By John Jakes
America's grasp storyteller first brought readers to the Crown relatives in "Homeland." because the moment new release comes of age, the Crowns try to discover their position in a turbulent the USA on the sunrise of a brand new century. From the speedways of Detroit to the glamour of younger Hollywood to the bold heights of early aviation, theirs is a narrative of ardour and experience, glory and ambition.
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Paul heard the sickening sound of Julie’s head hitting the pavement. He yelled her name, abandoned the camera, charged across the street, ignoring a hot iron of pain that seared his back. Julie lifted her head groggily, supporting herself on her hands a moment before she collapsed again. “Stand back, bucko,” a bobby said, hanging onto Paul’s lapels. ” Paul punched the copper in the stomach, bruising his knuckles as he sent the man reeling. He dodged another truncheon, shot his hands out to seize the ofﬁcer who’d kicked Julie; the man was turned away from him, issuing orders.
Whether they had hissing boilers, buzzing batteries, or sputtering gas engines didn’t matter. They all excited him. They were machines, and he loved machinery. Autos were no longer jokes, as they had been at ﬁrst; now they were symbols of power and wealth—rolling, snorting, smoking marvels of the new century. Still, not everyone liked them. Dr. Wilson of Princeton had stated publicly that they were frivolous and ostentatious toys only the rich could afford. Thus they promoted unrest, socialism, and anarchy among the poor.
The projector was shielded in a curtained booth at the rear of the long, rectangular room. Fritzi didn’t recognize the operator tinkering with the machine; the young man from the play group wasn’t on PAUL’S PICTURES 33 duty. Thank heaven for that. She’d never bothered to hide her feelings about the moving pictures. Instead of wooden benches there were chairs, a hundred or more, not an assortment from drugstores, ice cream parlors, and secondhand shops, but all alike. The Bijou Dream employed a piano player whose upright sat next to the canvas screen, and a lecturer, a gentleman in a midnight blue tuxedo who introduced and explained each batch of footage from a podium on the opposite side.
American dreams by John Jakes