Magnificent Ambersons

Magnificent Ambersons

eBook - 2013
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The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) is one of Booth Tarkington's most successful novels. It partly owes its success to its cinematographic adaptation by the renowned Orson Welles in 1942. The book contains 35 chapters and follows the descent of the Ambersons from aristocracy to the working class. The events take place in a fictitious town much similar to Tarkington's native Indianapolis. The family's fortune has been made in the late nineteenth century by Major Amberson, the grandfather of the novel's protagonist George Amberson. The latter has been raised as a pampered and spoiled child to become an irresponsible adult. He falls in love with Lucy who comes from a modest family. As the town is industrially and financially transforming, George's pretentiousness plays a major role in the gradual loss of the family's advantages and magnificence. The narrative generally follows the bankruptcy of certain aristocratic families and the rise of other families to great fortunes. Ironically, one of these rising families is Lucy's family. Noble titles and family history are contrasted with pragmatism and serious perspiration in a way that highlights the typically American value of cherishing the latter and looking down on the former.
Publisher: [United States] :, A Word To The Wise :, 2013.
ISBN: 9781780008059
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jan 05, 2016

One of the best books I have ever read. At first, it seems to be a story about an arrogant child growing up and becoming and insufferable adult. But It is so much more than this. It is a story about choices and how they can shape your life forever. It is a story about love; the love of a doting mother for her son, the love of a father for his daughter, or the love of a woman for a man. Most of all, it is a story about forgiveness, for none of us are perfect.

athompson10 Dec 18, 2015

The downfall of a family and its fortune in three generations. Well written and stars one of the most unpleasant, arrogant, selfish characters in fiction.

Sep 06, 2012

Bookclub read Sept 2012

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