American Tragedy

An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser, Richard R. Lingeman This is a great book, and I hated it.

I've read it many years ago, and I don't think I've ever re-read it. I remember its atmosphere of inexorable circumstances, of destiny if you will, in no noble sense, but equally powerful.

There were ordinary people we got to know, to connect with, to care for, driven masterfully to ruin, in a way impossible to escape. We understand them, we know why, and that makes it difficult to live with.

This book is enthralling, well written, consistent, believable, that I kept turning the pages. And I hated it, I hated that it made sense within, that you can't detach and play the spectator.

You don't get to play the moralizer from your cozy home on this one.

This is a great book. Perhaps I'll re-read it one day.