Coney, soaked through with atmosphere and guided by an uncommon comic touch, has the stark intensity of a Weegee photograph, the heart of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime, and the soul of an Isaac Bashevis Singer novel. Coney Island, 1939. On the eve of World War II, fifteen-year-old Harry Catzker spends his after-school hours on his bike, picking up betting slips from Coney Island carnival freaks for the local bookie and racing his imaginary sworn enemy, German Captain Ziegenbaum, whose ship menaces the coastline. As the lights of the Cyclone and Luna Park glow in the Coney Island night, Harry finds a surrogate family in the freaks and low-lifes.aWoody, dona#39;t get too big for your shortass britches. Nobody likes a smartass.a They drove on in silence through the graysmudged late afternoon and parked in front of the Flatiron Building on Fifth ... shaping a canopy of fine, blond curly hair.
|Publisher||:||The Overlook Press - 2001-10-02|