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The 42nd Parallel (1930)

by John Dos Passos

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Series: U.S.A. Trilogy (1)

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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 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.… (more)
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I'm enjoying these little slices of American life in the early 20th century. This first volume definitely ends abruptly, and I might have to pick up the second before I get the characters from this one all jumbled in my head. This epic is better, less dry than I expected it to be, at least so far. We'll see if it holds my interest through two more volumes. ( )
1 vote ImperfectCJ | May 26, 2022 |
The 42nd Parallel–part of the USA Trilogy–paints a picture of the United States during the early part of the twentieth century. The morphing idea of the American Dream during the years 1900 to 1918. Revolution is in the air. Capitalism is questioned as Socialism gains more attention. Industry overshadows agrarian means of production. The world becomes more global. A Great War looms. The American man AND woman search for meaning, search for more. One can feel the proverbial ‘calm before the twentieth century storm’. Looking very much forward to reading the next two volumes. ( )
  mortalfool | Jul 10, 2021 |
This novel is such a distinct achievement that I haven't written a review before now, and even though this is my third time through the novel, this isn't really a review either. What I can say is that this novel in spite of its setting in the early 20th century is nevertheless written in such a contemporary and innovative way that it makes me realize there is no such thing as progress in the arts, or even evolution, but rather that we have extraordinary masterful artists that come along now and then who write in completely new and exhilarating ways...and we will always have that to look forward to in the future, as long as their are storytellers and people who want to hear their stories. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
More to come when I am back on this site/app. ( )
  Robert_Musil | Dec 15, 2019 |
The most effective way to approach history, this book shows, is through a time's language. A plain collection of facts may as well be lies. ( )
  Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
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Dos Passos, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aaron, DanielEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alfred KazinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Šťastný, A. J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baudisch, PaulTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baulenas, Lluís-AntonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cohen, MarceloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doctorow, E. L.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drummond, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geismar, MaxwellIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ludington, TownsendEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marsh, ReginaldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pavese, CesareTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salazar Medrano, UlisesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Selander, StenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tedeschini Lalli, BiancamariaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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General Mills with his gaudy uniform and spirited charger was the center for all eyes especially as his steed was extremely restless.
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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 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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