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Three Soldiers

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Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that takes readers on a journey through the experiences of three young men during World War I. The author skillfully captures the struggles and disillusionment faced by soldiers as they grapple with the harsh realities of war.

The novel is written in a fragmented style, with shifting perspectives and stream-of-consciousness passages that effectively convey the chaotic and disorienting nature of war. Dos Passos does a brilliant job of depicting the emotional and psychological toll that combat takes on the soldiers, as well as the deep sense of alienation and isolation that many of them feel.

One of the strengths of Three Soldiers is its vivid and realistic portrayal of the horrors of war, including the senseless violence, brutality, and destruction that the soldiers witness and participate in. The author does not shy away from showing the ugly side of war, and this grim depiction adds depth and authenticity to the story.

Overall, Three Soldiers is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that offers a poignant and compelling exploration of the impact of war on individuals. Dos Passos' powerful writing and vivid imagery make this a book that will linger in readers' minds long after they have finished it.

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Three Soldiers, the second novel by John Dos Passos, follows the experiences of several young Americans thrown into the confusion and brutality of World War I.

Written when the author was just twenty-three, it was key to the development of a realistic depiction of war in American literature, and earned Dos Passos, later named by Jean-Paul Sartre "the greatest living writer of our time", important early attention.

Critic H L Menken said of it: "no war story can be written in the United States without challenging comparison with it--and no story that is less meticulously true will stand up to it. It changed the whole tone of American opinion about the war; it even changed the recollections of actual veterans of the war. They saw, no doubt, substantially what Dos Passos saw, but it took his bold realism to disentangle their recollections from the prevailing buncombe and sentimentality".

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