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Sam Sattler

I absolutely love this book and have read it, I think, three times since first encountering it in a high school English class. I think it might surprise you a bit at how easy it is to get through...great story.

Danielle

Sam--Wow, that's impressive. I got as far as Clyde working as a bell hop the first time around--I think I just felt overwhelmed by the size of the book, but I've always been curious about the story. I'm hoping it turns out to be the sort of book that I don't want to put down, and I suspect once I really get into the story it will indeed go smoothly.

cathy

I remember this book being on our high school English optional reading list; no-one ever read it because of the size but it sounds good and I will give it a try this summer.

Marina

I haven't read this one, but I really enjoyed Sister Carrie by the same author! So I'm definitely looking forward to reading this as well. Looking forward to seeing what you make of it

Caroline

I was always tempted to read this as my mother told me many good things about it. I think she liked this and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn quite a lot. I don't think they can be compared or only for their social realism. I'm interested to see how you like it.

Vipula

This sounds really interesting - infact I didn't even go as down as the plot ..I was fascinated by the life of the writer!

Stefanie

Off to a good start! I am sure you can make it through this one. I look forward to your updates on your progress!

JoAnn

I've been considering this one for a long time! Will look forward to you updates in hopes that they'll help me make a decision.

Kate S.

I'm planning to read "An American Tragedy" this summer as well (in connection with my research on a lawsuit Dreiser brought against Paramount over their film adaptation of the book), so I'll be following your posts on it with interest!

Danielle

Cathy--I can't imagine choosing to read a book like this in high school even though I'm sure the subject matter would have been interesting. I have a feeling I'll be working on this for the better part of the summer, but as long as I finish I don't mind reading slowly.
Marina--I have Sister Carrie, too, and even downloaded the ebook onto my Nook. Not sure when I'll get to it, but I'd like to read it as well.
Caroline--I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and was thinking of it when I was writing about Kate Simon's memoir Bronx Primitive--in many ways they were very similar. How cool that your mom read it--it's such an intriguing story and I think once I get into the story and past the parts when he is growing up it will go very quickly!
Vipula--Some authors do have really interesting lives. I don't know much about him only that his books had stirred up controversy. I'll be curious to learn more about him and the period, too.
Stefanie--If only it didn't have such tiny print! I think this may be my "Edith Wharton" book--I remember your posts on the bio of her you were reading. This one may take a while but I hope to stick it out this time.
JoAnn--I've also been eyeing it for quite some time! I like the premise and have heard (rather read in the intro) that while it has a slow start (the beginning could have used a little cutting) that once you get into the thick of the story it becomes very engrossing. I hope that it the case.
Kate--Was it the Elizabeth Taylor movie/adaptation? I watched the trailer and they passed it off as a great love story, which seems a little curious since this was cold blooded murder. Leave it to Hollywood to give it a happy spin! ;) I'll have to look up the court case--I'm not familiar with it.

litlove

I'll be interested to see how you get on with Dreiser. I have one of his (Sister Carrie, I think) but hold back from his work because of the impression I've got from somewhere that he's a terribly sad writer. Goodness knows where I picked this up! This one sounds really good, but I always hesitate before chunksters; sometimes my stamina isn't quite what it should be!

Danielle

Litlove--I think his books are somewhat bleak--at least that's how I imagine them. Other than my failed attempt at this book years ago, I've never read any of his other books. I do hope now that I've gone on and on about it I stick it out. Maybe if I make myself write about it I will keep going--it is long and with tiny print, so my stamina may also not be up to it! :)

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