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10 thoughts on “Empire Rising: A Novel

  1. says:

    I was excited about Empire Rising when I saw it on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2005 list but Thomas Kelly s novel proved ultimately disappointing.It has all the ingredients of great historical fiction New York City, the Empire State Building, racial tension, the Great Depression and a plethora of Tammany Hall politicians and neighborhood gangsters Sounds pretty good, right I wish I could say that this were true Although I did read to the end, I found myself not really caring what happened to the main character, an Irish construction worker helping build the Empire State Building rivet by rivet The historical detail seemed like barely adequate window dressing on a thin plot it made the whole thing palatable, but only just barely.


  2. says:

    The book gets off to a fairly slow start as the characters are introduced I do like how the narrative follows one character to another with relative ease, which adds to the intrigue My favorite part is when Briody and Grace see each other for the first time That being said, I never really felt the quickening pace of the story that I was expecting Whether they were on Empire, or carrying out a job, the narrative all seemed to remain fairly disconnected and slow I picked up the book because I ve always been enthralled by the idea of how these buildings were built, and who built them I m certainly not an expert on historical fiction, but I liked how this combined an appealing story that I feel gave a realistic look at the issues of the time period.


  3. says:

    This is historical fiction of a sort relating the story of an Irish immigrant who is building the Empire State Building, adjusting to life in NYC in the Tammany Hall era, and involving himself in both the underworld of the Irish revolution and the corruption of Jimmy Walker It is an accurate fictional representation of the Tammany Hall era and Depression era NYC.


  4. says:

    Michael Briody may have left Ireland but that does not mean he has left behind his fight for a free homeland Weapons running by night and building the Empire State Building by day, his life is full of close calls Then he meets the beautiful Grace Masterson, a painter from back home But Grace is not the easy romance one would hope for she is also the mistress of Johnny Farrell the corrupt mayor s right hand man and his connection to the New York City underbelly and Tammany Hall Full of suspense, intrigue and glorious images of the immigrant experience in 1930 New York City, this novel had me glued to my chair.


  5. says:

    I d been meaning to read Kelly for some time and this novel, based in 1930 New York during the building of the Empire State Building, was just the ticket A thoroughly enjoyable, informative, engaging read, following the intersecting lives of three Irish immigrants one a Tammany fixer, the second his artist mistress, and the third an IRA recruit and a rivet gun jockey on the building crew The stakes rise as the artist and worker revolutionary meet and become lovers, and as FDR seeks to bring down the Tammany machine on his way to the presidency.


  6. says:

    Gritty portrait of NY immigrant experience mainly Irish and NY politics in the era of Tammany Hall, featuring the construction of the Empire State Building The action of the story takes kind of a while to get going, but the characters and I include the City itself as a character are interesting The construction of the building is really it s own subplot and it s fascinating sobering thinking about the literal blood, sweat tears that went into the construction of the skyscrapers that defined early 20th Century New York and other major American cities.


  7. says:

    It s quite enjoyable as a sequel to Gangs of New York a historical fiction account of the end of the New York Irish gangs, set against the backdrop of the construction of the Empire State Building in the midst of the Great Depression Unfortunately it s also filled with cliches, ham fisted exposition and a not quite believable romance It was still a page turner, despite finding myself wishing I had seen a 2 hour movie version instead, when I reached the end.


  8. says:

    Everyone was dressed in their holiday best, cops and firefighters, nurses, local merchants, hooky players, killers, clergy, the milkman, most of them Irish, but some darker, Spanish and Negro, others Jewish and Italian, all believers in the power of the machine, the giver of jobs, and bail, and life, of the cradle to grave lookout and all the trials in between Just turn up on Election Day, the machine will handle the rest.


  9. says:

    I m not usually into thrillers, but this is also a historical novel with a rich sense of time and place It s sort of a detective mob novel set in 1930 31 as the Empire State Building was going up It s got meaty characters from Tammany Hall and its various relations, immigrants from Ireland and Italy, and a pretty gross cameo by FDR himself.I generally try to match books with vacations, and this was an outstanding choice for a New York book and visit.


  10. says:

    This book has all the makings of an epic tale Depression era NYC, gangsters, corruption, lovers, and characters all fighting internal and external wars I read to the end expecting things to pick up with every page turn They never really did I finished thinking of how exciting the story could have been and never became The redeeming quality is the historical elements of the era including the construction of such an iconic building.


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