The 42nd Parallel

  • Title: The 42nd Parallel
  • Author: John Dos Passos
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • The nd Parallel With his U S A trilogy comprising THE nd PARALLEL and THE BIG MONEY John Dos Passos is said by many to have written the great American novel While Fitzgerald and Hemingway were cultivating
    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 ModernWith 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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    About John Dos Passos


    1. John Roderigo Dos Passos was an American novelist and artist.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 1916, he traveled to Spain to continue his studies In 1917 he volunteered for the S.S.U 60 of the Norton Harjes Ambulance Corps, along with E.E Cummings and Robert Hillyer.By the late summer of 1918, he had completed a draft of his first novel and, at the same time, he had to report for duty in the U.S Army Medical Corps, in Pennsylvania.When the war was over, he stayed in Paris, where the U.S Army Overseas Education Commission allowed him to study anthropology at the Sorbonne.Considered one of the Lost Generation writers, Dos Passos published his first novel in 1920, titled One Man s Initiation 1917, followed by an antiwar story, Three Soldiers, which brought him considerable recognition His 1925 novel about life in New York City, titled Manhattan Transfer was a success.In 1937 he returned to Spain with Hemingway, but the views he had on the Communist movement had already begun to change, which sentenced the end of his friendship with Hemingway and Herbert Matthews.In 1930 he published the first book of the U.S.A trilogy, considered one of the most important of his works.Only thirty years later would John Dos Passos be recognized for his significant contribution in the literary field when, in 1967, he was invited to Rome to accept the prestigious Antonio Feltrinelli Prize.Between 1942 and 1945, Dos Passos worked as a journalist covering World War II and, in 1947, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.Tragedy struck when an automobile accident killed his wife, Katharine Smith, and cost him the sight in one eye He remarried to Elizabeth Hamlyn Holdridge in 1949, with whom he had an only daughter, Lucy Dos Passos, born in 1950.Over his long and successful carreer, Dos Passos wrote forty two novels, as well as poems, essays and plays, and created than four hundred pieces of art.More detailed information about Dos Passos and his carrer can be found at.


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    1. "Andrew Carnegie started out buying Adams Express and Pullman stock when they were in a slump;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 moneywhenever he had a million dollars he invested it.Andrew Carnegie became the richest man in the worldan [...]

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    2. I've been a rotten literature delinquent. Oh yes, a true testament of the almighty Law of Murphy, moving to a new city was bound to place things in my path toward the completion of volume number one of Dos Passo's ever-revered U.S.A. For a long stretch of time I was like, why have I not finished this? Its accessible and striking with a less than imagined pretentiousness-level, the book has a buzzing heart beat; a complete immersion in its diverse pool of topics is achieved. It never bores or und [...]

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    3. The 42nd Parallel is a lavish slice of the American life at the beginning of the twentieth century…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 histo [...]

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    4. First volume: I'm not foolish claim to give a review on this famous work, which I have read with great pleasure, waiting to read the second volume.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 char [...]

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    5. مدار 42، رمان نخست از مجموعه‌ی بزرگ ینگه دنیا در میان بیم‌ها و امیدهای سپیده‌دم قرن بیستم آغاز می‌گردد. موضوع رمان، کشور امریکاست که در قالب شخصیت‌های برجسته‌ی زمان، فرهنگ کوچه و بازار، برداشت‌های ذهنی نویسنده‌ای ناپیدا و کشش و کوشش جانانه‌ی شخصیت‌های داستان، سیر تحول [...]

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    6. 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 [...]

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    7. 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 memory whatsoe [...]

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    8. Dos Passos' legacy, if there is one, is largely understated or forgotten, and, in my view, not necessarily through any major fault of his. In the 20th century, as cultural and aesthetic values shifted to favor more linear, romantic, cinematic storytelling, Dos Passos' vignettes, broad character range, and historical relevance faded into the background to be appreciated primarily by literary aficionados. I think that Hemingway's and Fitzgerald's books would be more easily adaptable to the silver [...]

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    9. Stop searching, THIS is the great American novel but "novel" doesn't really do it justice. It's a panoramic portrait of America in the first decades of the 20th century. Dos Passos' characters chase, in myriad ways, their American Dreams, as the nation rapidly matures in its new identity as an urban, commercial, world power. There is no plot here- the book, like so much other art of the time, is, in form as well as substance, something entirely new- a novel novel. The characters surge forward in [...]

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    10. If I had to use one word to describe my feelings overall towards this book it would be disappointing. I had high hopes for this 'classic' but they were quickly dashed. I was duped by all of the praise it has recieved from critics and writers. Sometimes it's hard to go back in experimental fiction, toward its infancy and simply not have the patience that it requires. One of the narrative devices Passos uses is Headlines from the time period and brief newspaper clippings, and about half way throug [...]

