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In a sense, the central character of the novel is the whole teeming city of New
York, which is rendered impressionistically, almost in terms of Imagist poetry:
Three gulls wheel above the broken boxes, orangerinds, spoiled cabbage heads
But you can take away, and keep on taking away, section after section of U.S.A.
without structural loss: whole passages from the news reels, for example, even
the biographies. One could extract the Camera Eye sequences — do they ever, ...
Through their prayers we learn the past lives of Gabriel, his wife and John in a
series of flashbacks: a whole intricate dramatic pattern of sin and guilt and
repentance underlying their lives is revealed. And the novel ends with John's
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As with the predecessor, 'Tradition and Dream' is just a great piece of literary history. But it's better than the earlier history (which dealt with English fiction until about 1914) for a few reasons ... Read full review
The Southern Novel Between the Wars
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