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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
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An Aerican Tragedy was pretty good. I'm usually quite critical of longer novels (this one was over 800 pages), but I was satisfied here. That alone says something for me. Dreiser doesn't move terribly quickly with his plot, but at the same time it doesn't feel like he's bogging himself down with excessive detail either. His narrative reads well and he does a pretty good job of expressing his characters' emotions in a realistic way, though sometimes when trying to portray the strongest emotions he goes a bit stale. I still think it could've done without certain bits, American Tragedy told a compelling story of a boy driven to destruction by his desires.
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