Manhattan Transfer: A Novel

Manhattan Transfer: A Novel

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by John Dos Passos
     
 

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Considered by many to be John Dos Passos's greatest work, Manhattan Transfer is an "expressionistic picture of New York" (New York Times) in the 1920s that reveals the lives of wealthy power brokers and struggling immigrants alike. From Fourteenth Street to the Bowery, Delmonico's to the underbelly of the city waterfront, Dos Passos chronicles the lives of characters

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Considered by many to be John Dos Passos's greatest work, Manhattan Transfer is an "expressionistic picture of New York" (New York Times) in the 1920s that reveals the lives of wealthy power brokers and struggling immigrants alike. From Fourteenth Street to the Bowery, Delmonico's to the underbelly of the city waterfront, Dos Passos chronicles the lives of characters struggling to become a part of modernity before they are destroyed by it.
More than seventy-five years after its first publication, Manhattan Transfer still stands as "a novel of the very first importance" (Sinclair Lewis). It is a masterpeice of modern fiction and a lasting tribute to the dual-edged nature of the American dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547526690
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
228,775
File size:
635 KB

Meet the Author

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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Manhattan Transfer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I'm the first person to review this book. I read it for my modern fiction class and was totally blown away by it. The way in which dos Passos transcribes not only the lives of his characters - both main characters and those who only exist in a few passages - but how their lives entwine with one another is breathtaking. Truly a beautiful, well-written and poetic novel. Don't pass it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book moves exremely fast and has too many story lines,but is a some what enjoyable book.
SaulofSeattle More than 1 year ago
Considering when it was written and the use of experimental technique, some latitude is justified in  critiquing the novel.  However, in the 21st century, one would expect a story with a plot, and a satisfying  conclusion rather than a tour of the failings of a big city and of its  inhabitants.  I consider this at best a good midtown café, not an uptown fine-dining establishment. On the positive side, the descriptions and metaphors enable the reader to experience the look and feel  of what life was like in those days.  It seemed that the author had created a real world populated by real people. However I wish that it had been easier early on to determine which characters to focus on.  Jimmy Herf and Elaine carry most of the main thread of the novel, but some important details--without disclosing the story--seem strangely blank, for example, their WWI experience.  There are some “whatever  happened to” characters that are not resolved satisfactorily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago