Three Soldiers Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 982 KB
- ASIN : B0084AEP3Q
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Publication Date : May 17, 2012
- Print Length : 253 pages
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1519781326
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,809 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Published in 1920 Dos Passos tale may come to you slowly as you adjust to the cadence of the unfamiliar vernacular as well as the time breaks of his paragraphs. But in time it will very likely start to play with your subconscious in the most exciting way. There is an underling story that carries its own weigh about a period when the world had gone to play at the mindless drama of war, wasting away the lives of millions and with apparently no lessons learned. But it is not a war novel; although some have termed it an anti-war novel.
The beauty of his writing is found in simple descriptive sentences that well may set you day dreaming about very different occurrences in your own life and times. He is so observant of the human condition in its many forms that he is never far from someone's experiences and memories.
The man himself is worthy of study and Wikipedia's capsule on him is worth viewing. You very likely will enjoy The Three Soldiers, you may love it. Dos Passos was always searching for something better and often only finding disappointment, but my God he could write and his later trilogy is a recognize classic; its flow of consciousness style copied again and again. Most recently by George Packer's Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.
What I love about the book are the physical descriptions of Paris and the French countryside. You can see the talent emerging in this early work and the passions at work in the "lost generation." That emotion, that honestly, is what makes it an interesting read.
I do not accept the opinion that this is an anti-war novel - there is hardly any mention of the horrors of war. Rather, it is a story of how three men tried to cope within a highly structured, tightly controlled society. Fuselli tries to accept the Army and advance to corporal but, ironically, he loses his promotion as well as his girl friend through no fault of his own. Christfield is a misfit and holds grudges that leads to violence and his own downfall; even today, there seems to be a Chistfield in every Army unit. Fuselli and Christfield exit the story in their own way after making up a major part of the development of the story of Andrews, whose ideological sense of personal freedom leads him down a self-destructive path that makes no sense to those around him. It is with Andrews that the reader can feel the futileness of Army life, the hopeless that comes with a deserter when abandoned by friends, and Andrews' lonesome acceptance of his fate which is so skillfuly written, so well expressed, that it made me read this book again right away.