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Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser's revolutionary first novel, was published in 1900--sort of. The story of Carrie Meeber, an 18-year-old country girl who moves to Chicago and becomes a kept woman, was strong stuff at the turn of the century, and what Dreiser's wary publisher released was a highly expurgated version. Times change, and we now have a restored "author's cut" of Sister Carrie that shows how truly ahead of his time Dreiser was. First and foremost, he has written an astute, nonmoralizing account of a woman and her limited options in late-19th-century America. That's impressive in and of itself, but Dreiser doesn't stop there. Digging deeply into the psychological underpinnings of his characters, he gives us people who are often strangers to themselves, drifting numbly until fate pushes them on a path they can later neither defend nor even remember choosing.
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 an alternate Paperback edition.
`Dreiser`s early novel is probably his greatest, and one of the greatest American novels`l Irish Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
In my English 3 honors class, we had to pick a novel out of a list, and then do a big project on it. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by blackholesun1Girl
Sometimes you are told to read a book because it is a classic and then it turns out to be really awful. 'Sister Carrie' is a classic, written in 1900. And it still is... Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by M. Buisman
This book is an interesting commentary on class relations at the beginning of the 20th century. Having been written at the time, I never got the impression that the author was... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by W. Wellesley
Sister Carrie is a serious, thoughtful look at the role of money in the lives of men and women at the turn of the century. Read morePublished on May 16 2003
Classic story of small town girl comes to the big city to make her fortune. Written in the same realistic style that Dreisser used in An American Tragedy, Sister Carrie offers more... Read morePublished on May 4 2003 by "cmerrell"
I finished it last weekend, it is not that difficult to read word wise but after you read it you have to digest all they Dreiser is saying. Read morePublished on April 7 2003
When reading booklists (one of my fav. hobbies) I came across this title and the review was somthing like a lover's life rises as her partner (Drouet) declines. Read morePublished on April 4 2003
When I finished reading Theodore Dreiser's 1900 novel, "Sister Carrie," I wrote in the margin, "We live in a depressing fiasco of a country. Read morePublished on March 3 2003 by mp
I sometimes fear that novels heralded as "classics" may have been great in their time, but no longer have as much wallop. Read morePublished on June 22 2002