- Paperback: 580 pages
- Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 2nd edition (February 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393960420
- ISBN-13: 978-0393960426
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 350 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sister Carrie (Norton Critical Editions) 2nd Edition
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There are three memorable characters in the book. The first is Carrie herself, a young woman who comes to the big city of Chicago at the age of 18. Her quest for a job and the challenges of working in a factory are clearly brought to light. I pitied her situation and was actually rather glad when the prosperous salesman, Drouet seduces her and she seems to better herself. He's not into marrying her but he supports her and treats her well. She even gets a chance to take part in a play that his lodge is putting on. There's another man who is interested in her though, Hurstwood. He is a manager of a prosperous restaurant-bar and has a good life. Even though he is married, he courts her. How this all turns out is the stuff of real drama.
This book has it all, but most especially it is a deep exploration of character. Each of them is sympathetic in his or her own way. And they are depicted so well that I could view the world through their eyes and actually get under their skin. This is a powerful emotional story. It is as real as it can get and the cities of Chicago and New York are presented in ways that clearly impact the characters and the challenges they face.
Don't miss this book if you can help it. It is a lush and real treat!
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quite a bit more than the second but it's a good book overall and...Read more