The Financier Jennie Gerhardt, A Novel Sister Carrie The Titan Twelve Men
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This product is riddled with flaws and inexplicable missing pieces. I purchased it as a way to read Sister Carrie, but when I began reading, the paragraphs were jumbled, missing words, and often missing entire parts of sentences. When compared to a written edition, it seems like a bad translation from another language; this is a problem mainly because it was ORIGINALLY written in English. Please do not provide the "publisher" of this book with funds for an offensively low-quality product, and save yourself some money.
If zero stars was an option, I would have given it.
This review is for Jenny Gerhardt. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Mr. Dreiser's use of the english language is superb. The characters as well as the subject have a life of their own. The twists and turns of the characters' lives make it difficult to put down the book. The insight, the empathy, the happiness and the sadness all combine to keep the reader totally involved. I am reading this book to one of my groups of residents in an assisted living facility who are of the age where they can relate to life in these times. Reading and re-reading this book, chapter by chapter, makes for a very deep, soul searching look at life. I wish I had read this book earlier in my life rather than at this later time in life; I would have learned that sometimes short term goals are nowhere near as important and \valuable as long term goals. Plus there is a very valuable lesson in this book - one must truly evaluate the importance of life goals. Is it money, power, prestige or...
Let's get one small complaint out of the way...as with other Kindle-formatted off-copyrights, this collection does not include a navigable table of contents that I could find, so its tricky to find where on book ends and the next begins.
Other than that, it is a terrific collection of books. I bought it specifically for the Titan and the Financier. If you think that politically controlled media is a product only available since 2008, then you haven't read Dreiser's Trilogy of Desire! Both Financier and Titan stand on their own, put they are better read in sequence. Dreiser's vocabulary and syntax are comparable to Edith Wharton at her best. These books are best read on Kindle if only to make looking up words (some of his faves are trig, gainstay, vouchsafe, and nonplussed) instantaneous.
Don't be discouraged by the technical details of the financial sequences...even of you don't know what a 'sinking fund' is, you will get enough of an idea about is happening as...
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