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VINE VOICEon February 7, 2017
This review refers specifically to the Kindle edition of Sister Carrie available for free on Amazon.

I read the Kindle edition on two different Kindles that I own, a new Fire Kindle, and an old, original Kindle. In both cases I experienced no problems of any kind and the text had few typos or errors.

About the book itself, Theodore Dreiser is an accomplished writer who knows how to tell a story well. From the beginning to the end I took great interest in Sister Carrie’s adventures. A country girl, Carrie moves to Chicago to seek her fortune and initially, has no success. She learns the hard way that the poor are exploited by the rich as she works on an assembly line in a factory.

Because of her good looks she is noticed by a traveling salesman, Charlie Drouet. He convinces Carrie to move in with him and her fortunes improve dramatically. Charlie gets Carrie a bit part in an amateur theatrical and Carrie does well. Drouet’s friend George Hurstwood meets Carrie and immediately is smitten by her looks and charm. Hurstwood steals money from his employers and tricks Carrie into leaving Chicago with him. After a brief stay in Montreal, the pair finally arrive in New York City where they find an apartment and begin their life together.

Now Carrie’s story and her adventures begin in earnest and Dreiser knows how to involve readers and keep them interested in what happens to Carrie and Hurstwood. Dreiser is less successful as an amateur philosopher and psychologist. Throughout the novel he steps aside and gives his thoughts about life and living. The clarity of thought demonstrated in his telling of Carrie’s story is not as evident in his philosophical and psychological ramblings. That said, this is a minor criticism. From beginning to end I was thoroughly engaged in this coming of age story of a young and attractive girl who must depend on herself and her own talent and ingenuity to survive in a hostile environment. The Kindle edition is well done and the price is certainly right – that is, free on Amazon Kindle. Highly recommended.
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on December 4, 2015
In this novel, a young lady leaves the family farm in Wisconsin to find a job in Chicago. On the train she meets a slightly older fellow who sweet talks her and convinces her that they should meet again. The young lady struggles to find a job, and while out searching for a job encounters the young man. He offers to set her up in an apartment with no strings, he implies. But before long they are posing as man and wife. She is generally satisfied with this arrangement, and has the promise of marriage from the young man though he is hard to nail down when it comes to setting a date. She admires the trappings of wealth, and when her "husband" introduces her to a wealthy middle aged man, she becomes enamored. He seems to offer everything that she wants. Eventually, they run off together - she, not knowing that he is married and leaving a family and his wealth behind. They struggle in New York. She leaves him and finds success as an actress. She appears to have everything that she ever wanted, but now realizes that there is more to life than chasing dreams of material success.
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on June 4, 2014
Dreiser's classic, "Sister Carrie," was on my list of novels to choose from for my English 102 required reading. I chose it due to online reviews and the storyline's personal appeal to me. While Dreiser does an excellent job of describing his settings in their full historical context from Chicago to New York City, and is very thorough about his explorations of his characters' minds, I thought his novel too abundant with unimportant (yet painstakingly described) characters, meaningless details, lengthy explanations, and self-important philosophical ponderings.

If you enjoy such literary journeys, however, give the book a read. Sister Carrie is unique for her time and her surroundings are fairly fascinating. I was unhappy with the somewhat chauvinistic undertone the story carries, although perhaps for the time period Dreiser would be considered fairly progressive. Many readers can likely identify with the story's opening theme, of a girl on her own for the first time, timid and feeling alone in a big, imposing city. Carrie's struggle with finding a job, money, independence, and her place in the world is easy to relate to and her inner journey is portrayed well. After reading the Shmoop review of the book, I decided I could have skipped laboring through Dreiser's long-winded writing and simply hopped through a few much catchier, more interesting scholarly critiques.

