This January, a few of us are committing to reading Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser.
The hashtag will be #CarrieAlong for those who like to discuss books on Twitter. (That would be me.)
This classic would count for the following challenges (and likely a few more! feel free to add such in the comments)
- 20th Century – Sister Carrie was published in 1900.
- Very Long – Sister Carrie is over 500 pages.
- Person’s Name in the Title
Other interesting facts to entice you…
Sister Carrie is on the 1001+ Books to Read Before You Die.
If you don’t recognize the author, perhaps you know of his most famous book, An American Tragedy? (I have not read this, fyi.)
Mr. Dreiser has been noted for having pioneered “Wikipedia. I couldn’t tell you what the naturalist school is, so this should be a FUN learning experience.“, according to
Probably would count as a BANNED BOOK though it isn’t the right month for that reading challenge. Dreiser was communist! (gasp.)
and, YES! There has been a movie based on this work of fiction! The studio called it Carrie because otherwise people might think the story was about a nun. (It’s not, in case you were wondering.)
I am curious if Stephen King was aware of Sister Carrie; wondering if we can find any allusions or related themes or ??? — or not.
The cover of the edition I own is NOT in goodreads and I am taking a poll whether or not I should add since I have the power of being a goodreads editor. What do you think? (Bantam Classic Feb 1982, EL Doctorow Introduction)
Quote on the back cover:
When a girl leaves 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.”
Ha, guess which kind of tale THIS is going to be!
RULES and REGULATIONS: none, other than start or finish it in January of 2015 and discuss here or at any of the joiner-in-ers’ blogs. I won’t even do a linky-thing. Just leave a comment. I’ll post on the very last day of January so you can check in here or then. Thanks!
* 1953 Academy Awards for Art Direction AND Best Costumes went to The Bad and the Beautiful.