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"A novel of very first importance." --Sinclair Lewis
|I.||Great Lady on a White Horse||109|
|II.||Longlegged Jack of the Isthmus||122|
|III.||Nine Days' Wonder||143|
|V.||Went to the Animals' Fair||184|
|VI.||Five Statutory Questions||201|
|VIII.||One More River to Jordan||216|
|I.||Rejoicing City That Dwelt Carelessly||231|
|V.||The Burthen of Nineveh||315|
Posted February 10, 2008
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!
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Posted March 18, 2004
Posted November 13, 2013
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
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.
Posted September 1, 2010
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