An American Tragedy (Library of America #140)
There are some classics you read because you know they’re classics - they’ve stood the test of time, even though some might not have been well-received upon first publication. How much does this weigh on us from the outset? Does the fact of it being classified as literary canon persuade us that we should like a book?
Recently, I came across a novel called An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser in my local Borders. It had been a case of random selection, as I’d just been combing...more
Much like the hero of this brilliant novel - metaphorically speaking. And then, one day, in the wall, he notices a door. And he wants to open it and pass through to somewhere better. The very thing that other reviewers didn't like ab...more
I was unprepared for the power of this prose to be sure.
But the story overwhelmed me. The character of Clyde became real for me. I have known so many people like him...young, vaccilating, dreaming of better things, chafing at the position in life to which they have been placed by an accident of birth and susceptible...more
The novel begins with a look at the constricted life...more
If you really can't get through it then go to your local video store and rent "A Place in the Sun" for the cliff notes version (which is actu...more
I'm a great fan of all literature that offers a glimpse of the society of any given time period. All the Dreiser novels I've read do justice to the times they describe. Very engaging to see the United States at a time where it was beco...more
Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy (1925) is nothing less than what the title holds it to be; it is the story of a weak-willed young man who is both villain and victim (the victim of a valueless, materialistic society) and someone who ultimately destroys himself. Dreiser modeled the story of Clyde Griffiths on a real-life murder that took place in 1906; a young social climber of considerable charm murdered his pregnant girlfriend to get her out of the way so that he could instead play to the...more
Rating: 3.5* of five
The Book Description: On one level An American Tragedy is the story of the corruption and destruction of one man, Clyde Griffiths, who forfeits his life in desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, however, the novels represents a massive portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's tawdry ambitions and seal his fate.
Clyde Griffiths is a young man, from the poor branch of his family but with ambitions of making the big-ti...more
The basic storyline is based on a notorious murder committed in 1910. The books, for there are three within one, tell the life of Clyde Griffiths, son of poor street preachers, a boy who wants more out of life than what he has. As he tries to b...more
Una tragedia americana è un gran bel libro, scritto prima della grande crisi, nel pieno dell'euforia del "sogno americano", che viene smontato in circa 1000 pagine. Il protagonista, ragazzo dal carattere debole e contraddittorio, viene a contatto con il mondo dei ricchi e crede di potervi entrare: a questo obiettivo sacrificherà tutto.
Bellissima soprattutto la parte centrale, dove la suspance per quello che sta accadendo spinge a leggere d'un fiato centinaia di pagine: più n...more
I am starting to loose faith in the Modern Library's ability to choose so-called "great" books. While I think a truly great book goes beyond just entertainment to where it makes the reader think or expands their point of view, I don't see why...more
Written in the mid-1920′s the book highlights the life of Clyde Griffiths, the...more
One of the things I really liked about this is part of what makes it such a long book. The author really takes the third-person universal perspective to an extreme, often jumping between thoughts of characters, and what it makes...more
Dreiser portrays two young people who have an illicit affair; a young, naive farm girl away from home for the first time, working in a factory to make money for her...more
But what is his f...more
At the beginning, I was digging it. The slangy writing was fun--it was interesting to think back to a time when "golly gee" was the cutting edge way the cool kids talked. I enjoyed the informal, stream-of-consciousness writing style. T...more