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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,929 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Dos Passos Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The USA Trilogy Release Date:
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With his USA 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,” 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, the USA trilogy is a grand, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation, buzzing with history and life.

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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 2/7/2014

    " Currently reading this as part of the entire trilogy, so the star rating is basically for the first third of the sequence. Entirely modern in some ways and a century old in others. All in all, some compelling narratives set amidst the tussle between capital and labor and impending war (WWI). Looking forward to the second book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leslie | 1/19/2014

    " Amazing first book of Dos Passos' trilogy U.S.A. about life in America at the end of WW1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wayne G | 1/2/2014

    " The USA trilogy is one of the top five "books" I've ever read... and you should read all three in succession... the trilogy interweaves non-fiction and fiction the way Doctorow did in Ragtime and alternates in styles throughout... I LOVED the 2-3 page biographies of famous people at the turn of the 20th century... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wil | 12/25/2013

    " It was a bit hard to appreciate as so many events were time-sensitive, but in general I liked his multiple approach to societal description. "

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