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  • Title: Sister Carrie
  • Author: Theodore Dreiser
  • ISBN: 9780393960426
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse The tale of Carrie Meeber s rise to stardom in the theatre and George Hurstwood s slow decline captures the twin poles of exuberance and exhaustion in modern city life as neWhen a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse The tale of Carrie Meeber s rise to stardom in the theatre and George Hurstwood s slow decline captures the twin poles of exuberance and exhaustion in modern city life as never before The premier example of American naturalism, Dreiser s remarkable first novel has deeply influenced such key writers as William Faulkner, F Scott Fitzgerald, Saul Bellow, and Joyce Carol Oates This edition uses the 1900 text, which is regarded as the author s final version.
    Sister Carrie When a girl leaves her home at eighteen she does one of two things Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse

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    1. Theodore Dreiser s Sister Carrie was the first real book I ve ever read in English I was 11, my mother just bought me a brand spanking new English dictionary, and my school librarians finally let me roam the section of the library where normally kids were not allowed to wreck havoc in on their own Awed by the idea of a big book in a language I just started to somewhat understand, I reached for it, just missing the much age appropriate Treasure Island but then why d you think I d ever want to fo [...]

    2. Book Review3 out of 5 stars to Sister Carrie, one of the greatest American novels of true realistic cum naturalistic tone, published in its final form in 1900 by Theodore Dreiser Some of my favorite literature comes from this time period in American history Writers took extreme liberties with creating the most realistic point of view and portrayal of characters who were living the American dream, or at least attempting to All details were painfully described when it came to what was going on in [...]

    3. I can t believe I am actually trying to read this again This is an oft flung book, which has fair aerodynamics and, the hardcover copy of which makes a satisfying thunk as it hits the wall.

    4. When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse.That I prioritized Sister Carrie over at least fifty other books high on the ever expanding tbr list can be imputed to a matter of false advertising The blurb hails Carrie as a modern woman in American fiction, a first of her kind think Kate Chopin s The Awakening released just a year prior to this [...]

    5. This is a classic that I could read over and over again What a story If you haven t read it, you should The story not only captures the reader into the story, it gives you a deep sense of mans crazy nature I just finished reading this one again I first read it 7 years ago, and felt is was time to try it again Dreiser really speaks to my soul Oh Carrie, Carrie Oh blind strivings of the human heart Onward onward, it saith, and where beauty leads, there it follows Whether it be the tinkle of a lone [...]

    6. I listened to the Blackstone Audiobook which came out Nov 18, 2005 It is not registered here at GR There are two versions of Theodore Dreiser s book The original Doubleday Edition was published in 1900 This, the original, was in fact edited by his wife It has 47 chapters It was considered easily accessible to the public the harsh message of new American Naturalism softened The Blackstone audiobook uses this version 80 years later, the Pennsylvania Edition of the book came out It restored what h [...]

    7. In the words of Edmund Wilson, Dreiser commands our respect but the truth is he writes so badly that it is almost impossible to read him Sister Carrie is a bad book Not morally bad, unfortunately That at least would make it interesting In that respect, nothing in this book would be out of place in a Progressive lecture on social purity This line from the first page sets the tone When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things Either she falls into saving hands and becomes bet [...]

    8. I returned to this book after nearly two decades away and I found it as juicy and engrossing as ever.I ll be the first to acknowledge that, as stylists go, Dreiser is among the least accomplished of major American novelists Maybe only John O Hara compares, if he s even still considered a major author Dreiser s word choice is no precise than that of a Ouija board, his sentences as vibrant as chewed galoshes But reading Dreiser for his wordsmithery is like visiting Casablanca for the waters, or b [...]

    9. Theodore Dreiser and Emile Zola are both in the naturalist camps of literature, and indeed, I found many similarities between Sister Carrie and Nana The major difference however, is that Dreiser choses to lead Hurstwood, his formerly affluent male protagonist to a bitter, self induced end in a flophouse reminiscent of Edith Wharton s House of Mirth , while Carrie, a lowerclass woman who, it could be argued, does bad things for money and material gain, moves up the socio econimic ladder to a posi [...]

    10. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally The CCLaP 100 In which I read for the first time a hundred so called classics, then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelEssay 31 Sister Carrie 1900 , by Theodore DreiserThe story in a nutshell One of the last Victorian style morality tales to make a big splash, Theodore Dreiser s 1900 Sister C [...]

    11. Carrie s first vision of Chicago is something many of us experience on Friday nights while driving into the city, excited about whatever the night might hold The rollercoaster of hope and desolation coursing throughout the book was as much a part of life at the turn of the 20th century as it is at the turn of the 21st.

    12. From the description, I expected this to be a fallen woman story It is so much than that Carrie was young and innocent when she escaped small town Wisconsin for big city Chicago So young and especially so timid that she did not know she could have hopes and dreams, let alone fulfill them It has been a few dozen years since I was Carrie s age, but I can relate fully to that not knowing.Dreiser s prose is simple, but his dialogue realistic In fact, I see he is listed at Writer s Home as being in [...]

    13. This is another book I read for background information on American Literature, back when we were homeschooling our girls I hadn t read any of Dreiser s novels, and chose this over An American Tragedy since I m not attracted to tragedy, as a rule The plot here isn t without its tragic elements, but my three star rating which actually would be 3 1 2 if I could give half stars , which expresses solid liking, demonstrates that I don t regret the read As the description suggests, the plot here concer [...]

    14. Until a few weeks ago, Sister Carrie wasn t even on my guilt pile I was finally moved to pick the book up after seeing that it was at the top of a handwritten you must read list by William Faulkner A Facebook thing Until that time, I think I had always thought, vaguely, but also without reading experience proof, of Theodore Drieser as a dour sour writer from the depressing Gilded Age And, now after the reading, especially after the last 75 pages or so death march of a major character, I guess I [...]

