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 tink...more
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 b...more
Sister Carrie is a wonderful book to read - honest; it is! Many thanks, Melinda, for leading me to this book.
American consumerism is young and new in this book and everyone wants their share - especially Carrie. Sister Carrie is written with such realism and truism that you will feel as though you are part of the story. The characters are fully developed and they become people with whom you can actually relate - whether th...more
The themes are timeless and it's sad to see how little our society has changed in the last century-plus. Our priorities (as a whole) are just as out-of-whack now as they were then. T...more
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 D...more
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, H...more
Fortunately, the book is a lot more interesting than that. Carrie does suffer, she does get disillusioned, but she also fights back and makes a concerted attempt to find happiness, and the results are far from predictabl...more
Carrie Meeber leaves her home in rural Wisconsin for big-city life in Chicago, and faces a series of struggles -- professional, moral, and romantic -- before achieving success in the New York theater scene.
THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES:A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information A chronology of the author's life and work A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context An outline of key themes and plot points to guid
"SISTER CARRIE" (first published 1900) by Theodore Dreiser
I did not read this book but in April 2013 I saw the movie, "Carrie", which came out in 1952. A touching story. Recommended.
"Laurence Olivier gives one of his finest portrayals as love-doomed Hurstwood."
PLOT: (view spoiler)["Carrie (Jennifer Jones) is a small-town girl anxious to leave her dreary surroundings for big-city life in Chicago. When she finally makes it there, she becomes the mistress of salesman Charles (Eddie Al...more
It is the story of Carrie, who is a younger sister - not a nun - and goes into the city of Chicago for the first time. Following is her journey to, well... what she thinks she wants, due to social constructions and peer pressure and ridiculous societal expectations.
Firstly: the p...more
At first, Sister Carrie seems to be a conventional novel in a nineteenth century mould, the story of a young woman who comes to the big city of Chicago to seek a life which is better than that of her upbringing. She stays with her sister while looking for work, at first in department stores but then in dressmakers after her lack of experience tells against her.
Things become decidedly more modern when Carrie is taken up by a fairly wealthy man...more
Knock, knock, knock on the door
It's time for make up, perfect smile
It's you they're all waiting for, they go
"Isn't she lovely, this Hollywood girl?"
And they say
She's so lucky, she's a star
But she cry, cry, cries in her lonely heart, thinking
If there's nothing missing in my life
Then why do these tears come at night?
Lost in an image, in a dream
But there's no one there to wake her up
And the world is spinning and she keeps on winning
But tell me what happens when it stops?...more
How she gets there is anything but a Horatio Alger-style, hardworking hero, rags-to-riches story. Carrie moves up in society largely because she a) isn't willing to settle for humble circumstances and b) is willing to duck around a whole lot of rules of pr...more
Theodore Dreiser was one of a handful of "naturalists" from Chicago in the early 20th century. His protagonists -- rather than abiding by strict moral codes -- tend to be squeezed by social pressures into unexpected choices. For example, one afternoon, Carri...more
After having read this book, it’s interesting to read it’s summary here on bn.com. I found there to be much more depth to the story and the theme more along the lines of “the impact of materialism on one’s character” than fate vs. free-will. From my perspective, Carrie went...more
So chose Carrie, Dreisser’s imaginably unforgettable, yet so common an individual in this wonderful novel; that which is easy, the stepping on others as she crosses the bitter parts of her life, using her beauty and charm as bait, abandoning when she is no longer satisfied, reaching out for tha...more