By John Dos Passos
Foreword by means of E. L. Doctorow.
With 1919, the second one quantity of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos keeps his "vigorous and sweeping landscape of twentieth-century America" (Forum), lauded on booklet of the 1st quantity not just for its scope, but in addition for its groundbreaking kind. back, utilising a number of experimental units that might motivate a complete new iteration of writers to keep on with, Dos Passos captures the numerous textures, flavors, and history noises of contemporary lifestyles with a cinematic contact and unprecedented nerve.
1919 opens to discover the US and the area at struggle, and Dos Passos's characters, lots of whom we met within the first quantity, are thrown into the snarl. We stick to the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas woman, a tender poet, a thorough Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier.
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1919 (The USA Trilogy, Book 2) by John Dos Passos