Three stars and "I will never finish this book"? What's that all about?
I'm not sure I read the book Dreiser wrote. I found the first half hilarious. Not unintentionally hilarious, and not campy hilarious, but genuinely hilarious. Dreiser is an old bitch, and has such contempt for his characters that I could not help but laugh aloud as I read it. He describes one character as an "empty chamber," and says another one looks at the world as if she's looking through a kaleidoscope, with each change and new sparkling thing catching her attention. Wonderful. Unfortunately, as things start to go bad for the characters, these delicious observations wane, so that you're left with a handful of sadly unlikeable people going through their paces to their inevitable end. Too bad.