Three Soldiers

Three Soldiers

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Part of the generation that produced Ernest Hemingway and Ford Madox Ford, John Dos Passos wrote one of the most grimly honest portraits of World War I. Three Soldiers portrays the lives of a trio of army privates: Fuselli, an Italian American store clerk from San Francisco; Chrisfield, a farm boy from Indiana; and Andrews, a musically gifted Harvard graduate from New York. Hailed as a masterpiece on its original publication in 1921, Three Soldiers is a gripping exploration of fear and ambition, conformity and rebellion, desertion and violence, and the brutal and dehumanizing effects of a regimented war machine on ordinary soldiers.

Baker & Taylor
A young American soldier is disillusioned about life as well as war, during his tour of duty in France in World War I.

Blackwell North Amer
Three Soldiers portrays the lives of a trio of army privates: Fuselli, an Italian American store clerk from San Francisco; Chrisfield, a farm boy from Indiana; and Andrews, a musically gifted Harvard graduate from New York. Hailed as a masterpiece on its original publication in 1921, Three Soldiers is a gripping exploration of fear and ambition, conformity and rebellion, desertion and violence, and the brutal and dehumanizing effects of a regimented war machine on ordinary soldiers.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002
Edition: Modern Library paperback edition
ISBN: 9780375760860
0375760865
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOSPA...J
Characteristics: xviii, 392 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: 3 soldiers
Notes: Originally published: 1921

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lukasevansherman
Dec 15, 2013

John Dos Passos is sadly neglected today even though his massive trilogy "U.S.A." has a pretty good claim to one of the great American novels of the 20th century and recently inspired George Packer's "The Unwinding." This earlier novel, drawing on his experiences in World War I, should take its place alongside other classics of the era such as "A Farewell to Arms," "All Quiet on the Western Front" and Cummings's "The Enormous Room." The experimental style that would flourish in "U.S.A." is embryonic here, particularly in the use of snippets of songs and other languages (it's polyphonic!). We take for granted that all war novels are cynical about patriotism, government and the military, and this may be one of the first to present the military as a force designed to turn men into unthinking, killing machines ("Machines" is even the name of a section). The dark humor and pessimism about warfare would find their way into the three great American WW2 novels: "Slaughterhouse Five," "Catch-22" and "Gravity's Rainbow."

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