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Sister Carrie Mass Market Paperback – January 6, 2009
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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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.
"A goldenish spot on the weariness of the world." -- Ford Madox Ford
"Its outstanding merit is its simplicity, its unaffected seriousness and fervour." -- H.L. Mencken
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The conventional judgment on Dreiser puts him in the naturalistic, social-realist tradition of Zola and Hardy. There is much in this; but I think his real strength lies in depicting character--Carrie, Hurstwood, and Drouet really come alive in these pages. His characters possess a depth and complexity of feeling that one rarely finds in fiction. Dreiser has a melancholy, fatalistic sense that the world may be too vast and impersonal for people to live in it comfortably, and yet his world is vibrantly human as well.
I personally find Carrie a more likable heroine (if you could call her that) than many readers have. She is self-absorbed, yes, but also capable of compassion for others, and she is never intentionally cruel. Like all of Dreiser's characters she is somewhere between the angels and the devils.
This is by no means a perfect book. Dreiser's rhetorical flourishes can become absolutely ridiculous, and so can his habit of injecting philosophical commentary into the texture of the narrative. But the total effect of "Sister Carrie" is powerful, and more than compensates for any defects in the novel.
"Sister Carrie" doesn't promise much at the beginning. In fact, this is yet another story about a rural person arriving in the big city seeking fame and fortune. In this case, it is Carrie Meeber, a young woman moving to Chicago to live with her sister and her husband while she tries to find work. Carrie quickly discovers big city life is tough; her sister's home life bores her to death, the work she finds in a shoe factory is pure drudgery, and she doesn't have enough money to buy decent clothes because she has to pay her sister four dollars a week for rent.Read more ›
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Thought of giving up about 1/3 way through because I found it overly bland. However, glad I didn't as most of the interesting plot development occurs in the second half. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel Renshaw
Read this in high school and I'm sure it went right over my head. Social issues, women's issues and relationship issues are explored. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maria C. Ingala
Very preachy. Story was predictable and on the whole uninteresting. No redeemable charactersPublished 3 months ago by Patricia M.
Most people probably wouldn't like this book, but I loved it!Published 3 months ago by Terri Montana
This is one of Theodore Dreiser's best stories with many layers for thought about how things work in the early 20th century. I have read this book several times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stormy
I loved reading this book. Bought it twice and read it twice. Well written and interesting.Published 4 months ago by Anna
The actually book is larger than I expected, but the story was very engrossing. I loved it!Published 4 months ago by Brianna Braun