My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The greatest aspect of World’s Fair is the way in which it captures the 1930s, balancing a strong feeling of nostalgia that makes the novel very enjoyable with economic and social realism. The 1930s are preserved as a cherished memory as lived by real people and poignant social realism.
Doctorow manages to write from the perspective of a child in a way that is enjoyable and believable. The world of 1930s New York grows along with Edgar, opening new possibilities and dangers to the growing boy.
Bottom Line: There is really something magical about the way Doctorow captures 1930s New York.