worthwhile buying .. the prologue is fascinating ..

    This is going onto my list - right now! Cheers Hilary

  5. Dear JJ,
    Five days in NY - five different operas at the Met!
    I am definitely an addicted to the best opera house in the world, don´t you think so?
    I am already looking forward to Friday, my departure day, though I have to face a nine hours flight! But I always feel well, safe and happy there. Definitely I love the USA and the American people.

  6. Thanks for reviewing it, JJ! I haven't heard of it before but I'm getting into historical fiction and this seems like a great book to start :) And if you're already a fan of the genre, I recommend to you "City of Thieves" by David Benioff. Funny, fascinating, and heart-breaking. I definitely recommend it. :)

  7. I will definitely get my hands on all the books suggested and pick them off one by one this summer. Last summer, I read about eighty books I had never heard of and was still looking for more. I must admit I only enjoyed about twenty of them. This summer, I will read only recommendations - if I have the time!

  8. This was one of continuing series by this author. The others I've read,, using the same method of delving into the history of each place,are Sarum (he history of Salisbury, one of England's oldest cities) and London. Both start in pre-Roman times and go the the 20th century. Clever idea with great research.

  9. I have learned a lot of history from historical novels! I just finished one about the war in Biafra, something I knew very little about.

  10. jg: Yes, I saw that in my research. I will have to make it a point to read more by this author. Thanks for stopping by.

    Galen: Read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

  11. So curious as to what it is that keeps you so busy these days...sure miss your posts and seeing you around our blog posts! Hope all is well and have a lovely weekend!

  12. Karen S: I'll send you an e-mail.


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