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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Dos Passos Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With 1919, the second volume of his USA trilogy, John Dos Passos continues his rich look at twentieth-century America, lauded on publication of the first volume not only for its scope but also for its groundbreaking style. Again, employing a host of experimental devices that would inspire a whole new generation of writers to follow, Dos Passos captures the many textures, flavors, and background noises of modern life with a cinematic touch and unparalleled nerve.

1919 opens to find America and the world at war, and Dos Passos’ characters, many of whom we met in the first volume, are thrown into the snarl. We follow the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas girl, a young poet, and a radical Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier.

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  • “As the narrative shifts from one character to another, Drummond maintains a continuity of style yet alters his voice just enough so that the dialogue is distinctive. Drummond’s narration is a benchmark for difficult narrations.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim Stevens | 2/19/2014

    " Without a doubt, one of the very best novels (actually a trilogy of novels) that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. A wonderful portrait of life during the pre and post World War One period. Anyone who enjoyed Ken Follettt's "Fall of Giants" and/or Sinclair's "The Jungle," will enjoy "USA." Dos Passos' writing is a treat in itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne-marie | 2/16/2014

    " I read this before moving to America years ago. It's a fascinating study of the rise of big business in the U.S. told through a wonderfully generous narrative filled with big characters and all the while a news ticker tape clicks away in the background giving time, place and scope of real-life events. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Geoffrey | 1/28/2014

    " A bit trying in the middle, but on the whole, a damned impressive, panoramic novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rob T | 1/26/2014

    " I had a habit of writing English papers about economics in literature, so the U.S.A. trilogy is like a dream come true. A student could spend years writing about class and money in this book. What really made it sing for me was my own sadness about the America that could have been and the America that happened instead. Add to that Dos Passos's fantastic voices and it's well worth a read. "

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About the Author
Author John Dos Passos

John Dos Passos (1896–1970), a member of the Lost Generation, published more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Three Soldiers and Manhattan Transfer.