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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  16 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) (first published January 1st 1973)
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Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
John Harder
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Donna  Cochener
I find it both fascinating and sad that so much of what Ann Vickers confronts in this tale of a principled but still human woman in the 1930s still exists today - the struggle for women to have a voice and be treated fairly at work, the challenges of being a strong woman who desires a fulfilling love life, attitudes toward working mothers, deplorable conditions in prisons and the impact on prisoners, the list goes on - still confronts us in 2015. Not my favorite writing by Sinclair Lewis but wor ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Maggie Sullivan
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Sinclair Lewis and how his books still feel relevant today. While I don’t see myself portrayed in Ann’s character, I still found it immensely interesting to read about the struggles she was facing as a woman in the 1920s and 30s—a lot of struggles which many still face today.

One of my favorite parts of the book has nothing to do with the writing. The copy I have came from my late grandfathers library and I think it must be one of the early editions of the book. It was a joy to read it know
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, old-books
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Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had wanted to read this work by Sinclair Lewis for a long time, but of all the works by this Nobel Prize-winning author, this was the most difficult to track down in e-book format. I began reading it before this November's election day, since it concerns, in part, the fight for women's right to vote, and it concerns a "modern woman," who breaks away from the things that bound women early in the 19th century to be a career woman who kept her own name after marriage. I thought that reading it wo ...more
Gisela Pérez
Fantastic novel by Sinclair Lewis set during the Great Depression.
Wonderful heroine, depicted in detail in all aspects.
The atmosphere in the prisons destined for women, communists, anarchists, socialists, reformists.
Brave words and bold arguments, some of which would be censored now, so many years after, due to societal hypocrisy.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic. First time reading Lewis and loved it. Had no idea it would be so progressive, feminist, important - and that we are still fighting many of the things this inspiring protagonist had to face.
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 5-star
without a doubt this is my favorite work of Sinclair Lewis. Wonderful believable main character.
Ryan Linthicum
A great feminist book!
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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