1919

1919

With 1919, the second volume of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos continues his "vigorous and sweeping panorama of twentieth-century America" (Forum), lauded on publication of the first volume not only for its scope, but also for its groundbreaking style. Again, employing a host of experimental devices that would inspire a whole new generation of writers to follow, Dos Passos captures the many textures, flavors, and background noises of modern life with a cinematic touch and unparalleled nerve.

1919 opens to find America and the world at war, and Dos Passos's characters, many of whom we met in the first volume, are thrown into the snarl. We follow the daughter of a Chicago minister, a wide-eyed Texas girl, a young poet, a radical Jew, and we glimpse Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Unknown Soldier.

Title:1919
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780618056828
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    1919 Reviews

  • Vit Babenco

    The war dictates its own rules… And these rules make a man really small…“…saw the German troops goose-stepping through Brussels, saw Poincaré visiting the long doomed galleries of Verdun betw...

  • Matthew

    I'm not sure that the essences of each individual novel are worth anything, but rather, the "novel" as a whole, by that I mean, as a trilogy. My review of the trilogy is here. ...

  • Quo

    1919, #2 in the U.S.A. trilogy by John Dos Passos is a curious mix of literary devices, some of which were fairly experimental when the book first appeared but can now seem rather tiresome. By the aut...

  • Sean

    I'm not really interested in "reviewing" a classic novel but two things stand out for me: the closing chapter on the selection and internment of the Unknown Soldier, which sums up much of the cold ang...

  • Howard

    2nd Reading....

  • carl  theaker

    This volume covers up to and through the WWI years. How most folks were gung ho, how the socialists types were against the war, and how oppressive the government can be against those who try to speak ...

  • Mel

    I would have eagerly given this book four stars if the individual stories that comprise the framework weren't so damn repetitive. Passos' voice is unique, seductive, hilarious, stark and powerful. Wha...

  • Galle

    this book was a pain in my ass (I only cared for Daughter)...

  • Illiterate

    More American lives. WW1 is a strangely bloodless interlude in the rise of corporations and organized labor....

  • Rick Slane

    Long short stories or short novellas with newspaper headlines, song lyrics, and verbal newsreels in between....