The 42nd Parallel
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 rolling mills;
Andrew Carnegie believed in oil;
Andrew Carnegie believed in steel;
always saved his money
whenever he had a million dollars he invested it.
Andrew Carnegie became the richest man in the world
The U.S.A. Trilogy is a series of three novels by American writer John Dos Passos, comprising the novels The 42nd Parallel (1930), 1919 (1932) and The Big Money (1936). The books were first published together in a volume titled U.S.A. by Harcourt Brace in January 1938. The trilogy employs an experimental technique, incorporating four narrative modes, fictional narratives telling the life stories of twelve characters, collages of newspaper clippings ...more
John Dos Passos has a sharp mind and a sharp eye so he is capable to penetrate into the innermost depths of human psyche. And he knows the ways of life inside out.
“The only man that gets anything out of capitalism is a crook, and he gets to be a millionaire in short order…”
The world of contrasts: success and failure, the poor and the rich, the unlucky many against the lucky few, or is history a bat ...more
So I'll just copy on an edition published in 1958, the back cover: "This immense work that dominates the literary production of the decade" (published in 1930) writes the American critic John Brown. John Dos Passos, in the 42nd parallel, invents a new novelistic genre. Prodigious paintings of the early twentieth century in the U.S.A., he experience ch ...more
I need to qualify my upcoming bold statement with two disclaimers. First off, I'm already on record as being underwhelmed by the hallowed novel I'm about to mention in my forthcoming bold statement. Second, The 42nd Parallel is only the first part of a three volume trilogy that should probably be considered as a whole, and I have only read this volume. But what's the point of writing these reviews if your not going to bring strong opinions. So despite the aforesaid reservations, here it goes: wh...more
In my third year of Uni, I took this curse named Comparative Literature about the American Dream, during which we studied 3 novels that sure did not leave the same impression on me :
1) Amerika by Franz Kafka that I'd love to say I adored but... hey, that book is so fucking weird, even for me (not to mention unfinished, which is a deal-breaker for me - I'm looking at you, Lucien Leuwen)
2) The Financier by Theodore Dreiser that I... that I... GOD. What was that book about tell me? I have no memo ...more
Each chapter is titled with a character's name and each evolves, through their own eyes, and when paths cross, through others. Most characters are carried onto the other books. Supposedly the books can be read on their own, but I ...more
The 42nd Parallel is unique and groundbreaking in that, for its time, it found new and interesting ways to bore its reader to tears. First, it relentlessly bludgeons its reader with its annoyingly liberal usage of free indirect speech. Rather than giving its characters voice and motion, The 42nd Parallel prides itself on summary, exposition, and trading off engagement for its crappy style. Second, it ...more
Manic, vibrant, socially conscious, epic, crowded, busy, sweaty, angry, clear-eyed idealism, rowdy, tragic, subjective, objective, infinitely small, buzzing, slashing, eponymous, snide, pathos, scattershot, fecund, inspirational, landmark, surging, colorful, explosive, magnificent.
I'm almost holding back on the next two installments since I don't want to be dissapointed. This one's a corker.
The first two pages is some of the greatest prose I've ever laid eyes on. What I hope will be my life's ph ...more
First, as an introduction to Dos Passos, who – if you are anything like I was until recently (and only because of my book list obsession) – you have never heard of, some quotes:
“[He’s:] the greatest living writer of our time.” -Jean Paul Sartre, 1938
“Dos Passos came nearer than any of us to writing the Great American Novel, and it’s entirely possible he succeeded. I can only say, from my own point of view, that no novel I read while in college stimulated m ...more
So I was shocked when I dusted it off, and cracked open the ...more
I first read this novel, the first of the author’s trilogy, U.S.A., about forty-five years ago, when I was in grad school. I remember that it really knocked me for a loop back then since it was full of new ways of providing the reader with information about time and place of the characters. Dos Pasos used techniques that I hadn’t seen before: Newsreel excerpts in bold print and asides he called “The Camera’s Eye.” The novel itself tells the story ...more
I liked this book a lot, it makes me want to read more from the period... except I think I may have already read some stories from this period! Which would suggest that this book is better than those other books I read and forgot.
This book tells a story that is very broad - in geography for one, there are characters that in their ...more
Audio wasn’t the way to exper ...more
Recommended for: College students; People who love early 20th-Century American literature; People who like Modernism or modernist art; people who like abstract art; people who like anthologies.
Themes you'll find: Treatment of women (hint: they catch a lot of blame); treatment of socialism; descriptions of a lot of American geography; the concept of revolution, the immigrant exp ...more
Some swallow their misgivings and become locked into jobs and marriages that they only partially care for, some pursue entrepreneurial dreams that are bleak at times and invigorating at others, and some characters just become aimlessly lost in every sense ...more
I wanted to like this book, it seemed like it would be loved when it was added of my list of authors to read. I am still not sure what I think. There are style factors in the book that I think are genius, but it is so clouded in the male-hood of his generation that I have a bitter tas ...more
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He received a first-class education at The Choate School, in Connecticut, in 1907, under the name John Roderigo Madison. Later, he traveled with his tutor on a tour through France, England, Italy, Greece and the Middle East to study classical art, architecture and literature.
In 1912 he attended Harvard University and, after graduating in ...more