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Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
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Theodore Dreiser portrayal of the characters (primarily Carrie Meeker, Charles Drouet, and George Hurstwood) during the turn of the century. Most of the story takes place either in Chicago or New York. It begins with Carrie going to Chicago seeking a different life from what she has known in her small town. The accidental meeting with Charles Drouet on the train trip there gives her a glimpse of a wealthier life--something she yearns deeply for, though she at first keeps him at bay because she doesn't want to have him see how her sister and husband with whom she is staying live. She walks the streets looking for work, and then has to hand over her almost all her pay to her sister's family. When she becomes ill and loses her job, and her brother-in-law is saying she must go back home, she chooses instead tomove in with Charles Drouet with whom she has reconnected. While living with him, she meets George Hurstwood, a wealthy and successful manager of a prominant bar. Eventually George's wife finds them out, and is planning to leave him. At a weak moment George steals money from his company, then tricks Carrie into going with him as he makes his escape. As time passes, George's life follows a path of going from riches to abject poverty. Carrie on the other hand becomes a very successful actress, able finally to afford all the things she once wanted so much, and only then discovers that they don't bring happiness. Theodore's frequent reflections on human nature throughout the book are interesting. The story is depressing, but extremely well told.

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message 1: by Jessica (new) - added it

Jessica I need to reread this some day. I read it in high school, and that's getting to be a long time ago. ;)

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