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Ann Vickers

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Some reviewers were outraged by Ann Vickers when it first appeared in 1933. "Persons unused to horrid and filthy things had better stay at a safe distance from this book," wrote one. Lewis's Ann Vickers is a complex character: a strong-minded prison superintendent dedicated to enlightened social reform, she also seeks to fulfill herself as a sexual being. Ann Vickers is in ...more
Paperback, 564 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by University of Nebraska Press (Bison Book)
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John Harder
Sinclair Lewis, though a pinko commie, is one of America’s greatest writers. His writing still stands up well in Ann Vickers; few can place one word after another with such jarring insight. This is where my good review ends. Lewis clearly wanted to present his protagonist, Ann Vickers, in a sympathetic light, but I decidedly did not like Ann. Lewis takes us on a ride while Vickers searches for self fulfillment. This is fine, but such self indulgence, apparently, in Lewis’ view gives tacit approv ...more
The movie made in the 30's could not show half of the violence and horrors that Sinclair Lewis wrote. I wonder if it could ever be re-made in these days, women having a much better time of it now that in the early days when the Suffragettes were trying to bring women's issues to the forefront, and no one wanted to hear. I re-read this book and found myself engrossed this time as the first time I read it in my teens. Many issues are still relevant, although I wonder if the young women of today wi ...more
Sinclair Lewis is my favorite author and this is, thus far, my favorite work of his. A profound story constructed by Lewis with epic sentences. It's pure literary alchemy at its best. And what is more, Lewis has successfully written my biography -- if I had been an early 19th century, woman, feminist social reformer and prison superintendent who was kind of agnostic. Given that I'm essentially a 21st century Baptist preacher, that doesn't seem to be an easy task. This book, following my reading ...more
No me he equivocado de título, es solo que en español la editorial decidió titular a la novela Cárceles de mujeres y no Ann Vickers. Es comprensible. Ann Vickers es un nombre que no dice nada. Pero en inglés tampoco lo decía en 1933, año en el que se publicó la novela… (Imagino que tampoco fueron muy reveladores los títulos de Oliver Twist, David Copperfield o Lolita.)

Sin embargo, el título de Cárceles de mujeres, con el sustantivo en plural, es adecuado. Ann Vickers visita muchas cárceles a lo
Andrei Turcu
I wasn't able to finish this book, it just didn't catch me enough. It started well with Ann's childhood and first love, but then I completely lost interest after she becomes a feminist/activist. Browsing through the book and seeing the same style I just decided not to continue reading it.
A fascinating read. I really liked the story and period of time.
Mar 26, 2014 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, 5-star
without a doubt this is my favorite work of Sinclair Lewis. Wonderful believable main character.
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930 "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters." His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American capitalism and materialism between the wars. He is also respected for his strong characterizations of modern working women. H.L. Mencken wrote of him, "[If] the ...more
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