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The Magnificent Ambersons

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Barnes & Noble must be commended for keeping in prints lesser known literary works. The Magnificent Andersons is a novel about transition. An upper class waspy family, and its place in society, is forever changed by the coming of the automobile and other industries and the period of massive immigration in the early 20th century. The main character, George Amberson, is a callow youth who becomes a victim not just of these forces, but of his own insistence on trying to hold on to the world he knew-of strict social structures where wealthy male protestants held power through birth not merit. This insistence results in tragedy, denying his mother the true love of her life and leaving his spinster aunt in abject poverty. Family love and loyalty may triumph-these are values George holds dear and lives up to-but they do nothing to prevent the destruction of an old way of life. In spite of some clunky sentences, Tarkington is an objective observer of events. I remember liking the Orson Wells film, the book is just as good. I even liked the old fashion over use of foreshadowing. Please visit: timothyherrick.blogspot.com

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

    Mostly, this is a good, old classic. I was surprised to discover

    Mostly, this is a good, old classic. I was surprised to discover it had won a Pulitzer Prize, but I realize that this was written in a different time period. It is hard to read this book from their frame of reference.

    Mostly, the book goes along at a nice clip. The characters are well-developed, and the dialogue is what one would expect from this time period and this privileged cast of characters.

    Realism is what drives this story. If you are looking for a romantic story where everyone lives happily after, I recommend you look elsewhere. I could have done without the psychic portion of the book, but at least there was no sex nor profanity.

    I think the author's most exquisite moment was when he wrote about the changes that occurred as times changed in the U.S. and the priveleged classes moved onward. That is probably what earned him an award.


    And what of the story? I would say that the story is engaging enough, but I am not particularly fond of the ending. I did appreciate the reality of the story. I suppose that explains the ending. Realistic stories often have no conclusion.

    I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    "Magnificent!"

    The book is entertaining and relatable. It also paints a clear picture of society during the turn of the century. Anyone would enjoy this book!

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Just a Meh book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2009

    A Classic

    There are reasons that some books are classics. This is a good example. It is as relevant today as in the time period it was written. The plot and characters stay with you. I guess the "entitled" have always existed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    Wonderful!!

    Tarkington shows how far one young man can sink into utter misery and then rise to redemption. This book should be required reading in American high schools.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    pride before the fall

    A great story of one of the most important families in history, The Ambersons.

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