The bottom line: If you're looking to spend many hours soaking into the pages of a well-developed rags-to-riches tale, check out Sister Carrie. If you're looking to enjoy the gist in a jiff, just read the reviews.
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on October 29, 2016
Dreiser is a literary genius.What else can possibly be said? He had the courage to address the issues facing working women long before it was cool to do so. The sexual content that is mildly referred to includes how Carrie was sexually harassed by a male coworker in the factory in Chicago, how she was deceived by Hazelhurst who essentially just wanted her for a plaything. Yes, Dreiser upset quite a few folks back in the day, but he had the courage to address a timely issue which the status quo just wanted to sweep under the rug. Thanks, Mr. Dreiser for shedding a spot light on women's issues, factory life, greed, and obsession back when it wasn't the acceptable thing to do!
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on May 2, 2012
Sometimes free is too expensive. A brief sample:

"It was all wonderful, all mast, all far removed, and she sank in spirit inwardly and fluttered feebly as of the heart as she though of enter any one of these mighty concerns and asking for something to do something that she could do anything."

This is apparently an American book translated into Chinese, and then re-translated back into English. Or something of which I can maybe not be understanding to do with anything.
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on April 21, 2015
Theodore Dreiser captures the wealth and class gaps of the early 1900's. Poverty drives Carrie into dysfunctional relationships. Survival and unveiled ambition propel her from one man to the next. Lusting after this young and naive young woman, men responded to her beauty. She also needs to be taken care by each lover. Once each has elevated her to the next level, Carrie casts her lovers aside. Along the way, she gains knowledge and cunning. Perhaps the saddest figure is Hurstwood, a well off Chicago "resort" manager who has married into money. His passion to be with Carrie draws him from his status of being well off into the most desperate depths of early 1900's poverty. Carrie and Hurstwood change positions in terms of class, wealth, and fame.

Dreiser paints scenes of poverty in a time before Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. He describes in wrenching detail the plight of the poor. He shows how closely the rich and poor are in terms of proximity. Just as it is today, the afflictions of poverty are practically invisible to the successful, secure upper-class. The author captures the erosion of hope in Hurstwood. In his despair, he slowly becomes I invisible to himself.

The reader can easily extrapolate the story of Carrie and her lovers in to the present age. With many people living from paycheck to paycheck and having minimal savings to retire, Dreiser's book is a cautionary tale of the consequences anyone does or might face in a world where the gap between the 1% and the 99% is ever-widening, endangering individuals as well as American democracy.
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on October 7, 2011
The other version of Sister Carrie on Amazon is rampant with errors. I'm not exaggerating when I say you can open up any page and see a typo or dropped words, often creating nonsense sentences. On top of that the formatting of that version is very poor.

This is the version you should pick up instead. The quality great!
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on April 6, 2016
I appreciated the last chapter of thus classical waiting. It sums up the American Dream. Nicely done and very tasteful
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on October 20, 2012
"Sister Carrie" is an absolute must-read, but this digital version "prepared by Adeniyi Aderibigbe" is flawed. Thankfully, I'm familiar with the novel and Dreiser as a writer, so I noticed that the language--and punctuation--didn't flow as it should. It reads more like a flawed translation than a digital version of the original. Words and punctuation are missing.

For 99 cents for Kindle on Amazon, I highly recommend you buy this very complete anthology instead: "The Essential Anthology of American Realism (20+ Works) by Horatio Alger, Henry James, Upton Sinclair, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, Theodore Dreiser, Stephen Crane"

In the anthology, you'll not only get a great version of "Sister Carrie," but the rest of Dreiser's gilded-age trilogy, plus works by other important American realists like Upton Sinclair, Frank Norris, and Henry James.
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on August 3, 2014
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 leaves behind.
Hurstwood loves her the most, gives up all for her love, but in the end is destroyed. If only he had kept his REASON over emotion, he could have fought his wife's divorce petition, kept his job and lived on a contented life in Chicago. Instead his OBSESSIVE Love for Carrie turns a good man into a thief and kidnapper, which leads to a slow, gruesome decline to beggar and finally suicide. (Middle aged men reach a point where a desperate desire to be with a young beauty takes hold and of them and ruins them. See Thomas Wolfe's "A MAN in Full".)
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