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Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
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Jun 10, 2009

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bookshelves: bookclub, i-will-never-finish-this-book

Three stars and "I will never finish this book"? What's that all about?

I'm not sure I read the book Dreiser wrote. I found the first half hilarious. Not unintentionally hilarious, and not campy hilarious, but genuinely hilarious. Dreiser is an old bitch, and has such contempt for his characters that I could not help but laugh aloud as I read it. He describes one character as an "empty chamber," and says another one looks at the world as if she's looking through a kaleidoscope, with each change and new sparkling thing catching her attention. Wonderful. Unfortunately, as things start to go bad for the characters, these delicious observations wane, so that you're left with a handful of sadly unlikeable people going through their paces to their inevitable end. Too bad.
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