- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: March 8, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004R0T2BC
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Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer Audiobook – Unabridged
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It seems like the wily, winding prose that made this book so noticeable to the Pulitzer committee back in 1997 now make it feel a bit outdated, stilted and alienated from its own subject matter. Beyond a doubt it's well-written and masterfully edited, but as reviewer Ethan Cooper points out, it's a book of seeming contradictions ...
On the one hand, it's about a bootstrapping entrepreneur. On the other hand, it spends most of its effort and length focusing on the more fantastical elements of his career and creations.
On the one hand, it's exhaustively descriptive of these fantastical elements. On the other, it's completely oblique in regards to the more intimate aspects of its secondary plot (Martin's romantic life). It seems clear that we're to conclude Caroline is a closet lesbian and Emmeline may have had an ongoing affair with Martin ... but it's hard to assume these types of things when everything else is so explicit.
On the one hand, the book is ostensibly directing Millhauser's gifted fantasies toward a nostalgic look at Old New York and The American Dream (tm). On the other, we get only passing glances at the city, as Millhauser uses it to tell the most cookie-cutter tale he possibly could--given the setting and subject matter.
By the end of our story, Martin seems unchanged. It's supposed to be empowering, but it seems like he hasn't really learned all that much and I can't help feeling many readers are left feeling the same way.
The writer spends a lot of time detailing the impressive hotels Martin envisions and builds. But as he tries to make up for his lack of success in his personal life by over compensating in his business life, he fails at both.
It's sad, but he is not broken. He looks at it like this; he was not broken by failure, he was not broken by fear of failure, so in a way he has succeeded in a way many of us hold ourselves back from. He has tested the full limits of his knowledge, skills and abilities. He has no regrets.
We see where he went wrong. Eventually he sees where he went wrong too, but he argues; how can he see it as the wrong choice, since it is the logical choice, the natural choice to choose beauty over plainness, to choose form over function.
He rolled his dice till they came up snake eyes and he has no regrets. We should be happier for him, but I was not happier - maybe just a little wiser.
Enjoy this book, I did. I recommend it.