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. Extraordinary in scope and power, vivid in its sense of wholesale human waste, unceasing in its rich compassion, An American Tragedy stands as Theodore Dreiser's supreme achievement.
First published in 1925 and based on an actual criminal case, An American Tragedy was the inspiration for the 1951 film A Place in the Sun, which won six Academy Awards and starred Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.
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I think, it's a very good book and a great audiobook but tragic.
Also I disliked some of it, I was constantly captivated by it.
Narrator is amazingly good.
Clyde Griffiths, an ambitious social climber with grave personal flaw, fell in and out of love with an adoring factory girl, but has to abandon his moral anchor when the opportunity of fortune and status avail itself in the affection of an upper-class dame. Affectingly developed characters, biographical realism and a simple, linear yet encompassing plot line lend this fiction its masterpiece mantle.
Dan John Miller gave a titillating narrating performance.
Couldn't get past the first dozen chapters. The narration is really good, but the story is slow and the writing is monotonous. Bleech. Not my cup of tea.
75 yr old MWF. I like historical novels with more history than story. Audiobooks shouldn't have too many characters.
In high school we were told that this novel ranked with Moby Dick as "THE Great American Novel." I'm glad I finally got to it in my old age! Well, Moby Dick may be a greater novel, but it is much harder to read. This book flows and unfolds like a soap opera and really held my interest to the end. Dan John Miller is a wonderful reader. He can do voices -- children, regional accents, and is able to give each character a different voice. I highly recommend this novel.
The hero of the book is Clyde, and this book is a sort of coming-of-age for him. Hwe seems all too real as he changes from the obedient son of a street preacher into a ruthless man. That may be a spoiler, so I don't want to say any more.
yes, but it is a long one!
I was surprised at how drawn in I was with this story.It's over slow moving but enthralling. I found myself anxious to get back to it when reading something else.The characters are fascinating. The book could have been shorter and therefore would have been better, but I still had to give it five stars.
this book is read to slow, and even with a different reader it will still be to slow. at times it feels like my teeth was pulledout without being numm.
I started this already knowing the plot. This, however, did not ruin it for me. The plot builds slowly, but builds to great intensity. Clyde Griffith is a fascinating character. Although by no means "noble", Dreiser does a great job bringing the reader into the mindset of the protagonist. I think he also did a terrific job getting the perspectives of the other characters as well.
The narrator is one of the best narrator's I've ever listened to. A clear, pleasant voice who easily slipped into the many characters, male and female, without being distracting. I would love to hear more of his work.
I purchased this because I'm on a Mission to read the top 100 books of all time... I love Paul literature so I can't complain, this book was very long, with little story. On to the next..
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