John Dos Passos
- Title: Манхатън
- Author: John Dos Passos
- ISBN: 9788498191219
- Page: 158
- Format: Hardcover
Considered by many to be John Dos Passos s greatest work, Manhattan Transfer is an expressionistic picture of New York New York Times in the 1920s that reveals the lives of wealthy power brokers and struggling immigrants alike From Fourteenth Street to the Bowery, Delmonico s to the underbelly of the city waterfront, Dos Passos chronicles the lives of characters strugConsidered by many to be John Dos Passos s greatest work, Manhattan Transfer is an expressionistic picture of New York New York Times in the 1920s that reveals the lives of wealthy power brokers and struggling immigrants alike From Fourteenth Street to the Bowery, Delmonico s to the underbelly of the city waterfront, Dos Passos chronicles the lives of characters struggling to become a part of modernity before they are destroyed by it.More than seventy five years after its first publication, Manhattan Transfer still stands as a novel of the very first importance Sinclair Lewis It is a masterpiece of modern fiction and a lasting tribute to the dual edged nature of the American dream.
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I’m going to pull a GJ (Ginnie Jones) here and state: ”Manhattan Transfer is a kaleidoscopic portrait of New York City in the first two decades of the 20th century that follows the changing fortunes of more than a dozen characters as they strive to make sense out of the chaos of modern urban existence.”Yeah, so that’s really what you need to know if you, you know, want the breakdown. Of course, I need to add my own two cents. ( Of course)Reading this was an act of love. My husband has tr [...]
Hopeless MigrationNew York City was, perhaps still is, defined not so much geographically as spiritually by the unfulfilled aspirations of the people who migrate to it. And those migrants historically have come as much from the American hinterland as they have from across the ocean. Manhattan Tranfer was a stop on the Pennsylvania Railroad in Newark, New Jersey before the tunnel under the Hudson connecting the mainline to Manhattan was completed. Once you arrived there, you had nowhere else to g [...]
Hustle and bustle of the Big CityNew York a the start of the twentieth century. Several stories interwoven demonstrate the chaos of city life. Characters range from rich, former rich, and poor. A great mix reflecting the city at the time.
It might be difficult to understand this novel if you've never lived in a large city. Dos Passos captures the chaos and disorientation of trying to survive in an urban battlefield, with all its violence, interruptions, temptations, anonymity, stimuli, and speed by writing in a still experimental modern style of cut-ups, fragments, and stream of consciousness. Manhattan Transfer's ferociously exciting to read, not only because it so accurately represents the physical sensations of modernity in ju [...]
Manhattan Transfer fu pubblicato nel 1925, quando Dos Passos era ancora dalla parte di Sacco e Vanzetti.“Ciò che c’è di più tremendo a New York è che quando ne avete fin sopra i capelli, non sapete più in quale altro posto andare. È il tetto del mondo. La sola cosa che ci rimane è girare e girare come lo scoiattolo in gabbia”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 [...]
How can be explained the complicated and fascinating relationship between the city and the narrator in all major Modernist works whose theme is urbanity? Think of James Joyce’s Dublin, dull and suffocating, with its Evelyns forever clued on the shore they dare not leave. Think of Henry Miller’s Paris, with its siren song that entangles the artists to better devour them. Think of Virginia Woolf’s London, collecting thoughts and fates in the glimpse of a park, the rush of a street, the passi [...]
Tra miseria e nobiltà.“Volti lungo la ferrovia; volti agli oblò. Sottovento, arrivava odore di marcio dalle navi cisterna all’ancora, un poco inclinate da un lato, con la bandiera gialla della quarantena afflosciata all’albero maestro.«Darei un milione di dollari», disse il vecchio, appoggiandosi ai remi, «per sapere che cosa vengono a fare.»«Vengono a dare un’occhiata», rispose il ragazzo seduto al timone. «Questo è il Paese delle opportunità, o no?»«Io so solo una cosa», [...]
I had avoided Dos Passos novels for fear that they would be deadeningly political. Was I ever wrong? This book is wonderfully enjoyable. Told in impressionistic vignettes the book moves quickly as stars on the Manhattan stage rise and fall. Dos Passos indictment of the materialism and soulessness of turn of the century New York is told with neither sentiment nor heartlessness, but falls in a middle ground-dispassionate. The time frames can be confusing. For instance, in the beginning the book,th [...]
