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Aged 12, I was on to Rommel, cowboy tales and then some

By Harveena Herr

This column started out with me thinking about the one novel that took my breath away — Ragtime — and about the particular skill of the author to intertwine slices of history with fiction. The author, EL Doctorow, was described by some, as someone who put the ‘story’ into history. I have no idea how I chanced upon his book but I found it difficult to put down. Ragtime is a form of music that predates jazz and its liberal introduction of new themes serves to surprise, and so it is with the book. You go careening through themes and meet characters like Harry Houdini, Henry Ford and JP Morgan. Light plays a role in the book, as does Scott Joplin who was a master of ragtime. Continue reading Aged 12, I was on to Rommel, cowboy tales and then some