Manhattan Transfer

Manhattan Transfer

A Novel

eBook - 2003
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003
ISBN: 9780547526690
Characteristics: 1 online resource (352 pages)
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Call Number: eBook


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Feb 19, 2014

I don't know when, but somewhere along the way John Dos Passos dropped from major American novelist status to neglected, minor writer who wrote one huge book. It's a little unfair, as he was one of the more adventurous writers of his times and at his best he fuses the social commentary novel of Sinclair Lewis with the more radical experiments of writers like Joyce and Eliot. "Manhattan Transfer," which offers a polyphonic, panoramic view of NYC plays out like a dry run for this masterpiece, the massive trilogy "U.S.A." A writer worth rediscovering. His war novel, "Three Soldiers," is also good.


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