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    11. Neste primeiro volume da trilogia USA, onde oscilei até 2/3 do livro entre as 3 e as 4 estrelas, Dos Passos (com ascendência na Ilha da Madeira) aborda os últimos anos do séc. XIX e as primeiras décadas do séc.XX sendo, portanto, uma obra fundamental para a compreensão dos diversos movimentos sociais, políticos e artísticos da época nos EUA (mas também no México e na Europa),terminando-se já em vésperas da entrada dos EUA na IGM. É, inegavelmente, uma obra riquíssima do ponto de [...]

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    12. Must admit, don't think I ever heard of Dos Passos until I started reading this trilogy for the Modern Library top 100, but glad I did. Easy reading format, historical context, and I do like history, about the interesting early part of the century in of course, the USA. 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 [...]

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    13. 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 [...]

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    14. As Hemingway said to Dos Passos in a letter, after reading his USA trilogy:"Don’t let yourself slip and get any perfect characters in—no Stephen Daedeluses—remember it was Bloom and Mrs. Bloom saved Joyce . . . If you get a noble communist remember the bastard probably masturbates and is jallous as a cat. Keep them people, people, people, and don’t let them get to be symbols."(1932)

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    15. A better title for this chore would be “NOW! That’s What I Call America.” I'll get to that later.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. Seco [...]

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    16. If you were to ask a literati in the 1940's what American authors would still be read in 2013, Dos Passos would have been mentioned in some amazing company: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. But I had never read him. The closest I came was a science fiction classic, Stand on Zanzibar, which used Dos Passos' techniques. I though pretty average, so was sort of lukewarm at the thought of pulling The 42nd Parallel off the shelf. So I was shocked when I dusted it off, and cracked open the boo [...]

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    17. Dos Pasos, John. THE 42ND PARALLEL. (1930). ****. 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 t [...]

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    18. kristinsbookblog/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 me more, a [...]

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    19. Okay, so this book is dated. And sometimes I am tempted to give a dated book extra credit because I get to study history while reading a story with plot and characters.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 lif [...]

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    20. This is one of those books that make you wonder “What did I miss?” I see plenty of wonderful reviews rating this highly. But in my listening to the audio version, I didn’t get that much out of it. I did enjoy the snippets of stories of the characters involved, and I liked the way it captured the time, but it really didn’t fit together well. Perhaps I need to continue listening to the trilogy to get that level of completeness and closure. This by itself didn’t do it. Audio wasn’t the [...]

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    21. ABD'deyiz. 2. Dünya Savaşı patlamak üzere. Avrupa çoktan birbirine girmiş durumda. ABD savaşa girecek mi girmeyecek mi tartışmaları arasında bir kaç karakterle tanışıyoruz.Tabi ABD fırsatlar ülkesi. Kafasını kullanan yolunu alıyor. Bizim karakterlerimiz de böyle. Farklı farklı zamanlarda farklı farklı yerlerde başlıyorlar maceralarına. 4-5 kişi bunlar.Türlü maceralar yaşıyorlar. Açlıktan sefaletten sürünüyorlar. Ortak özellikleri çok çalışkan olmaları. [...]

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    22. Highly enjoyable book once you figure out how to read all of Dos Passos new literary devices such as Camera Eye and Newsreels. Good picture of the common man in America in the time leading up to WW 1.

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    23. 606. U.S.A John Dos Passosینگه دنیا - جان دس‌ پاسوس (هاشمی) ادبیات جلد یک از سه مدار 42 با اخباری آغاز میشود که شامل ترانه‌های عامیانه، سرعنوان روزنامه‌ها و هيجان و تب و تاب کشور در آغاز قرن بیستم است

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    24. Una grandísima novela con cinco historias independientes que se van cruzando. Narra la vida de esas personas en los EEUU de principios del siglo XX, en los labores de la I Guerra Mundial.Fantastica

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    25. 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.

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    26. Personajes como marionetas al servicio de su ideología política.

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    27. I've come around on the newsreels, but I just can't warm up to the camera's eyes. The meat, though, is the individual stories that wend their way through. Overall, this is excellent.

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    28. "Janey and Alice had a good time that winter. They took to smoking cigarettes and serving tea to their friends Sunday afternoons. They read novels by Arnold Bennett and thought of themselves as bachelor girls. They learned to play bridge and shortened their skirts. At Christmas Janey got a hundred dollar bonus and a raise to twenty a week from Dreyfus and Carroll. She began telling Alice that she was an old stickinthemud to stay on at Mrs. Robinson's. For herself she began to have ambitions of a [...]

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    29. Everyone with anything to say about this book mostly already said it. Here's what I think you might find useful and new.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 [...]

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    30. A vivid, detailed slice of Americana set right before the dawn of World War I. The 42nd Parellel traces the growth and development of four different characters, their goals continuously shifting based on circumstances both personal and economic.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 [...]

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