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Dreiser's story unfolds in the measured cadences of an earlier era. This sometimes works brilliantly as we follow the choices, small and large, that lead some characters to doom and others to glory. On the other hand, the middle chapters--of which there are many--do drag somewhat, even when one appreciates Dreiser's intentions. If you can make it through the sagging midsection, however, you'll be rewarded by Sister Carrie's last 150 pages, which depict the harrowing downward spiral of one of the book's central characters. Here Dreiser portrays with brutal power how the wrong decision--or lack of decision--can lay waste to a life. --Rebecca Gleason --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Carrie moves along but without committing her heart. She is an opportunist, she dreams of better things, but then when opportunity knocked, she moves on despite those she hurts and... Read morePublished 29 days ago by L. Standridge-Santopietro
What I liked about this book is having another view into how people lived in Chicago and New York in the late 1800's, and that the author shows how people can slip into a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ora
Some years ago I read with enjoyment Dreiser's masterly crafted novel the American Tragedy, and was looking forward to reading Sister Carrie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judith Petres Balogh
If you must read this book for a class, do yourself a favor and buy a copy that provides explanatory notes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeri Massi