By Bilge Ebiri
Updated March 05, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Dreamland

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Kevin Baker’s Dickensian epic of Coney Island in the early 1900s is peopled by mad dwarves, whores with hearts of gold, and real-life gangster/politicians. Even though it’s meticulously researched and filled with passages of intoxicating, dreamlike frenzy, Dreamland is curiously hollow inside — none of its humdrum plot strands justify Baker’s ambitions. Ultimately, the novel spins off in too many directions, ranging from the uninspired (young hoods pursuing each other) to the outlandish (Sigmund Freud getting lost in New York). There’s talent to spare here and plenty of fine historical detail, but the narrative never coheres. B-

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Dreamland

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