Publish date: January 31st 1962
Publisher: Signet Classics
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
Sister Carrie is one of those novels that you frequently hear mentioned in nineteenth century literary criticism but probably isn't something you would go out of your way to pick up at the library -- one of the lesser "classics" that you might miss because there's so many others to read. If you're n...
So I felt like I hadn't read anything "meaty" in a while and picked this up. I was expecting a turn of the century momralizing tale, dense with rich language and poetic prose. Instead, this is not as straightforward. The novel opens with "When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of tw...
Wtf. Didn't think it could get any worse until the end ruined it. This books has been a slow but constant decline. The style reminded me of a cheap mix of Balzac and James, and the mention of pere goriot in the last chapter gave me a bitter smile.
I can certainly see why this was so controversial when it was first published.
I can't believe I have to read this again. Maybe I'll like it better this time. UPDATE: Nope, I did not. Don't read this book.
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