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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 

I think I need to find a copy of the U.S.A. trilogy

Excellent review over at the New Yorker of what sounds like a very interesting book about Hemingway, Dos Passos and the Spanish Civil War.

I've circled Dos Passos for a while without ever quite moving in for the kill. If you read U.S.A., please let me know what you think.

I've read the first 2/3 of USA, which seems about right. Good enough to make me move onto the second, but not quite good enough to make be grab that third one. It's a good example of that journalistic style, and a nice portrait of the era from various perspectives. I'm sure I'll finish at some point, but there wasn't any individual thing pulling me on -- it's more enjoyable as depiction than story, and depiction runs out after a few hundred pages for me.

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