- May 9, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The novel is a combination of fiction and memory in Doctorow’s life as a child growing up in the Bronx in the 1930s. The World’s Fair is a metaphor for the optimistic vision of the future, “The World of Tomorrow”, that is at odds with the chaos around him.
Doctorow’s narrative focuses on the sights, sounds and smells of the neighborhood. There is no concern for the hardships as a result of the Depression, his family’s economic problems, and his parents’ marital issues. It is seen through the lens of a boy whose perceptions differ from those of the adults in his family.