RATING 5 STARSWhen downloading this book I expected a thorough history on Coney Island.What I received was much better This unique compilation of poems, short stories, memoirs, and personal accounts from years past was an easy, light hearted, and still informational read The text in itself reads like a story, because, well, it is a story told from multiple perspectives and multiple time periods Arranged in chronological order, the book has a great flow between pieces and a very poetic feel overall making the entire reader whimsical, which I found as a fabulous tribute to Coney Island Coney Island in all of its time, has been magical, whimsical, complex, historical, and full of memories of past prosperity all of which were included in the book through different authors, points of view, and separate writing styles ultimately showing the diversity of the Island Shown throughout the reader as promised by the title, and probably the most enticing part of reading this wonderful book were multiple visuals, maps, diagrams, illustrations, photographs, and other historical artwork and artifacts giving life to the varied stories and poems on the pages Overall, this was a fabulous read I was swept away into the pages and into the fantastic history of Coney Island as we know it This unique reader gave new meaning to the history of Coney Island as told by many historical authors and natives of the island Also reviewed at I received an Advanced Electronic Copy of A Coney Island Reader for free through NetGalley This review is based on an uncorrected proof, the novel is subject to change until publication I received A CONEY ISLAND READER THROUGH DIZZY GATES OF ILLUSION as an ARC through NetGalley.com.A collection of stories, news articles, and essays, this book showcases the history of Coney Island from its earliest beginnings, through its peak and its decline, bringing it all the way to the present with current project plans for the area None of the reading really stood out to me, but the pictures are fantastic I highly recommend it to people who are interested in the history of the area, or amusement parks in general. John Parascandola MS 67, PhD 68CoeditorFrom the coeditor Featuring a stunning gallery of portraits by the world s finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers including Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, Jos Mart , Maxim Gorky, Federico Garc a Lorca, Isaac Bashevis Singer, e.e cummings, Djuna Barnes, Colson Whitehead, Robert Olen Butler, and Katie Roiphe this anthology is the first to focus on the unique history and transporting experience of a beloved fixture of the New York City landscape.Moody, mystical, and enchanting, Coney Island has thrilled newcomers and soothed native New Yorkers for decades With its fantasy entertainments, renowned beach foods, world class boardwalk, and expansive beach, it provides a welcome respite from the city s dense neighborhoods, unrelenting traffic, and somber grid Coney Island has long offered a kaleidoscopic panorama of people, places, and events, creating, as Lawrence Ferlinghetti once wrote, a Coney Island of the mind This anthology captures the highs and lows of that sensation, with works that imagine Coney Island as a restful resort, a playground for the masses, and a symbol of America s democratic spirit, as well as a Sodom by the sea, a garish display of capitalist excess, and a paradigm of urban decay As complex as the city of which it is a part, Coney Island engenders limitless perspectives, a composite inspiring everyone who encounters it to sing its electric song. This is a wide ranging collection of fiction, non fiction, verse, memoir, journalism and official reports about Coney Island, a place that seems to have inspired so many writers, from Walt Whitman, who is the earliest author to be represented in the anthology, to Joseph Heller, from Freud to Gorky There s a chronology from 1829 when Coney Island House, the first hotel opened, to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 We re also given a list of the films in which Coney Island appears Coney Island has always been an iconic place in American culture, and this book is an ideal way to learn a littleabout it Certainly it s a book I would want with me if I were to visit Some great illustrations too All in all a great read for anyone interested in American social history and, of course, amusement parks. This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the May 2015 issue of World Literature Today Magazine. Featuring A Stunning Gallery Of Portraits By The World S Finest Poets, Essayists, And Fiction Writers Including Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, Jos Mart , Maxim Gorky, Federico Garc A Lorca, Isaac Bashevis Singer, E E Cummings, Djuna Barnes, Colson Whitehead, Robert Olen Butler, And Katie Roiphe This Anthology Is The First To Focus On The Unique History And Transporting Experience Of A Beloved Fixture Of The New York City LandscapeMoody, Mystical, And Enchanting, Coney Island Has Thrilled Newcomers And Soothed Native New Yorkers For Decades With Its Fantasy Entertainments, Renowned Beach Foods, World Class Boardwalk, And Expansive Beach, It Provides A Welcome Respite From The City S Dense Neighborhoods, Unrelenting Traffic, And Somber Grid Coney Island Has Long Offered A Kaleidoscopic Panorama Of People, Places, And Events, Creating, As Lawrence Ferlinghetti Once Wrote, A Coney Island Of The Mind This Anthology Captures The Highs And Lows Of That Sensation, With Works That Imagine Coney Island As A Restful Resort, A Playground For The Masses, And A Symbol Of America S Democratic Spirit, As Well As A Sodom By The Sea, A Garish Display Of Capitalist Excess, And A Paradigm Of Urban Decay As Complex As The City Of Which It Is A Part, Coney Island Engenders Limitless Perspectives, A Composite Inspiring Everyone Who Encounters It To Sing Its Electric Song
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- 360 pages
- A Coney Island Reader
- Louis J. Parascandola
- 23 July 2019 Louis J. Parascandola