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The Big Money

The Big Money

Written by John Dos Passos

Narrated by David Drummond


The Big Money

Written by John Dos Passos

Narrated by David Drummond

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4.5/5 (2 ratings)
Length:
19 hours
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Released:
Dec 27, 2010
ISBN:
9781400189120
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Description

The Big Money completes John Dos Passos's three-volume "fable of America's materialistic success and moral decline" (American Heritage) and marks the end of "one of the most ambitious projects that an American novelist has ever undertaken" (Time). Here we come back to America after the war and find a nation on the upswing. Industrialism booms. The stock market surges. Lindbergh takes his solo flight. Henry Ford makes automobiles. From New York to Hollywood, love affairs to business deals, it is a country taking the turns too fast, speeding toward the crash of 1929.

Ultimately, the novels of the U.S.A. trilogy—both individually and as a whole—paint a sweeping portrait of collective America and showcase the brilliance and bravery of one of its most enduring and admired writers.

Publisher:
Released:
Dec 27, 2010
ISBN:
9781400189120
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as bookBook


About the author

John Roderigo Dos Passos, January 14, 1896 - September 28, 1970, was an American novelist, most notable for his U.S.A. trilogy.

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    The Big Money is a very interesting and compelling novel that I'm glad to have read. It's actually the third book in the "USA Trilogy" following American culture through the first 3 decades of the 20th century (each novel covering one decade). The Big Money takes us through the 1920s.The style is experimental and at times a little odd because of that. Had I not been reading this as part of a class or with some notes to help guide me, I'm certain I would have missed a lot of the nuances.There are 4 different writing threads throughout the novel: * Lives (actual story arcs of fictional characters) * Biographies (mini-biographies of notable characters such as Ford, Hearst, and others) * Newsreels (snippets from newspaper, radio, pop culture and other elements…pieced together poetically to convey a thought or thread) * Camera Eye (commentary on what's going on…a sort of personal context outside of the story)The way the novel is pieced together is very intriguing and made for fun reading. It provides some very interesting insights into what social, political and cultural life was like during this timeframe. The size and content can certainly be daunting, but the presentation is in bite-sized chunks which makes it more manageable. Still, I would recommend you pay close attention and perhaps have a quick link to wikipedia or other reference material in order to get the full perspective. ****4 out of 5 stars