They would like, butterfly-like, to wing forever in a summer garden, flitting from flower to flower, and sipping honey for their sole delight. They have no feeling that any result which might flow from their action should concern them. They have no conception of the necessity of a well-organized society wherein all shall accept a certain quota of responsibility and all realize a reasonable amount of happiness.
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The premier example of American naturalism, Dreiser's remarkable first novel has deeply influenced such key writers as William Faulkner, F. This edition uses the text, which is regarded as the author's final version. It is so much more than that. Carrie was young and innocent when she escaped small town Wisconsin for big city Chicago.
So young - and especially so timid - that she did not know she could have hopes and dreams, let alone fulfill them. It has been a few dozen years since I was Carrie's age, but I can relate fully to that not knowing.
Dreiser's prose is simple, but his dialogue realistic.
In fact, I see he is listed at Writer's Home as being in the group of realism writers. I think I read somewhere that he was grouped with the naturalists, and I can see that also. At one point while reading, I thought of Zola.
The Zola analogy, though, is more due to the storyline. This is Dreiser's debut and it is one heck of a story. Unfortunately, Dreiser spoils the strength of his story by moralizing with the ending. It seems to me, that if you tell you story well enough, and you respect your readers enough, you do not need to spend the last half dozen pages explaining the meaning behind what you just said.
I will look for another Dreiser where I expect another strong story. This one was a solid four stars, but without pretensions of being five. If you haven't read it, you should! The story not only captures the reader into the story, it gives you a deep sense of mans crazy nature.
I just finished reading this one again. I first read it 7 years ago, and felt is was time to try it again. Dreiser really speaks to my soul!! Oh blind strivings of the human heart! Onward onward, it saith, and where beauty leads, there it follows. Whether it be the tinkle of a lone sheep bell o'er some quiet landscape, or the glimmer of beauty in sylvan places, or the show of soul in some passing eye, the heart knows and makes answer, following.
It is when the feet weary and hope seems vain that the heartaches and the longing arises. Know, then, that for you it is neither surfeit nor content. In your rocking-chair, by your window dreaming, shall you long, alone.
In your rocking chair, by your window, shall you dream such happiness as you may never feel. I must always warn myself against such blind strivings of the human heart. Focus on what is important. Our longings will tell us we want something that we do not have, but the truth is there if we realize it Happiness is a state of mind, not a circumstance.
Anyway I could go on and on, but I'll spare you my soap box. I hadn't read any of Dreiser's novels, and chose this over An American Tragedy since I'm not attracted to tragedy, as a rule.
As the Goodreads description suggests, the plot here concerns a young farm girl who comes to Chicago where a married sister of hers already lives to seek her fortune and is seduced, early on, into sexual sin.Nov 07, · I regret not getting to it sooner, as Sister Carrie is a remarkable novel and, I suspect, Theodore Dreiser may be a remarkable author.
In Sister Carrie Dreiser, the faithful reporter, presented the facts of existence in a segment of a new American city as he had known them. Sister Carrie Sister Carrie is a novel by Theodore Dreiser about a young country girl who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her own American Dream, first as a mistress to men that she perceives as superior, and later becoming a famous actress It has been called the Sister Carrie Dover Thrift Editions Sister Carrie came to.
Sister Carrie () is a novel by Theodore Dreiser about a young country girl who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her own American Dream, first as a mistress to men that she perceives as superior, and later becoming a famous actress.
It has been called the . Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones in Carrie, the film adaptation of Sister Carrie. Photograph: Allstar Sister Carrie is one of several novels in this series that address the American dream, and it does so in a radical spirit of naturalism that rejected the Victorian emphasis on morality.
Summary Note: summary text provided by external source. Theodore Dreiser's first and perhaps most accessible novel, Sister Carrie is an epic of urban life - the story of an innocent .
Theodore Dreiser's first and perhaps most accessible novel, Sister Carrie is an epic of urban life - the story of an innocent heroine adrift in an indifferent city.