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Manhattan Transfer: John Dos Passos (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Come più tardi accadrà a Don De Lillo con "Underworld", un cimento simile si può tentare di affrontare solamente con l'accostamento di infinite immagini micrscopiche, che tutte insieme possono dare una impressione di quel ciclopico e mostruoso essere vivente che è la grande mela. Combining alien invasion with apocalyptic survival dependent on engineering skills, with enough characterization to support the story line. I loved the portrait of the city and the song -like character of the book which reminded me of people pursuing their dreams and of my own long fascination with New York City even though I have never lived there. In questa New York, madre abietta, spietata eppure splendida e seducente, nel cui ventre pullulano figlie e figli, schegge di vite e storie s’intersecano, si sfiorano e mai si toccano; creature in cerca della loro occasione. That aspect can be jarring sometimes, but I think it accelerates the read as you feel like the pace of life in New York is so fast that there isn't even time to use the spacebar.

Which… I suppose… isn’t all that unlike living in a city… trying to remember who that person who is smiling at you in the corner market and do you really know them or is it someone that you might have seen at a friend’s apartment and it turns out that they’re actually your neighbor down the hall… Yeah, not unlike that. Manhattan transfer appartient à ces rares livres que l'ont peut lire deux fois qu'ils perdent de leur fraicheur. So, I guess I’d have to say that the main character here IS the city… and how each character deals with it and how their ‘luck’ determines their ‘lot’ in life. The Joycean influence comes in the love of compound words but also in the general construction of the work: brief scenes, which are not given any context or background. The capitalism is only another way of destruction of the humankind, together with war, time and personal emotions.

Darei un milione di dollari», disse il vecchio, appoggiandosi ai remi, «per sapere che cosa vengono a fare. In 1917 he volunteered for the Sanitary Squad Unit 60 of the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps, along with Edward Estlin Cummings and Robert Hillyer.

It’s like sitting on a park bench at a playground and making up stories for each person there and then going back in two weeks and trying to remember each scenario and continue on… You may only follow them around for a page or two because they, you know, die or disappear (Where’d you go, Emile? Only thirty years later would John Dos Passos be recognized for his significant contribution in the literary field when, in 1967, he was invited to Rome to accept the prestigious Antonio Feltrinelli Prize. Even those with more wealth and power seem to be tossed around like those heaving cabbage heads in the water. La vida en Nueva York de un gran número de personajes a través de varias décadas, pero con la ciudad como protagonista, todos ellos ejemplos de las piezas individuales que hicieron de la ciudad y su sociedad lo que terminó siendo, en el sentido más positivo pero también en el más negativo.Think of James Joyce’s Dublin, dull and suffocating, with its Evelyns forever clued on the shore they dare not leave. it looks really difficult to handle such a story" and it proves so, with Stith so-and-so successful on the task. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. As for a reading experience, it is refreshing and relatively fast-moving, perhaps less-so than 42 Parallel which I started just after this one.

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