“Sister Carrie” by Theodore Dreiser

Sister Carrie imageSister Carrie (1900) is a novel by Theodore Dreiser about a young country girl who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her own American Dream, first as a mistress to men that she perceives as superior, and later becoming a famous actress. It has been called the “greatest of all American urban novels.”[

Six people attended the meeting to discuss Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. It was generally enjoyed by those who attended (though I’m guessing not so much and not finished by some of those who did not attend). It gained an average score of 7.5 (52.75 / 7 – 1 email vote)m with a low of 4.75 and a high of 9.

Generally people thought the characters were well-rounded with understandable motivation, sympathetic in some ways and disliked in others.

It was considered realistic in its setting, characters and happenings and very interesting in giving a realistic portrayal of life at the time in a large, northern American city.

Several enjoyed the fact that the plot reversed expectations and the poor girl who ‘lost her innocence’ did not end up penniless and on the streets and, indeed, this was the fate of the ‘vile seducer’.

Although the book was American in author, character and settings, no-one found difficulty in understanding it because of its Americanness

– as has sometimes happened with other American books we have read.

We pretty much agreed that it was not a book you could keep putting down and picking up again a few days later. You needed to keep the momentum going.

It generated an interesting and lively discussion. Good suggestion, Bill.

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