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4.0 out of 5 stars Naturalism to the tee.....
Stephen Crane does a superb job of displaying the qualities of Naturalism in this story. He focuses on the lower classes, deals with an amoral set of ideas/decisions, displays a blatant attack on false values, a reformest agenda, imagery that is either animalistic or mechanistic, and a plot of decline that often leads to catastrophe through a deterministic sequence of...
Published on Oct. 28 1999

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1.0 out of 5 stars This book wasnt very pleasurable
I didn't like it, sad sad sad! Oh the pain Maggie goes through! Just horrific! Terrible and soo depressing. The book was very hard to understand because of the dialect, and what you could understand wasn't much. And you can find the book over the internet ALL written for you in half the pages! The book was disgusting... do not buy it. I advise you not to! This is your...
Published on Nov. 20 2000


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4.0 out of 5 stars Naturalism to the tee....., Oct. 28 1999
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Stephen Crane does a superb job of displaying the qualities of Naturalism in this story. He focuses on the lower classes, deals with an amoral set of ideas/decisions, displays a blatant attack on false values, a reformest agenda, imagery that is either animalistic or mechanistic, and a plot of decline that often leads to catastrophe through a deterministic sequence of causes and effects. Crane attacks both the romantic idealism and the moral posturing of the church in this novel. The animalistic imagery, displayed in the Darwinian landscape of Rum Alley, is significant, for it reinforces the work's naturalistic orientation: humans are viewed as extensions of the animal kingdom engaged in a Darwinian struggle for survival. This novel assails the hypocricy of the priest who offers condemnation instead of compassion, who claims to help people, yet turns a deaf ear to their pleas for help, and whose moral posturing encourages others to do the same. BRAVO! Crane....If you would like to discuss this novel in greater detail, email me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Easy Read with Power and Dark Humor, Dec 5 1997
If I were pressed to use one word to describe this book itwould be dark. However, Crane's novel is a moving piece with momentsof transcendence and rampant dark humor.
Basically, it is the story of Maggie, an undeveloped character who takes the back-seat to her loud and abusive parents, her swaggering, self-confident brother Jimmie and his friend, the boastful Pete.
The novel chronicles the injustices that surround Maggie, who is quiet and doesn't fight back. A chilling look at poor, urban life in the late 1800's, it is also a tale critical of society's judgmentality and questioning of morality. A more complex novel than it seems on first look, it is wonderful to take apart and examine the relationship between Maggie and Pete, Maggie and her mother, and Maggie and Jimmie.
Most importantly, however, are the quiet moments of transcendence in this novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written book about 1890's slum life, Dec 30 2003
This book was well written. The naturalistic setting and expressive use of slang transport you back to the nasty means streets of New York at the turn of the century. Some of their values seem kind of quaint and rustic as compared to 100 years later, however the realism is staggering. One can feel the despair of a terrible life that never gets better. Death and disease are the only fates that await and there is no release.
This is not just a book to be read as an assignment, read it for the realistic view of history as a slice of life to understand what New Yorker's were going through then, and as a parable to ghetto life today. Some things have changed but some still stay the same......plus ca change.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stork's Nest, Feb. 15 2001
Hart Crane's first novel is the tale of a pretty young slum girl driven to brutal excesses by poverty and loneliness. It was considered so sexually frank and realistic, that the book had to be privately printed at first. It and GEORGE'S MOTHER, the shorter novel that follows in this edition, were eventually hailed as the first genuine expressions of Naturalism in American letters and established their creator as the American apostle of an artistic revolution which was to alter the shape and destiny of civilization itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What Are You People Thinking?, Feb. 2 2001
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I'm sorry, but real life is not as pleasurable as you and I would like it to be. Stephen Crane was one of the first authors to write about life and war as an unpleasant, realistic thing. I think his writing is like a wakeup call for people like the writers of previous entries, because life is full of sad, depressing things, such as pain and rejection. As for the vocabulary and writing style, I assume that the writers of previous entries are not in second grade anymore, so they should be able to follow, understand, and appreciate the works of some of the greatest American novelists, such as Stephen Crane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Writing!, April 6 2004
I am amazed at the fact that Stephen Crane was only twenty-one when he wrote this story "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets". I found it to be a genuine effort to tell a story from the inside-out instead of the usual outside-in.
I also found Crane's style very addictive. When I moved on to my next novel, I truly missed Cran's writing style. If you haven't read any of Crane's works, I suggest you start off with Maggie to see how you like him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars realistic, not realism per se, Aug. 21 2000
naturalism does not tell, action for action, word for word, what is occurring, it would take the fiction out of fiction. rather, like in the visual arts, it took the abstract ideals out of everyday life and art. we are forced to see the world as it really is, not through the rose-colored concept of the world we are told to possess. this is why maggie must give in and lose herself in order to keep herself. a flower out of the mud, indeed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book wasnt very pleasurable, Nov. 20 2000
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I didn't like it, sad sad sad! Oh the pain Maggie goes through! Just horrific! Terrible and soo depressing. The book was very hard to understand because of the dialect, and what you could understand wasn't much. And you can find the book over the internet ALL written for you in half the pages! The book was disgusting... do not buy it. I advise you not to! This is your last warning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the Lost Text, March 10 2000
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Unbeknownst to many, Dr. Kevin Hayes has included "lost" text that has never been printed in Maggie. If you are looking for a reliable source on Stephen Crane's "Maggie," this is the one. I personally know Dr. Hayes and can tell you that his research is solid and trustworthy. Congratulations on another wonderful book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Badly written and in need of disposal, Jan. 29 2001
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Stephen Crane is a sham of an author. By overuse of hyperbole and a difficult to follow dialect, the reader is left groping for direction. As you can see, I was not pleased with this book.
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