Sister Carrie

Sister Carrie

Book - 1998
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Young Carrie Meeber leaves home for the first time and experiences work, love, and the pleasures and responsibilities of independence in late-nineteenth-century Chicago and New York.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780199539086
Characteristics: xl, 466 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Lee Clark 1947-


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"A teenage girl without money or connections leaves her small town in search of a better life in Dreiser's revolutionary first novel. The chronicle of Carrie Meeber's rise from obscurity to fame -- and the effects of her progress on the men who use her and are used in turn -- aroused much co... Read More »

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Apr 06, 2020

I really enjoyed this book! There wasn't a great big climax or any serious conflict (although at the time of its release it was controversial), it is simply a story about a young girl making decisions and finding her own voice in a world that is less than sympathetic to an independent female. The book takes place in the late 1800's in Chicago and NYC and it highlights just how important class was back then.

Feb 01, 2016

This is classic Dreiser. I just read it for the second time, the first time was in 1975 for school. It's a much better read when there isn't a term paper required at the end! A bit slow and plodding but that goes well with Dreiser's books.

Sep 04, 2014

18/7 - I enjoyed this, but can't really say why. It was quite slow, certainly slower than my normal reading choices; there were no big events and no climatic ending; and none of the main characters were people I wanted to barrack for, for more than a few pages at a time. Carrie had her sympathetic moments, but there were times when I wanted to sit her down and explain the ways of the world or shake some sense into her. I was happy that Carrie finally managed to 'make it' on her own without the help of a man (what I imagine would have been a minor miracle in those days), and almost wanted to say to her "See, you can do it on your own. Drouet and Hurstwood were just dragging you down and holding you back." It was a blessing in disguise that neither of them actually married her.

If you read my reviews regularly you might have read my views on themes and messages within books - that they're not for me and tend to go straight over my head - I just don't see them, unless they're shoved down my throat (and books that do that are another story altogether). So, I don't really know what Dreiser might have been attempting to say with this book, but I did get a feeling of feminine empowerment from Carrie's ability to survive with or without the two men who came into her life. If that's not what Dreiser was trying to say then obviously I wasn't meant to understand it, but I still managed to find enough to interest me and keep me reading (which was a feat in and of itself as at 557 pages this is now the longest book I've read this year).

FrauSison Dec 27, 2013

I first read this for an assignment for my senior English Lit. class over Christmas break in 1987. I chose the author and book from a class list of required reading. Its plot and imagery have stayed with me since then, and I wish to read it again with my middle-age perspective. It must have been a good book.

Jul 18, 2008

Great American Novel - and a protagonist who is not male.

wonderful descriptions and some very flawed characters. a very good read. the imagery of carrie in her rocking chair is still with me.


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Apr 06, 2020

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Apr 06, 2020

After Carrie leaves her family in rural America and moves to a big city she is almost immediately faced with temptations and the decisions that accompany them. As she strives to find her "american dream" she falls in with men that don't have her best interest at heart but offer her material things that she had only previously been able to marvel at through shop windows. As she navigates the consequences of her choices she discovers her own path to a life that is truly hers.


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Apr 06, 2020

"We must remember that it may not be a knowledge of right, for no knowledge of right is predicated of the animal's instinctive recoil at evil. Men are still led by instinct before they are regulated by knowledge."


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