Now that's a whole other kind of fiction. Something to cherish and treasure. It reads like a movie but the good kind. It doesn't really have a plot instead it follows the lives of a few characters throughout the years in early 1900, through WW1 and right before the 1929 crash but you can feel it coming. Written in 1925, translated in French in 1928, it still is as interesting and vibrant as it was then. New York shines through all the pages. Dark and light, how the richs live and how the poors d [...]
Of two best TV shows of this century, Breaking Bad is a deep character study; The Wire is a deep city study. Breaking Bad is about people; The Wire is about systems, architecture, an entire structure from the top to the bottom. That's a tough trick to pull off. It's not very inviting; there are necessarily many characters, some of whom you don't get to spend much time with, and it's hard to get into a story that keeps shifting under you. (This is also why nonfiction history books are way more fu [...]
Dove accadono le coseScegliere un punto da cui iniziare questa recensione è stato molto difficile, e non tanto per le 400 pagine fitte fitte in carattere minuscolo che compongono questo "Manhattan Transfer", quanto per il numero di personaggi e di situazioni che vanno a costruire una trama tanto intricata quanto inestricabile. Se però c'è una cosa che ho imparato, a me che piace perdere tempo dietro puzzle da migliaia di tessere, è che per fare un puzzle, per quanto sia complesso, magari puo [...]
Non un briciolo di senso artistico, non un bel monumento, non atmosfera storica: ecco New York. Sarà, ma allora perché questo libro esplode di energia, ritmo frenetico, voglia di nuovo? Anche se fin dall'inizio si capisce che non è possibile ricordare tutti i personaggi -forse ricordiamo tutte le persone sedute dietro di noi a un ristorante o che salgono e scendono dai tram? - si viene attratti dalla varietà di storie e microstorie e di come sono raccontate in poche parole con tanti dialoghi [...]
Bustling, jumpy and intense. For me, Manhattan Transfer was a different reading experience than I'm used to, but in a good way! Looking deep into New York life, you never get a sense that you're standing still, in the moment. There's always things going on around the single bit of narrative you're reading. Dos Passos' writing directly places you there, with fleeting looks at characters and detailed descriptions of the busy city. I, surprisingly, liked the complexity of this novel. It's not every [...]
The ferry-slip. A ferry, and a newborn baby. A young man comes to the metropolis and the story begins. It is a story of that metropolis: "The world's second metropolis." But it is really the latest in a line that extends backward in time to "Nineveh . . Athens . . . Rome . . . Constantinople . ." and others since.John Dos Passos presents stories of some of the people who call this metropolis, Manhattan, home near the beginning of the twentieth century. The novel is about New Yorkers and their st [...]
It's easy to see why this is considered a masterpiece. Dos Passos has painted a picture of New York City from the Gilded Age to the 20's. The actual plot wasn't that fascinating, but the writing style was exceptional. Using short prose-poems to begin each chapter, vignettes of people's lives, quotations from popular songs of the day, overheard conversations, newspaper headlines and more, we get a powerful portrait of the city.It's a portrait that could be considered anti-establishment. I know th [...]
-Adelantado a su tiempo entonces, todavía llamativo en estas épocas.- Género. Novela.Lo que nos cuenta. 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.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:librosdeolethros/
Now we are post credit-crunch this is probably a very good time to read this unusual American novel. At times it was hard to believe that Manhattan Transfer is describing the New York of 80+ years ago, so contemporary did it sometimes feel to me. The blurb on the back implies it is a novel about early 20's N.Y but this is rather inaccurate. My grasp of history is not good enough to be precise, but the story certainly spans a period of over twenty years, and only reaches the 20s in the third of t [...]
"There are lives to be lived if only you didn't care."I have to stop comparing books and authors (or at least stop doing it as superficially as I do) but I can't help it with this 1925 expressionist montage of many lives clinging to Manhattan, sinking or swimming, giving up, going on, changing their names, caring for all the wrong things (apparently), battered by luck and buffeted by economics, war and desire. The bottom line is (I think) the randomness of our lives, and how little New York care [...]
