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The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
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Jan 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ml100, pulitzer, challenge-ml100-rr100-176books, ebooks, fiction, 2012-reads, classics, american-northeast
Recommended to Velma by: Modern Library 100
Read from January 18 to 24, 2012

Although it might go on a tad longer than necessary to make its point(s), and the ending might be a skoche on this side of saccharine, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a fin de siècle power family undergoing the transformation from the 1% to the 99%. Everything changes, everything stays the same.

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Quotes Velma Liked

Booth Tarkington
“Whatever does not pretend at all has style enough.”
Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons

Reading Progress

20.0% "Enjoying this *much* more than I anticipated."
30.0% ""...he did not care to read a book or go to a play about people he would not care to meet at his own dinner table." How BORING!"
60.0% "Such graceful, elegant writing, seemingly effortless."
65.0% ""Gossip is never fatal...until it is denied. Submit to gossip and you kill it; fight it and you make it strong. People will forget almost any slander except one that's been fought." I wonder if the current crop of political candidates would agree?"
75.0% ""...the core of their idealism was this: "The more prosperous my beloved city, the more prosperous beloved I!" Everything changes, everything stays the same."
100.0% "Treacle endings annoy me."
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message 1: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Hubby made me watch the Orson Wells movie of this, but I've never read the book. Since I live in Indiana now, I feel like I should read his stuff since Tarkington was a Hoosier. :}

Velma Did you like the film? I'm hoping to rent it this week or next. I'd never heard of either the book or the movie until I set out to read the ML Top 100, but I enjoyed it very much; look for my review later today.

message 3: by Teresa (new)

Teresa It's been almost 20 years since we watched it together and I don't remember much about it except that I wasn't as wowed by it as hubby was. He has a thing for Orson Wells movies, I think. He keeps pestering me to put Lady From Shanghai on the Netflix queue so the kids can watch it too.

I'm sure I'll enjoy your review, as always!

message 4: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Sounds about like the movie...what little I remembered. ;)

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