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City of God Summary
E. L. Doctorow

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City of God Summary

Plot Summary

City of God by E. L Doctorow is a novel with an extremely unusual narrative form. The book appears to be shaped as a collection of writings from an author's notebook. Some passages are small chunks of a larger plot line. Some are autobiographical poems, and some are a first-person presentation of the lives and ideas of notable figures. In addition, the author occasionally plots a story or a movie script. Sometimes he writes about the universe from a scientific perspective, and sometimes he describes species of birds that he has seen. Still other times, he talks about the medium of film. At other points, he offers competing interpretations of popular songs in poetic form.

City of God has several gripping plots. The main plot centers around Pem, an Anglican priest who is having a crisis of faith. Pem's church has been a target of thieves, so he...

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