Manhattan Transfer procura ser el relato de la vida de una ciudad: de su crecimiento, transformación y fluctuación. Para ello, la ciudad muestra sus tentáculos en las vidas que se cruzan y se disuelven, que juegan a la felicidad y se esmeran a dejarlo todo por cumplir cada uno de sus sueños; sueños que, dicho sea, se permiten en virtud de todo lo que una ciudad en crecimiento (como viene siendo Nueva York en la década de 1920). El relato es fragmentario y cruzado: cada personaje tiene una [...]
things this book made me think of: difficulty of representation of dialect (the book is easy to read but endlessly dialogue), of character sketches (there are so many, so varied), of plot represented by vignettes (like watching dancing routines in tenement windows from a passing elevated train), of trying to integrate, emulate, all the noise, confusion, of the chaotic modern city (in a determinedly modernist way), of how in our urban multiplicity it is not surprising some readers like immersive, [...]
En este libro no hay un protagonista claro (Nueva York, quizás) sino una miríada de voces que se entrelazan a través del tiempo y de las que somos testigos durante pequeñas ventanas abiertas. La estructura misma de la narración refleja a la perfección la vida frenética de la gran ciudad: los personajes pasan ante nuestros ojos una y otra vez, pero el número de ellos y la velocidad a la que ocurre todo nos deja confusos en más de una ocasión. Las constantes interrupciones del relato fun [...]
Ho desiderato tanto leggere questo libro. Una voce nuova e diversa dalla generazione perduta. Una voce dall'America della generazione perduta. E in parte ne ho ricavato soddisfazione, perché Dos Passos è un mirabile cantore di una metropolitanità folle, fatta di un sottobosco di piccoli imbroglioni, ubriachi, attricette più o meno troie, gente che tira a campare e affaristi che vanno dalle stalle alle stelle e viceversa in un battito di ciglia. Solo in parte, perché, nonostante quella in mi [...]
Hello Everybodybeen meaning to tryManhattan Transfer for about 20 yearsManhattantold in a hundred or so very short storiesthat connect,don't connectinter connectand re connectdon't even tryto think of this as one story its hundreds of plotseach with a life of its owncharacterscome and gosome appearnever to be seen againsome appear to be seen fifty or more pages latereasy to lose trackwhere you arebut it's almost as ifit does not matteropen the bookto any pagefind yourself sucked in to a little s [...]
Here's someone I wanted to read for ages and finally got around to--happy that I did. Dos Passos falls into the semi-classic lefty bind of making what he's ostensibly critiquing also seem awesome: his descriptions of the interiors of the wealthy make them seem amazing, even with the smart set throwing up in wastepaper baskets in the midst of these interiors. The novel sort of makes you spit out cliches in describing it, as it is in fact big, sprawling, Joycean, less about characters than about t [...]
A Babel of voices. The reality of a whole made from a myriad of parts. Using the many stories of a wide assortment of characters to make a portrait of New York City in the early years of the 20th century, its device of character snapshots to tell the story reminded me most of Camilo Jose Cela's novel The Hive, which does the same thing for Madrid. Not as ambitious as the USA Trilogy, but it is considered by some to be Dos Passos's greatest work.
Едно голямо смело платно от крачки, дим, аромати, очаквания, съдби, зарязани завинаги в някои от страниците герои Едновременно динамичен и пасивен Ню Йорк, описан не с думи, а с къси удари на четка
Avendo avuto la fortuna di visitare New York, percepisco alla perfezione come ogni pagina di questo libro riveli ancor oggi gli “splendori e miserie” di una città così multiforme e straordinaria che non si può non idolatrare, ma nemmeno non rimanerne inorriditi. Parole che si fanno odori, calore, luce, vetro, rumori…, trascinando con sé le esistenze umane più disparate, accomunate dall’accalcarsi febbrile nella “città che sale” (per dirla con Boccioni).New York è l’inferno e [...]
A literary landmark, even if I didn't especially enjoy it half as much as the fucking luminary USA Trilogy. Interlocking characters, storylines, vignettes, these are all things I generally like, but the thing doesn't cohere, and while there's definitely such a thing as delightful incoherence and ample room for the weird and unknowable (The Crying of Lot 49, Antonioni's Blow-Up, the most recent Kanye West album), Manhattan Transfer doesn't quite make it. Still, it's admirable as a modernist exper [...]
A whirlwind of a novel, American high modernism at its best. The paintings of Demuth come to mind, and Epstein's sculptures, and William Carlos Williams poetry And yet it's a completely different universe, ever changing too (across time but also from street to street). Outstanding.
Funny, bloated socialist pamphlet masquerading as experimental Modernist novel. Gain and drops characters at will, as New York does. A portrait of a city in the pangs of rebirth. Pretty images and a memorable ensemble (we will always love you, Emile!).
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