    15. Here s a quiz which of the following are real examples of the overwrought chapter titles in Sister Carrie a Convention s Own Tinder Box The Eye That Is Greenb Transformers Dark of the Moonc When Waters Engulf Us We Reach For The Starsd When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a Kinge In a Priest Driven Ambulance with Silver Sunshine Stares f In Elf Land Disporting The Grim World Withoutg The Blaze of the Tinder Flesh Wars With the Fleshh Big Mommas Like Father, Like Son answers in first c [...]

    16. My best Joel has a mate named Bob who now teaches at Rutgers The fellow refers to himself as new Bob as he s eternally disposed to reinvention and further development Years ago he vowed that he wasn t going to approach any literature composed after 1920 why, was his question, when there was so much of quality written before That sounded like a great idea My will collapsed in pursuit of something similar after the better part of a month, I read Sister Carrie, The Secret Agent and The Good Solider [...]

    17. I love that this book could have been so trashy, but transcended it all Close your eyes and imagine this story back in the olden days, an unsophisticated country girl goes to the big city and climbs the ranks of society as a rich man s mistress If a contemporary book boasted this plot, I d pass A lesson learned from Kathleen Winsor s Forever Amber But that plot presented in a classic Brilliant Depressing, evocative, complex Naturalist genius Sure, it was scandalous when it was published in 1900 [...]

    18. Published in 1900, this book is credited with having an impact on the course of American literature Dreiser s sparse style depicts the realities of everyday city life Chicago and New York at the turn of the 19th Century in a way that seems to hide nothing It thus allows the reader to feel that they can see the characters as they really are The novel does not judge the behavior of the characters in the story But rather it simply lays out the story of their actions for the reader to ponder Carrie [...]

    19. Sister Carrie is one of a specific handful of American novels that I learned about in school, but until now never actually read Along with those of Upton Sinclair, H.L Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, Edward Bellamy and to a certain extent Stephen Crane, the works of Theodore Dreiser were always presented to me as important to history than interesting as literature not exactly the kind of ringing endorsement that inspires a person to run out and buy a book today These authors were exposing social ills [...]

    20. Sister Carrie, written at the turn of the 20th century and considered one of the great American novels, also has an infamous history of censorship which is fascinating in its own right I chose to read the free online version of the restored Pennsylvania edition I understand that the unexpurgated edition is based off of that one.On the surface, the novel is the story of Caroline Meeber, who moves from rural Wisconsin to Chicago in hopes of seeking her fortune Unhappy with her work prospects due t [...]

    21. Woo independent women Sister Carrie centers on Carrie Meeber, a country girl who travels to the big city to live with her sister After a rough patch of poverty and a couple of tumultuous relationships with men, she succeeds on her own as an actress Her rise to fame might have no actual merit, but it exemplifies a young woman s triumph in a capitalistic, patriarchal society She renames herself Carrie Madenda and garners massive wealth and fame.Sister Carrie acted as another classic that had an in [...]

    22. Seminal American literature, and yet the simplest occurrence in Sister Carrie such as Carrie requesting meat reads like this He caught himself looking at her smiling and she was the very picture of youth and uprightness and the tendency toward productivity and mirth and joviality, all of which were produced from her in a very feminine manner Yet thoughts dashed inside his mind in a very tumultuous fashion, tumultuous like the threshings of torrents Carrie has not asked for meat before, Hurstwood [...]

    23. It seems a shame that this novel seems to be fading into oblivion This happens from time to time even with great writers, not because they stop being great, but because people don t know enough to read them As the years go by, there are, admittedly, many new novels entering the literary mainstream, but we should not be afraid of making judgments about which ones are better than others Sister Carrie has long been on the list of great American novels, and deservedly so Dreiser s writing can be rat [...]

    24. Sister Carrie is a deceptively good book It starts out looking like a simple morality play about the evils of the big city but Carrie is no innocent girl from the country Apparently Carrie s willingness to use people to better herself without any thought of the consequences caused quite a scandal in its day 1900 and the original manuscript had to be toned down before it could even be published The 1927 edition I read most certainly was the edited version but it was still modern, crass and eye op [...]

    25. I would recommend this book to people interested in the concept of the city Although its notoriety stems from its naturalistic depiction of the characters, I thought it was the depcition of the urban environment of Chicago and New York which stood out.While the intertwined fates of Carrie, Drouet and Hurstwood occupy the foreground of this book, I found myself consistently drawn to the back ground.Since Dreiser came up as a newspaperman, this makes a certain amount of sense.The details that Drei [...]

    26. The Effi Briest s, Anna Karenina s and Madame Bovary s and their ilk I read the Sister Carrie stands out as a thematically exciting book The woman who makes a success of herself through an unconventional lifestyle but doesn t have to die is sharp and amusing departure from many earlier novels Instead it is the men left in her wake who suffer Hurstwood s collapse and inability to adapt from Chicago to New York is still fascinating.Recommended.

    27. When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse

    28. Sister Carrie tells the story of two characters Carrie Meeber is a young country girl from Wisconsin who moves to Chicago to realize her American dream She begins as a low paid wage earner and ends up a highly paid actress George Hurstwood is part of the upper middle class enjoying comfortable lifestyle Through a series of circumstances he ends up living on the streets of New York City Neither character earns their fates through virtue or vice, but rather through random circumstance Their succes [...]

    29. I don t enjoy political or economic discourse I m not well versed however, this story, written in 1900, is middle class 2016 America.

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