Books: Growth of a Nation

THE 42x0 PARALLEL—John Dos Passes —Harper ($2.50).

The Great American Novel has never been written, perhaps never will be. But Author Dos Passos has made a bold bid for it. Certainly no U. S. novel has ever been more comprehensive than The 42nd Parallel, none has ever given a broader, more sweeping view of the whole country. At the opposite pole from Author Thornton Niven Wilder (TIME, Feb. 24) who writes neat, classical tales of other lands. Author Dos Passos unwinds a rapid, impressionistic, five-reel cinema of his own U. S., from 1900...

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