Sister Carrie by Theodore DreiserWhen a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things. Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse.
The tale of Carrie Meebers rise to stardom in the theatre and George Hurstwoods slow decline captures the twin poles of exuberance and exhaustion in modern city life as never before. The premier example of American naturalism, Dreisers remarkable first novel has deeply influenced such key writers as William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saul Bellow, and Joyce Carol Oates. This edition uses the 1900 text, which is regarded as the authors final version.
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Shruti Bhat May 13, Did You Know? Some criticized it for the title as it gave an impression that the protagonist is a 'nun', while others considered the content too bold for the readers. Although the book did not appeal to the masses, it garnered positive reviews from most of the critics. The Modern Library rated it the 33rd on its list of the best English-language novels of the 20th century in The story revolves around young Carrie, who leaves her home to explore the world at the young age of
At first, it did not receive any warm welcome with the public and the critics. In America it was published in an edition of one thousand copies. The main personage of the novel, Carrie Meeber, having become of age moves to Chicago from a small backward town of Columbia City. Like most Americans, the girl is driven by a single pursuit: to conquer this city, and if it appears impossible to be a stunning success there, then to become its integral part. Carrie was brought up in the spirit of classical moral values, but she soon falls from grace.
Caroline Meeber, known as Carrie, leaves her home at age eighteen and takes the train to Chicago. The man sitting behind her on the train, named Drouet, starts talking to her. Carrie soon becomes interested in him due to his fine clothing and manners. Upon arriving in Chicago she says goodbye to him, but not before she has given him her address. Carrie meets her sister Minnie Hanson and moves into one of the rooms in Minnie's apartment.
Eighteen-year-old Carrie Meeber is leaving her parents and her small Midwestern town behind. She's on a train headed for Chicago where she's got plans to move in with her big sister Minnie.
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Filled with fears, tears, and regrets, she is nonetheless determined to make her way in the big city. On the long train ride she meets a handsome young traveling salesman named Charles Drouet. Shy at first, she is warmed and made confident by Drouet's easy manner and flashy clothes. He seems to her the epitome of wealth and influence. When the train arrives in Chicago, she and Drouet make plans to meet again the following week so that he can show her the sights of the city.