Start your review of The 42nd Parallel U. Andrew Carnegie believed in iron, built bridges Bessemer plants blast furnaces rolling mills; Andrew Carnegie believed in oil; Andrew Carnegie believed in steel; always saved his money whenever he had a million dollars he invested it. Andrew Carnegie became the richest man in the world "Andrew Carnegie started out buying Adams Express and Pullman stock when they were in a slump; he had confidence in railroads, he had confidence in communications, he had confidence in transportation, he believed in iron. Andrew Carnegie became the richest man in the world and died. His father also had issues with him given that he had the audacity to swell the belly of HIS mistress.
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Start your review of The 42nd Parallel U. Andrew Carnegie believed in iron, built bridges Bessemer plants blast furnaces rolling mills; Andrew Carnegie believed in oil; Andrew Carnegie believed in steel; always saved his money whenever he had a million dollars he invested it.
Andrew Carnegie became the richest man in the world "Andrew Carnegie started out buying Adams Express and Pullman stock when they were in a slump; he had confidence in railroads, he had confidence in communications, he had confidence in transportation, he believed in iron. Andrew Carnegie became the richest man in the world and died. His father also had issues with him given that he had the audacity to swell the belly of HIS mistress.
The elder Dos Passos was a distinguished lawyer friendly with the industrial capitalists. He made out their trusts, advised them, and made a heap of cabbage doing so. The 42nd Parallel is the first of three novels that make up the U.
Dos Passos used his first few novels to rail against capitalism and showed sympathy for communism which did not have the stigma associated with it that came into play in the s.
This novel had twelve characters that each get a chance to tell their story. The four narrative modes In the fictional narrative sections, the U. Each character is presented to the reader from their childhood on and in free indirect speech. While their lives are separate, characters occasionally meet. Some minor characters whose point of view is never given crop up in the background, forming a kind of bridge between the characters. Camera Eye 50 arguably contains the most famous line of the trilogy, when Dos Passos states upon the executions of Sacco and Vanzetti: "all right we are two nations.
Newsreel 66, preceding Camera Eye 50, announcing the Sacco and Vanzetti verdict, contains the lyrics of "The Internationale. The most often anthologized of these biographies is "The Body of an American", which tells the story of an unknown soldier who was killed in World War I which concludes Nineteen Nineteen. The blending of these modes is where Dos Passos brilliance really shines.
I did not feel irritated at the switches between narratives, but read each new section with equal fascination. It was really a precursor to TV with, in this case, informative commercial breaks between sections of storyline. Some of them are capitalist and some are self proclaimed communists, but at the end of the day all the characters are concerned, primarily, about keeping a roof over their head and food in their mouth.
To me a blending of communist and capitalist ideas comes as close to a perfect society as we can get. Contrary to what I had been taught, in an anti-communist environment, the will of the individual would be tempered under such a concept, and yet; on Star Trek these people I admired were individualistic and motivated to be successful.
His mother taught him what she knew at home and read eighteenth century writers with him, Gibbon and Hume and Newton, and let him rig up a laboratory in the cellar. Whenever he read about anything he went down in the cellar and tried it out. The concept of a happy worker is a productive worker was not even a sparkle in the eye of Carnegie or Rockefeller.
They were more concerned about who could pile up the most money and labor, though necessary for them to become rich, was only notated on the deficit side of the ledger. There is such an anti-union sentiment in the country today, forgetting what wonderful advancements unions gave us, and also completely ignoring that the tycoons of today are the same as the tycoons of the 19th century.
For the sake of huge profits NOW corporations forget that people have to have money to buy the products they are producing. The money goes down and then it comes back up.
Everybody needs skin in the game. Viva la Revolucion! One bed is not enough, one job is not enough, one life is not enough. At night, head swimming with wants, he walks by himself alone. I was naive enough to feel that I could do everything. The world was my oyster to paraphrase some hack writer from England. To be successful of course, something I was also eventually concerned about which also jettisoned me out of the halycyon days of the book business, it did become necessary to choose, make concessions, and pick of path that would allow me to achieve some semblance of security.
I got married and had kids and suddenly any reckless thought was carefully weighed and generally rejected in favor of the decision with less risk. The Wobblies are coming! One of the characters Mac finds himself caught on the treadmill trying to make more and more money to please his wife and kids.
He enjoys his life despite the stress. His wife is pretty and the way she smells and feels when she is in his arms provides a comfort. His kids put a smile on his face. Money drives a wedge in his marriage and after one particularly bad fight he chooses to chuck it all and heed the call of the communist movement. He finds the cause exhilarating for a while, but ultimately discovers that trading his family for a larger cause is not as fulfilling as he hoped.
They are all hard working people trying to find their place in this world. The stream of conscious writing is not difficult to follow. The influence Dos Passos must have had on a whole host of writers before he was duck walked off stage in the growing anti-communist sentiment of the s and s, would make an interesting PHD paper for some earnest young person.
I will continue with the rest of the trilogy in the early months of with great anticipation.
The 42nd Parallel, 1930
His father was married and had a son several years older than John. John traveled as a child extensively with his mother, who was an invalid and preferred Europe. His parents later arranged for him to travel with a private tutor on a six-month tour of France , England , Italy , Greece , and the Middle East to study the masters of classical art, architecture, and literature. Cummings , who said there was a "foreignness" about Dos Passos, and "no one at Harvard looked less like an American. Later, he also worked as a volunteer ambulance driver with the American Red Cross in north-central Italy.
John Dos Passos