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by John Dos Passos
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?I regard Dos Passos as the greatest writer of our time.? ?Jean-Paul Sartre
Considered by many as a masterpiece, John Dos Passos "Three Soldiers" is an authentic portrait of the horrible conditions of the First World War. As the title would suggest it is the story of three soldiers caught up in the machinery of war. "Three Soldiers" is a gripping and psychological portrait of the terror of war and the consequences for its participants.
Anybody know where the electricity turns on? asked the sergeant in a good-humored voice. "Here it is." The light over the door of the barracks snapped on, revealing a rotund cheerful man with a little yellow mustache and an unlit cigarette dangling out of the corner of his mouth. Grouped about him, in overcoats and caps, the men of the company rested their packs against their knees.
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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.
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“I regard Dos Passos as the greatest writer of our time.” —Jean-Paul Sartre
About the Author
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.
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