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Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
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Sister Carrie

by Theodore Dreiser

11 ratings, 4 reviews

Theodore Dreiser was an American author of the naturalist school, known for dealing with the gritty reality of life. Sister Carrie (1900) is his first novel and tells the story of a young country girl who moves to the big city (Chicago) where she starts realizing her own American Dream by first becoming a mistress to powerful men and later as a famous actress.Dreiser and his wife significantly altered the original manuscript to make it more palatable to the prevailing sensibilities of the day, but even this toned down version caused a minor scandal, and Dreiser had difficulty finding a publisher for it. This was due to the blurred division line between good and bad in the plot. Although Dreiser’s moralizing narrator does assert that, despite the fame and the money she has amassed, Carrie will not be able to achieve peace of mind in her life, the apparent lack of poetic justice — the notion that immorality should pay in the end, even if only up to a point — was a concept the reading public were altogether unused to at the time. (summary from wikipedia)

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11 ratings, 4 reviews
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Ruth Smith

October 05, 2013

Good story

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Nina Morgan

June 09, 2012

I'm half way thru and loving it. So far the readers have been 98% brilliant!

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Babie Dolla Riley

May 07, 2012

Pretty Good was worth reading

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Teri York-Heims

January 19, 2012

This book is an unusual tail for the time period; taking on some taboo subjects. Most readers were fabulous! Well worth the listen! Bravo!