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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
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This is certainly an instance where I need half stars, for I would give this a 3 1/2, but cannot bring myself to give it 4 stars. I've never read Dreiser being so tedious. Maybe I haven't read enough Dreiser, although Jennie Gerhardt is one of my favorite novels of all time, and I read Sister Carrie in one sitting in college because I just couldn't put it down. And therein lies why I cannot give An American Tragedy 4 stars. It was too easy to put down. I didn't eagerly await reading time each night. I was so ready for it to be over when it was only halfway done. It's a great story! Dreiser just needed to do a heap of editing. It's too ponderous, and I had a hard time mustering sympathy for Clyde.
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