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At the turn of the century, a country girl leaves home for the big city. At a time when the only option for women was to marry well, Carrie shows us a different road. While her rabid ambition and vanity indicate her true nature, the society in which she navigates is harsh and unforgiving. Dreiser's portrait of the ugliness of human nature is stunning.
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

"Theodore Dreiser is a man who, with the passage of time, is bound to loom larger and larger in the awakening aesthetic consciousness of America. Among all of our prose writers he is one of the few men of whom it may be said that he has . . . never been a trickster. If there is a modern movement in American prose writing, a movement toward greater courage and fidelity to life in writing, Theodore Dreiser is the pioneer and the hero of the movement."--Sherwood Anderson

Long before she was seduced by the cautious and ordinary man whose life she would unravel with no malice and only intermittent interest, the young Carrie Meeber was seduced by the promise of the city--its vitality and reckless possibility, the thrill of material luxury, and the spectacle of power and industry. Banned on publication for its questionable morals, Sister Carrie is the great American novel of seduction, a masterpiece of insight into appetite and innocence.

"Such a novel as Sister Carrie stands quite outside the brief traffic of the customary stage. It leaves behind an inescapable impression of bigness, of epic sweep and dignity. It is not a mere story, not a novel in the customary American meaning of the word; it is at once a psalm of life and a criticism of life. . . . [Dreiser's] aim is not merely to tell a tale; his aim is to show the vast ebb and flow of forces which sway and condition human destiny. The thing he seeks to do is to stir, to awaken, to move. One does not arise from such a book as Sister Carrie with a smirk of satisfaction; one leaves it infinitely touched."--H. L. Mencken

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Dr Ratan Bhattacharjee, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by Dr Ratan Bhattacharjee)
Sister Carrie highlights the both the illusions and the subsequent disillusionment of the glittering life of America.The novel contains elements which were also found in the naturalistic novels of Zola and Norris. There was the picture of victimisation of a woman and the lures of glamorous life , sexual pleasures and material comforts which Carrie could not resist. Animalism was more clearly demonstrated through Carrie's pursuit of selfish ambitions. She found all these things great. The romance associated with the American Dream is gloriously depicted. But at the same time there is the subversion of romance. All of her achievemnts could not bring to Carrie the sense of fulfilment she wished for throughout her life. Ames convinced Carrie that her dreams of luxury and pleasure were misguided. Ames told her that he would not care to be rich enough to spend his wealth in such a vulgar manner as Carrie tried to follow.Carrie was overawed and gradually she learnt how to criticise the American formula of success. The aimlessness of Carrie is gone in her interactions with Ames ( the name is a play on the word 'aims'). Carrie is no longer a showy girl or to borrow a phrase from Fitzgerald's fiction 'a cut glass bowl'- inane , empty and full of illusions.
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ISBN:
9780375753213
Introduction:
Dreiser, Theodore
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Delbanco, Andrew
Introduction:
Delbanco, Andrew
Author:
Dreiser, Theodore
Author:
Theodore Dreiser, with a Foreword by the Author
Author:
Delbanco, Andrew
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Mistresses
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Fiction.
Subject:
Didactic fiction
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1999
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library 100 Best Novels
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
8 x 5.24 x 1.6 in 1.75 lb

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At the turn of the century, a country girl leaves home for the big city. At a time when the only option for women was to marry well, Carrie shows us a different road. While her rabid ambition and vanity indicate her true nature, the society in which she navigates is harsh and unforgiving. Dreiser's portrait of the ugliness of human nature is stunning.

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