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An American Tragedy
May 29, 2011
I had no idea at the time I picked this up that it is supposed to be one of the most important American novels of the 20th century—and so I read it without any preconceptions, and enjoyed it all the better for that. Despite the somewhat archaic quality of the writing I enjoyed the book, which comments on the permutations of class distinctions, equality, status and social ambition. I also enjoyed it because even though I already had a vague idea how the story was going to end (it's based on the real-life murderer Chester Gillette), I still found myself at various moments rooting for Clyde, hoping he would make the most of the opportunity his uncle had given him and prove all of society wrong. But you already know what happens from the title: this is the flip side of the American dream.
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