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The greatest novel of the 20th Century?,
This review is from: U.S.A. (Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)
'USA' is one of the greatest works of fiction of the 20th Century- a sprawling piece of American Modernism. William Burroughs felt that along with 'The Sheltering Sky' (Paul Bowles) & 'The Wasteland' it developed the 'cut-up' technique before he coined it with Brion Gysin...Joycean-academic & late,great novelist Anthony Burgess saw it as doing similarly great things with language & speech as 'Ulysees'- drawing a comparison between it, Joyce's masterpiece & Hubert Selby Jr's 'Last Exit to Brooklyn'...The three novels collected here...are 'The Big Money', 'The 42nd Parallel' & '1919'- & are puntuated with 'newsreel' & 'camera eye' sections- which serve as an interlude & provide a removed perspective from the shifting collection of protaganists we meet on the way...Anyone who has enjoyed Don DeLillo's 'Underworld' should love this book- in many ways DeLillo's vast work is a successor to Dos Passos' tome.Other books it is not dissimilar to include 'Earthly Powers', 'The Adventures of Augie March' & aspects of Jack Keroauc..I am told that 'Manhattan Transfer' is very good- & it is the place where Dos Passos developed his style, so you might want to read that first...However, I'd just dive in to this vast,riveting work- it is one that you could read fast (& want to re-read ASAP) or one that you can savour over time- like 'The Alexandria Quartet' or 'Remembrance of Things Past'...'USA' is a brilliant book- don't be put off by its size. I believe it is a contender for the greatest novel of the 20th Century.
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Initial post: 12 Jan 2012 20:53:07 GMT
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Very good comparisons. I haven't read "Ulysses", but "The Sheltering Sky", "The Wasteland", "Underworld", "Earthly Powers", "The Alexandria Quartet" and "Remembrance of Things Past" are all among my favourite books. "USA" is easily up there in that company.
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