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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com (13 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1236735323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1236735324
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,090,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser (August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945) was an American novelist and journalist of the naturalist school. His novels often featured main characters who succeeded at their objectives despite a lack of a firm moral code, and literary situations that more closely resemble studies of nature than tales of choice and agency. Dreiser's best known novels include Sister Carrie (1900) and An American Tragedy (1925). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on 30 Dec 2013
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I'm not talking about the book itself, but the painfully lazy conversion to ebook- DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION, either pay more for another kindle version, or buy a physical copy. This one is full of mistakes and grammatical errors to the extent that I found it unreadable. not just a few small typos, there are mistakes on nearly every page, some so bad I'm not sure what it's actually supposed to say, sentences that don't make sense etc. Don t be swayed by the price, Stay well clear of this version!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melvyn Elphee on 18 Mar 2013
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When I studied English Literature at London University in the 1960s, Dreiser was not on the map - indeed, unless you opted for a special American Literature paper (which I did not), no American writers were mentioned (apart from the pseudo-English Eliot and James) so that I came later - with delight - to Twain, Steinbeck, Whitman, Dickinson, Fitzgerald and with less delight to Hawthorne, Melville and Hemingway. But after forty years of reading and teaching English Literature, Dreiser did not figure in my consciousness until rently when a friend mentioned that An American Tragedy was one of the things she had enjoyed on her course in the USA. As that book did not figure on the free kindle downloads I opted for Sister Carrie instead. I am very glad to have commenced my acquaintance with Dreiser. He has something in common with Edith Wharton (the background society, though his emphasis is on a different part of it), Thomas Hardy (the tragic inevitability of poverty) and George Gissing (the realistic depiction of poverty and its manifestations), also a splash of Scott Fitzgerald in that he is one of the first critics of the American Dream. But he is sufficiently himself for us to need his voice.
It is quite a hard novel to "rate": on the negative side, the style is raw and clumsy (though often appropriately so), the plot has too many "and then"s rather than "and so"s, there is a creaky and unconvincing sensationalist robbery section which really needed re-writing and the thematically important character of Ames is under-developed, which weakens the force of the novel as a whole. But against this, it is so readable!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie on 12 Mar 2006
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Sister Carrie," Theodore Dreiser's debut novel, is the extraordinarily powerful story of Carrie Meeber, a naïve small-town girl from Wisconsin who comes to the big city, Chicago, to reside with her older sister's small family. The year is 1889. "She was eighteen years of age, bright, timid and full of the illusions of ignorance and youth."
Carrie is soon overwhelmed by the difficulty of finding work, especially since she has no previous experience as a wage earner. When she finally does get a job on an assembly line at a shoe factory for $3.50 per week, she is exhausted by long hours of standing and poor working conditions. "Not the slightest provision had been made for the comfort of the employees, the idea being that something was gained by giving them as little as possible." "The wash rooms and lavatories were disagreeable, crude, if not foul places, and the whole atmosphere was one of hard contract."
Carrie does well in spite of these hardships, but she must pay her sister's husband almost her entire salary for her room and board. With winter coming and the chill winds of a Chicago autumn upon her, Carrie has no money for a coat, hat, nor even an umbrella. She is absolutely wretched. Then she meets a young salesman, Charles Drouet, whom she had become slightly acquainted with on the train to the city. She is eventually tricked into living with him - seduced by his offers of marriage, and the economic security and comparative independence he provides her. She is still a girl and is motivated by impulses and her passive, overly trusting nature.
Carrie makes another serious mistake when she allows herself to be deceived a second time by a well-to-do, married saloon manager twice her age, Mr. Hurstwood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pippa M on 15 Jun 2014
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This may be a great story and I would love to know but this kindle version is the worst digitised book that I have ever read. It is so full of errors, bad spelling, grammar and punctuation that it is unreadable. It is just so sloppily done that the publishers ought to be ashamed to have made it available in this form. If you have ever used OCR (optical character recognition) software you will know what howlers it can create in mis-identifying words and grammar. But you would expect a publisher to have proof read and corrected the result before putting it on sale. Do not buy this version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Sounder on 25 May 2014
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Dreiser was recommended to me and I came to this with high hopes. These still exist but I will be seeking another edition. The novel is so badly typeset, with erroneous punctuation, extra words and missing words, that it seems at first to be an example of some unique, previously undiscovered, modernist style. But it's not. It's just a shoddy shambles. If you still think it's worth forking out 73p to confirm this, don't. It's not. Also see review by Daisy
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