Against the Day Weblog

January 24, 2007


Filed under: Notes — basileios @ 8:33 am

“Frank respected this – who at some point hadn’t come to hate the railroad? It penetrated, itr broke apart cities and wild herds and watersheds, it created economic panics and armies of jobless men and women, and generations of hard, bleak city-dwellers with no principles who ruled with unchecked power, it took away everything indiscriminately, to be sold, to be slaughtered, to be led beyond the reach of love.”

page 930

Railroads appear in quite a few instances in Against the Day as symbols of modernity, as elements of evil. The railway network appears similar to the border in Mason & Dixon as an unnatural violation of nature which has an impact in all human society.

Too bad that I like traveling by train….


  1. I kept thinking about the feng-shui master in M&D, talking about the scar that the surveying party was placing onto the earth.

    But here, it also brings up pictures of the interstate, too, ruining towns, etc.

    Comment by ben — February 5, 2007 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  2. and “The Machine in the Garden” by Leo Marx

    Comment by Pynch — September 12, 2007 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

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