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1919: Volume Two of the U.S.A. Trilogy | John Dos Passos
16 posts | 13 read | 1 reading | 5 to read
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.
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

I found this volume fatiguing. I had trouble connecting with and keeping track of the characters, and since this trilogy is a period of US history told through the lives of individual characters, not connecting with them makes it difficult to glean meaning. I did note the use of the word "privilege" and other sentiments in use today, which gives me a sense of history repeating itself. Knowing what happened after WWI, this isn't comforting.

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ImperfectCJ
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🍻🍸🥃🛟🚢🪖🥃🍻👔👗🥃🍻🚂🍸🇺🇸
Nothing to See Here, maybe?
3.5⭐

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

kspenmoll Lots of drinks!!! 6mo
ImperfectCJ @kspenmoll Indeed! So. Many. Drinks. I always have this vague concern that I might not be safe to drive after reading anything by this generation of authors, there's so much alcohol in their stories. 6mo
kspenmoll @ImperfectCJ 😂😂😂 6mo
Eggs War, ships, and lots of alcohol 🤣 6mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Panpan

In the end, I really felt nothing for this book. I could appreciate that Dos Passos was being really very clever and experimental and all of that, but perhaps just too much so for me to actually enjoy reading. He makes some good points about the “upwardly mobile“ classes in capitalist systems, but he was too busy Doing A Thing(TM), in my opinion. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/nineteen-nineteen-john-dos-passos/

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Liz_M
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Reached page 301 on the morning commute! #ChunksterChallenge2020, @Amiable

Amiable Yay! 💃🏻🕺🎉 3y
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Liz_M
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I've read, in three days, the perplexing and enthralling The Fifth Season and the mostly charming The Charwoman's Daughter. I am still delighted by Anniversaries and will continue on with 1919.

#BookReport

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JazzFeathers
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A title to add to my WWI TBR pile.
I have another book with this exact cover.

Cathythoughts I have this trilogy on my shelf ... but I‘m looking at it from a distance .... it‘s scaringly long ... 3y
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twohectobooks
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Mehso-so

The second book of the USA trilogy wasn‘t as good as the first and ends on a major downer. The biggest problem was that, this being basically plotless, the characters are the most important thing, and I didn‘t connect with any of the characters in this one as much as the first. Still, I‘m planning to finish. On to The Big Money! #modernlibrarytop100

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twohectobooks
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#bedsidetablebooks

Started one last night, finished another this morning, hoping to finish the tagged book this weekend.

Melissa_J So, is it cold enough there for you? 🥶 4y
twohectobooks @Melissa_J it is WAY TOO COLD 4y
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twohectobooks
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After two weeks of reading, I‘ve finally reached the midpoint of this book. Not enjoying it as much as the first, needless to say.

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twohectobooks
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Haven‘t had much time for reading this week, so I‘ll be indulging myself today.

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AshleyHoss820
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Mehso-so

Ah, the sophomore book. Not the opening, not the conclusion. Here, we are introduced to different characters than in 42nd Parallel. Some were side characters in Book 1, some are brand new. All are woeful, morose, tragic. America at war, America just learning of Armistice. What‘s next for those who made it through 1919? On to The Big Money, to find out... #1001Books

⚠️ MULTIPLE uses of MULTIPLE racial slurs, especially by Joe Williams...the dick.

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AshleyHoss820
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Iiiiiiiiin West Philadelphia, born and raised! I do this every time... I swear, I am a very busy adult with many important things to do...
#1001Books

batsy 😁 Love it! 5y
JackOBotts 😆 You are not alone... 5y
julesG 😁👏 5y
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knittedgnome Lol! So many words trigger songs from me! 5y
riversong153 Hahahahaha! 5y
AshleyHoss820 @batsy Thank you!! Clearly, I do too...😄 5y
AshleyHoss820 @JackOBotts YES!! That makes me feel better!! 😊😊😊 5y
AshleyHoss820 @julesG 😊😊😊 5y
AshleyHoss820 @knittedgnome It‘s a blessing and a curse, am I right!? 😂😂😂 5y
knittedgnome @AshleyHoss820 my teen would definitely say a curse!!! Lol! 5y
BarbaraBB 😂😂 5y
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB 😄😄😄 5y
vivastory 😂 I had to mentally finish the song so it wouldn't be stuck in my head all weekend. 5y
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory Same, my friend! Same! 😄😄😂 5y
ValerieAndBooks Love it 😂! 5y
AshleyHoss820 @ValerieAndBooks Haha!! Thanks! 😄 5y
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AshleyHoss820
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1️⃣ Oh, yes! I‘m a Nebraskan. We take our food and our football seriously. Although, I don‘t care about either team this year, so I‘ll just crochet and care about the commercials. 😄
2️⃣ It SAYS high of 42* but it‘ll probably feel like half that.
3️⃣ John Adams (David McCullough), North & South (Elizabeth Gaskell), 1919 (John dos Passos)
4️⃣ SCOTLAND!! My maiden name is Turnbull. I wanna see Fatlips Castle!
5️⃣✋🏻✋🏻✋🏻
#friyayintro

tpixie 5y
Susanita ✋🏻 5y
AshleyHoss820 @tpixie @Susanita Hi guys!! 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻 5y
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umbrellagirl Scotland 💙 5y
Lynnsoprano 🖐 5y
AshleyHoss820 @umbrellagirl Right!? 😄💚 5y
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AshleyHoss820
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Ugh...talk about things changing yet staying the same, eh @julesG ?

julesG 🙈 5y
AshleyHoss820 @julesG Same reaction here! 😄 5y
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AshleyHoss820
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*1930‘s editors*
“Guys...he wrote ‘shit‘!”
“Well, we can‘t print that! Put a line in the middle!”
“How about the N-word?”
“That‘s just swell, Pete! Tell ya what: To be fair, let‘s make sure to use all the derogatory terms for all the races.”
“And spell ‘em out, Ted?”
“Yep. Spell ‘em all the way out!”
“But don‘t spell out ‘shit‘?”
“H–ll no, Pete! Don‘t be so vulgar!”

AllenTStClair 😂🤣😢 5y
batsy To laugh or to cry... 5y
julesG @batsy right! 5y
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AshleyHoss820 @AllenTStClair @batsy @julesG YES!! All of the emotions!! I actually really enjoy the book(s), I just wish he‘d tone it down a notch...I‘m trying to remind myself “1930s, 1930s, 1930s...” 🙄🙄🙄🤬 5y
julesG Just shows how much has changed, and how little. 5y
AshleyHoss820 @julesG So true. It‘s a bit disheartening to be reading along and 💥! 😕 5y
rohit-sawant What @batsy said. 5y
AshleyHoss820 @rohit-sawant Agreed! 5y
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Leftcoastzen
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#forfontssake #AndItsAugust The Cain and Dos Passos from the 30's . The Chase, 1929.Love old fonts!

batsy You have a great selection of vintage editions! 5y
Leftcoastzen @batsy I used to eat a light lunch and save lunch money for old books❤️ 5y
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