The 42nd Parallel

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1930 - Fiction - 323 pages
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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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I loved the writing. - Goodreads
Dos Passos' style is clean, crisp, American prose. - Goodreads
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Once I got past the strange construction, it turned into a 4 star book. Read full review

Review: The 42nd Parallel (The USA Trilogy #1)

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Definitely good, reading it was a pleasure and I blew through it in only a couple of days. It's a great blend of artsy nigh-Joycean sequences, Newsreel sequences to give a chaotic idea of the era ... Read full review

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John Dos Passos (1896-1970), a member of the Lost Generation, was the author of more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction, including THREE SOLDIERS and MANHATTAN TRANSFER.

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