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The Magnificent Ambersons Paperback – March 10, 2016
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It was either he or Kurt Vonnegut and those in charge did not want the children reading evil words.
But, in any case, this is not really a bad book, at least compared to modern publications and I spent four decades buying various forms of media for the public. So, I should know. However, this title is probably a bit too slow for modern taste, but, at least, it is not “Penrod.”
If there is a moral, apparently it is that we will all get our comeuppance and fade away. I do, however, object to the spiritualism injected into both versions’ finale. The story had been presented straight forward without hocus-pocus until then. It was almost as if a writer from “One Step Beyond” had doctored the prose.
Other reviewers compare the Orsen Welles’ movie version to the book. It appeared to me that Welles diverged from the printed version only in two points, and I am not going to tell you what they are. Read the book and view the video to find out yourself.
The print version I read is from Indiana University Press and appears to be a copy of an original edition. The book was borrowed from another library and was purchased in 2009. From the volume’s immaculate condition, I would say I was the first person to read it.
But, do not let that stop you. “The Magnificent Ambersons” is a story worth reading and viewing.