Three Soldiers

Three Soldiers

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Based on his personal experiences in France during the First World War, Dos Passos' novel is a fierce denunciation of the military.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 127.8 x 197.6 x 19.3mm | 293.61g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0141180277
  • 9780141180274
  • 437,382

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John Dos Passos had just returned from studying architecture in Spain when America entered World War I and - driven by the idealism that infected many young Americans (including Hemingway and e.e. cummings) - he joined up as a driver for the Ambulance Corps. His rapid and profound disillusionment forms the core of Three Soldiers, a fierce denunciation of the military and of the far-reaching social implications of its exploitation of young men. The novel focuses on three main characters: Andrews, a young composer who finally revolts against the war's deadening regimentation; Chrisfield, an Indiana farm boy who chants the words "make the world safe for democracy" to himself in a futile attempt to block out the noises and terrors of battle; and Fuselli, a clerk who clings to the dream of becoming a corporal despite the mockery of his fellow soldiers. Required to renounce their individuality and to conform with unquestioning obedience, each one, in different ways, is ineradicably scarred by the dehumanizing effects of war.
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"I regard Dos Passos as the greatest writer of our time." --Jean-Paul Sartre I regard Dos Passos as the greatest writer of our time. Jean-Paul Sartre"
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About John Dos Passos

John Dos Passos (1896-1970) was born in Chicago and graduated from Harvard in 1916. His service as an ambulance driver in Europe at the end of World War I led him to write Three Soldiers in 1919. A prolific travel writer, biographer, playwright, and novelist, he is an American classic of the twentieth century. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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831 ratings
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4 37% (304)
3 34% (279)
2 9% (75)
1 2% (18)
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