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Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

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ISBN13: 9780679781271
ISBN10: 0679781277
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Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his fathers cigar store. In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied by two sisters — one a dreamlike shadow, the other a worldly business partner. As the eponymous Martin's vision becomes bolder and bolder he walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry, a sense of doom builds piece-by-hypnotic piece until this mesmerizing journey into the heart of an American dreamer reaches its bitter-sweet conclusion.

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"A fascinating and provocative portrayal of turn-of-the-century America that hums with energy and wit. It might be another of Dreiser's densely packed tales of financiers and titans, written at characteristic white heat, but by an immeasurably more graceful stylist." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Steven Millhauser is the author of numerous works of fiction and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Martin Dressler. His story "Eisenheim the Illusionist" was the basis of the 2006 film The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He teaches at Skidmore College.

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Elkton minifarmer, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Elkton minifarmer)
Millhauser's prose style reflects the frenetic racing of his central character's mind as Dressler appears to see all and imagine more than any of his cohorts. It seems that this novel captures the far-reaching inventiveness of the energetic generation of builders and shakers of the late 19th century in a way that engages the mind of anyone interested in that period of U.S. history.

While there is much to admire about Dressler, his inability to interpret the interpersonal signals of those around him make him very human. For all his intelligence and imagination, his organizational skills and determination to bring his dreams into reality, he is a flawed character who is far from perfect after all.
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sll, January 13, 2009 (view all comments by sll)
Totally absorbing. The descriptions of Martin's ever more elaborate, luxurious, and outrageous hotels are fantastic and fantastical. It's impossible to read this book and not think of that crazy mirage in the Nevada desert.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679781271
Author:
Millhauser, Steven
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Businesspeople -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Businesspeople -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19970331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.01x5.19x.67 in. .55 lbs.

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"Review" by , "A fascinating and provocative portrayal of turn-of-the-century America that hums with energy and wit. It might be another of Dreiser's densely packed tales of financiers and titans, written at characteristic white heat, but by an immeasurably more graceful stylist."
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