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"An admirable study of character and of American life." ―New York Times--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Few books look at the decline of old ways of life the way "The Magnificent Ambersons" does. Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer-winning novel is a sharp, brilliant, sometimes mocking look... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2007 by EA Solinas
This magnificent, humorous and fanciful book -- a precurser to Gatsby -- is timeless in its central meaning: parents spoil their children and children eventually must learn to... Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Daniel C. Wilcock
Here is a fascinating book. We start off essentially empathizing with the scornful people who look on at the main character, root root rooting for his demise. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by asphlex
Who would have thought that a novel from 1918 would be such a page turner? Not to generalize, but there aren't many books pre-1920 or so that I've been unable to put down. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2003 by brewster22
Booth Tarkington can be considered one of the best commentators on life in the Midwest (Indiana, specifically) in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century; he observes with... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2003 by A.J.
I hate to admit it, but if this novel had not been included in the Modern Library's Top 100, I probably would have never picked it up. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2002 by Jerry Clyde Phillips
Here is a story about true love. Not the cliched love of two youngsters stuggling to prove to the rest of the world that they deserve to be together, but the enduring and... Read morePublished on June 15 2002 by "mahray"
One should view this book in a different light from the movie. They are both magnificent on their own terms. Read morePublished on May 20 2002 by Ramona Honan
The Magnificent Ambersons is a ficticious story about a wealthy family who practically owned an American town some 100+ years ago, and this family's dealings with the great changes... Read morePublished on March 8 2002 by lazza