Three Soldiers (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

Three Soldiers (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by John Dos Passos
     
 

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The shock of the First World War defined the twentieth century for John Dos Passos and many others of his generation. After serving in a French volunteer ambulance service and then with the American Army in France, Dos Passos wrote his novel Three Soldiers (1921). The novel follows the intersecting lives of three Americans as they suffer the war's

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The shock of the First World War defined the twentieth century for John Dos Passos and many others of his generation. After serving in a French volunteer ambulance service and then with the American Army in France, Dos Passos wrote his novel Three Soldiers (1921). The novel follows the intersecting lives of three Americans as they suffer the war's monotonous and dehumanizing military routine and contemplate escape or revolt against its grinding discipline and extraordinary horrors.

Three Soldiers demonstrates the guiding principle shared by Dos Passos and other expatriate American writers that a new age called for a new art, one schooled by new ways of seeing afforded by modern technologies. His recognition of the machine age placed Dos Passos at the center of his century's new artistic developments, and for his literary accomplishments Jean-Paul Sartre hailed him as "the greatest writer of our time."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411430464
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
741,355
File size:
579 KB

Meet the Author

Born in Chicago in 1896, John Dos Passos was raised outside of conventional, respectable nineteenth-century family arrangements as the illegitimate child of the attorney John R. Dos Passos and Lucy Addison Sprigg Madison. He received an excellent education, attending Choate and Harvard. He is best known for his 1937 trilogy of novels, U.S.A., which begins with The 42nd Parallel, follows with 1919, and ends with The Big Money.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read John Dos Passos "Three Soldiers" this weekend. Written in 1921, it covers a year of three U.S. soldiers sent to France during WW 1. Nothing pretty or romantic about it - war is stupid and costly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
World War I seems to have fewer books and novels written about it than WWII and other conflicts, perhaps because it happened so long ago. And distant events become distant. But this book brings WWI its culture and its horrors alive. This is a unique story of 3 average american infantry soldiers from different ethinic, economic and educated backgrounds whose perceptions of what warfare will be evaporate into the horrorful reality and how they respond as people. The writing is excellent; these characters with all their faults and individualistics come alive as does the confusion and paradigms of war. This is a book I could not put down. Mesmerizing and a great read, I would recommend it to anyone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting read about three men in WW I with a very poor ending. Lets all three men in limbo for you to, I guess write your own ending. Lot's of French speaking that leaves on wondering what was said. A pleasant waste of time!