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The 42nd Parallel - John Dos Passos
The 42nd Parallel
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With his U.S.A. trilogy, comprising THE 42nd PARALLEL, 1919, and THE BIG MONEY, John Dos Passos is said by many to have written the great American novel. While Fitzgerald and Hemingway were cultivating what Edmund Wilson once called their "own little corners," John Dos Passos was taking on the... show more
With his U.S.A. trilogy, comprising THE 42nd PARALLEL, 1919, and THE BIG MONEY, John Dos Passos is said by many to have written the great American novel. While Fitzgerald and Hemingway were cultivating what Edmund Wilson once called their "own little corners," John Dos Passos was taking on the world. Counted as one of the best novels of the twentieth century by the Modern Library and by some of the finest writers working today, U.S.A. is a grand, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation, buzzing with history and life on every page. The trilogy opens with THE 42nd PARALLEL, where we find a young country at the dawn of the twentieth century. Slowly, in stories artfully spliced together, the lives and fortunes of five characters unfold. Mac, Janey, Eleanor, Ward, and Charley are caught on the storm track of this parallel and blown New Yorkward. As their lives cross and double back again, the likes of Eugene Debs, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie make cameo appearances.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780618056811 (0618056815)
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 326
Edition language: English
Series: The U.S.A. Trilogy (#1)
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JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
Andrew Carnegie started out buying Adams Express and Pullman stock when they were in a slump;he had confidence in railroads,he had confidence in communications,he had confidence in transportation,he believed in iron.Andrew Carnegie believed in iron, built bridges Bessemer plants blast furnaces rolli...
riley
riley rated it
3.0 The 42nd Parallel: Volume One of the U.S.A. Trilogy
Actually that is a 5/10 probably, but this site won't let me give half stars. The first part of the USA trilogy is certainly innovative. It's the first novel I know written in this style and for that it should certainly be commended. But Dos Passos' reach far far far exceeds his grasp. The storie...
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