1919 (The USA Trilogy, Book 2) by John Dos Passos

By John Dos Passos

Foreword by way of E. L. Doctorow.

Overview

With 1919, the second one quantity of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos keeps his "vigorous and sweeping landscape of twentieth-century America" (Forum), lauded on e-book of the 1st quantity not just for its scope, but in addition for its groundbreaking variety. back, utilising a bunch of experimental units that will encourage a complete new iteration of writers to stick to, Dos Passos captures the numerous textures, flavors, and heritage noises of contemporary existence with a cinematic contact and unprecedented nerve.

1919 opens to discover the USA and the realm at conflict, and Dos Passos's characters, a lot of whom we met within the first quantity, are thrown into the snarl. We stick with the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas woman, a tender poet, a thorough Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier.

Show description

Read Online or Download 1919 (The USA Trilogy, Book 2) PDF

Best american literature books

Moloch: Or, This Gentile World

Exposed in addition to loopy Cock in 1988 via Miller biographer Mary V. Dearborn, Moloch emerged from the distress of Miller's years at Western Union and from the squalor of his first marriage.

Set within the quickly altering manhattan urban of the early twenties, its hero is the rough-and-tumble Dion Moloch, a guy packed with anger and melancholy. Trapped in a demeaning activity, oppressed via an acrimonious domestic existence, Moloch escapes to the streets merely to be assaulted by way of a global he despises much more — a Brooklyn reworked right into a shrill medley of ethnic attractions, sounds, and scents. The antagonized Moloch moves out blindly at every thing he hates, struggling with opposed to a global whose hostility threatens to weigh down and spoil him.

The Amazing Adventures of Letitia Carberry (HarperPerennial Classics)

The indomitable Letitia Carberry, referred to as Tish, leaps prior to she appears to be like, prime her spinster-friends, Aggie and Lizzie, headfirst into hilarious, frequently perilous, conditions. yet as inventive and resolute girls of a definite age and station, the 3 associates unavoidably achieve the higher hand, fixing mysteries and reuniting fanatics sooner than adjourning for a richly deserved relaxation.

The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

Jewish americans produced one of the most vital writing within the U. S. within the 20th century. This better half addresses the unique Jewish American contribution to American literary feedback, poetry and pop culture. It establishes the broadest attainable context for the dialogue of Jewish American identification because it intersects with the corpus of yankee literature.

Stephen King: A Critical Companion (Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers)

Some of the most prolific and well known modern novelists, Stephen King has a faithful following of captivated readers. this is often the 1st severe paintings on King to check his newest novels, Dolores Claiborne, Insomnia, and Rose Madder, and to research the numerous threads of his fiction in a fashion that's available to teens and common readers.

Additional info for 1919 (The USA Trilogy, Book 2)

Sample text

Caldwell appears ordinary, flawed, and foolish; at the same time, he is attractive, resilient, resourceful, playful, open to experience, and blessed with double vision. The Centaur identifies the fifty-year-old Caldwell with the middle ground of comedy: by nature, he is half man, half beast and both human and divine; the Barth epigraph situates man on “the boundary between heaven and earth”; mythologically, “it was rumored that Zeus thought centaurs a dangerous middle ground” (26); Zimmerman describes Caldwell as “a teacher in the middle of his career” (186); Caldwell loves the cities “of the great Middle Atlantic civilization” (112); at novel’s end, Caldwell estimates his chances of freeing his Buick from a snow bank as “fifty-fifty” (220).

About six of us filled our pockets up with horse chestnuts . ” “. . seven minutes to the hour everybody stood up and stared as if his fly was open . ” “Christ, I’ll never forget . ” “. . this girl in the back of the class said she couldn’t see the decimal point . . 22 | John Updike’s Human Comedy he went to the window and scooped some snow off the sill and made a ball . . hard as hell at the fucking blackboard . ” (95) By their mythologizing of a popular teacher (the horse chestnuts, an allusion to the centaur’s equine nature), the students reveal their affection and respect for him.

Caldwell is flawed in other ways as well. His wife hints at a lack of passion in their marriage: “ ‘If there’s anything I hate,’ my mother said, half to me, half to the ceiling, while my father bent forward and touched her cheek with one of his rare kisses, ‘it’s a man who hates sex’ ” (56). The repeated use of the word “half ” indicates her double vision. Nor is Caldwell above self-pity: when the family learns that he does not have cancer, Cassie observes wryly, “Now he’ll have to think up some new way of getting sympathy” (215).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.21 of 5 – based on 23 votes

admin