Manhattan Transfer: A Novel [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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Manhattan Transfer: A Novel

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Overview

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.

"A novel of very first importance." --Sinclair Lewis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547526690
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/2/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 225,450
  • File size: 385 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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Table of Contents

Section 1
I. Ferryslip 3
II. Metropolis 11
III. Dollars 41
IV. Tracks 65
V. Steamroller 94
Section 2
I. Great Lady on a White Horse 109
II. Longlegged Jack of the Isthmus 122
III. Nine Days' Wonder 143
IV. Fire Engine 171
V. Went to the Animals' Fair 184
VI. Five Statutory Questions 201
VII. Rollercoaster 211
VIII. One More River to Jordan 216
Section 3
I. Rejoicing City That Dwelt Carelessly 231
II. Nickelodeon 248
III. Revolving Doors 260
IV. Skyscraper 298
V. The Burthen of Nineveh 315
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    Most underrated book of our generation

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    Good Book

    This book moves exremely fast and has too many story lines,but is a some what enjoyable book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    Considering when it was written and the use of experimental tech

    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.

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    Posted September 1, 2010

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