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Susan Cyganiak

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  • An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream.

    beatrice says: "a period piece, still resonant"
    "Too Depressing Even For Me"
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    Maybe I am crazy, but I am listening my way through Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. I joined Audible because my local library offered fewer than sixty book on the list in the recorded version. "An American Tragedy" is #7 on the list, and was among my first Audible choices.

    "An American Tragedy" tells the story of an young man from meager beginnings seeking to improve his fortune. Repeatedly, his good manners, appearance and charm enable him to secure good situations, but his poor choices ruin his chances, and the consequences he suffers each time are more serious than the last. Like "Sister Carrie," which I enjoyed very much, Dreiser's writing of "An American Tragedy" unveils events slowly so as to provide a depth and richness of characters, place and time.

    Sadly, after thirteen hours of listening, I decided to put the book away. The story brought on feelings of depression that were unpleasant and hard to shake off. While I've enjoyed many books that other people find depressing, for some reason this one just was too much for me.

    Since I didn't finish it, I can't recommend to read it or not! But hopefully my comments will help others decide about reading "An American Tragedy."

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