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Journey in the Dark

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  606 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In a sensitive and full dimensioned portrayal of American life, Martin Flavin has created a memorable character. By turns admirable, pitiable, tough, noble, weak, futile, and brilliantly effective, a lonely man going nowhere in the dark, Sam Braden mirrors thousands like him who have put their familiar stamp upon the American way of life.

He wanted wealth, and he got it. He
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 1st 1943 by Harper & Bros. (first published 1943)
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Aug 11, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it
Shelves: pulitzer
Journey in the Dark won the Pulitzer in 1944 and interestingly seems to be a fairly unknown book I happened to find a copy in a library book sale for 50 cents and had I not been looking for Pulitzer's I would have passed it by. It is the life story of Sam Braden who grows up poor in a town a couple hours outside of Chicago and vows to be rich like the Wyatt's who are the most prominent family in Wyattville. He falls in love with Eileen Wyatt and spends most of his early years trying to impress h ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Ian rated it liked it
Journey in the Dark chronicles the life of Sam Braden from his humble origins in Wyattville, Iowa to life as a successful businessman in 1920s and 1930s Chicago. In some ways a typical rags to riches story, Journey in the Dark almost transcends the formula of its structure with its superb evocation of early 20th-Century America and Flavin's fluid and richly detailed prose. The story is also driven by a strong sense of morality. While still a young boy, Sam Braden yearns for riches from the momen ...more
Nancy Mannikko
Sep 07, 2013 Nancy Mannikko rated it did not like it
This was an odd book. Maybe the rags-to-riches plot line is a little too predictable, but I couldn't finish it. It's well-written but, at least for me, fell flat. It's the first time I can recall giving up on a book that qualified as easy reading based but still felt like work. Too many cliched characters -- the suffering older spinster sister who gives up the man she loves to take care of her younger siblings (who weren't actually that much younger and could have managed without her), the unatt ...more
Jun 28, 2013 Bookslut rated it it was ok
Shelves: pulitzer
It was okay. Generic writing, foreshadowed way too heavily for my taste, but not a bad book.
Oct 04, 2014 Jimmy rated it liked it
Shelves: pulitzers
The story about a young man, Sam Braden, shaped by his earliest realization of being poor and following his life up and out of poverty to become a man of some prominence and influence. The story itself is quite engaging and follows a pattern typical of much of the writing of the period: a kind of personal epic and the story of an unsung hero of the best of American values in a rapidly changing country. I would describe the depiction of Sam Braden's life as steadiness and quiet persistence. He is ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Marty rated it really liked it
This was the next Pulitzer Prize novel that Steve and I read. It was sort of a sleeper - we weren't crazy about it at first - seemed to go slowly. Of course, as the pace picks up here in Sarasota as friends return to the resort, we have less time for reading, and that impacts the continuity when reading a story like this. Eventually, about halfway through - Steve commented that "this is getting much more interesting!" and we were quite involved by the time we finished reading it. The story of a ...more
Roxanne Russell
Jan 16, 2013 Roxanne Russell rated it really liked it
Shelves: pulitzer-fiction
This book had my attention from the start, and not just because I needed to take Claritin to read the old dusty copy I have. This story of Sam Braden, a poor Midwestern boy who achieves the American dream, is satisfyingly real and melodramatic at the same time. The author has a gift for giving away the end of each life phase but keeping you interested in the means. A lot of big ideas and enigmatic characters in this tale of the early 20th century.
Jeff krueger
Jan 24, 2011 Jeff krueger rated it it was amazing
I do not know what it was but this simple story i read in 3 days really stuck with me for days after reading and that does not happen to me very much. So this is up there with my favorites.
May 08, 2017 Kevin rated it really liked it
This is a tale of social classes; striving for something you will never attain; love; hate and regrets. The most touching part of the book for me comes near the beginning when the main character, a young son in a poor family, comes into a financial windfall. He decided to use the money to get his under-appreciated mother a Christmas gift instead of using it for something he really wanted. For me this bitter-sweet scene made the book. There are many other portions of the book which will hold your ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Data rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked this up, I thought, "Oh, another American novel of the century. And when I got done, "Hey, this really is the quintessential American novel."

This novel doesn't focus on race relations, but it doesn't ignore it either. Same with international themes in the 20th century, the very rich, the very poor, and the people in between. It isn't espousing a view of the right or the left; it has credible characters on both sides of the political fence. And every character has room to grow; and
Dec 16, 2007 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: pulitzer-project
Won the Pulitzer in 1944.
Lynn Derks
Feb 08, 2016 Lynn Derks rated it it was amazing
A Horatio Alger-type of story: poor boy gets rich. So, it could be quite predictable at times, even too good to be true. However, it remained compelling.
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Jan 05, 2013 Thom rated it liked it
Really good story!
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Pulitzer Prize for Novel in 1944 for Journey in the Dark--his fifth and last work of fiction. It is the story of a boy who grew up in a poor family and his adventures in love and business.
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