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Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos
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Nov 29, 2010

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Read from November 28 to December 02, 2010

I have to say I liked Manhattan Transfer but mostly because I didn't hate it, as odd as that sounds. I remember reading the first two novels of the USA Trilogy back when I was a senior in high school, although I have no memory of the story or the style of writing. Because that's why I didn't love this novel. The New York Tribune described the style of writing as "its kaleidoscopic pattern." Translation: Dos Passos jumps around among characters, making the story line (such as it is) very choppy.

The novel covers perhaps 25 years from the end of the 19th century to the early 1920s. Characters grow older but are not really developed. I pushed through reading because I suspected if I put it down for too long, I would lose the character threads.

I have another Dos Passos novel (Three Soldiers, I think it is) on my Kindle and I will probably read it eventually. If I like it any better, I may even tackle the USA Trilogy again.

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