Friday, October 31, 2008

2008 Book 96: The Magnificent Ambersons

Book #:96

Book Title:The Magnificent Ambersons

Author:Booth Tarkington

Publisher:Random House

Pub. Date:1918 (original); 1998 (this version)


Started:October 27, 2008

Finished:October 31, 2008

Time to Read:5 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1918, The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. The protagonist of Booth Tarkington's great historical drama is George Amberson Minafer, the spoiled and arrogant grandson of the founder of the family's magnificence. Eclipsed by a new breed of developers, financiers, and manufacturers, this pampered scion begins his gradual descent from the midwestern aristocracy to the working class."


Review:Classic or not, the Magnificent Ambersons was magnificently boring. I understand that this story is supposed to be a literary accounting of the decline of old society with the advent of the industrial age...however, it seems that the old society just couldn't decline fast enough. The characters were not likable. The plot meandered along without any clear inkling of where it was heading or why. Dialog was stilted at best. The setting was just not interesting. In all, that may have been purposeful for the effect the author intended to affect...but for this reader, it was just painful to get through to the end. Read it if you're interested in the classics or in the Pulitzer Prize winners, but don't hold out hopes to be impressed.

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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