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DANCING IN THE DARK A Cultural History of the Great Depression

by | Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

History • 21 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2009

The title refers to a Depression-era song that captured the zeitgeist of the New Deal society and culture. Focusing on the milieu of the 1930s, an art critic dwells on the enormous effect poverty and hopelessness made on American arts: films, novels, theater, and music. Dickstein provides examples from hundreds of sources, making peripatetic leaps through time as he pontificates. Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner inflects the narrative by nearly yelling at times and then dropping to a level that is barely audible. He does a Yiddish accent and reads complete lines of the language. After warming to Hillgartner’s turgid style, listeners may come to agree that he aptly reproduces the aesthetic changes Dickstein discusses in his gloomy Steinbeck-like portrayals of life and penury. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2010]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2010

CD ISBN 9781441762528 $39.95 • Nineteen CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781441762535 $44.95 • Two MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

 

Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2010

CS ISBN 9781441762504 $105.95 • Seventeen cassettes

CD ISBN 9781441762511 $123.00 • Nineteen CDs

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