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The Magnificent Ambersons
September 22, 2019 Comments.. 830
The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington 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 developersWinner 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.. The Magnificent Ambersons Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty The protagonist of Booth Tarking
  • Title: The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Author: Booth Tarkington
  • ISBN: 9780253205469
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Fabian says:

      All the tropes of the All American Novel notwithstanding, the best part of Magnificent Ambersons is the creation of its protagonist, Georgie Amberson, perennial brat complete asshole His impressions on the town, of which he is the most affluent and expectation filled member, of the riffraff, are outstandingly hell air eeous There are multiple love stories, some romantic, some familial There are several dashes with history, especially with the invention of the automobile Yup, a novel about Americ [...]

    2. Evan says:

      First and last 100 pages are exquisite as good as anything I ve ever read Middle section bogs down in some repetition and tedious dialogue as the world passes the Ambersons by and they fritter away their lives in clueless trivialities Many readers will not be able to stand the uncompromising stubbornness of the spoiled Georgie Amberson Minafer All in all, what a talent for description and grasp of the novel s time Tarkington has The style pulls you right along, simple yet not simplistic The subt [...]

    3. Darwin8u says:

      There aren t any old times When times are gone they re not old, they re dead There aren t any times but new times Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent AmbersonsThis is one of those fantastic little classics it won the Pulitzer Prize s second prize for the Novel category in 1919 that while not exactly ignored, certainly aren t read as frequently today as the author s talent should demand It was made in 1942 into a movie by Orson Wells his second film so it does have that anchor to keep it from slipp [...]

    4. Misfit says:

      Wow, just wow This is what writing is supposed to be, although I m having a terrible time putting my feelings into words I loved the way the author used spoiled, self centered George to show the reader the changes brought about by modern inventions and industrial growth, instead of telling us about these changes How refreshing I did like George a lot, but there were things he did to try to stop those changes in his life, to the point of alienating those he loved most, things that just make you b [...]

    5. Chrissie says:

      At this link topic show Diane, Leslie and I have shared our thoughts as we all read it at the same time There are two reasons to read this book, no three I wanted to test the author I had not read him before, and it is considered a classic Secondly it draws a picture of a time and place Midwestern America at the turn of the 20th Century Industrialization, railroads, cars and new opportunities to make something of yourself even if you are not born into wealth Thirdly, by looking at George Amberso [...]

    6. William Durden says:

      It always cracks me up that this is the 100th book on the Modern Library top 100 list I haven t actually read very many books on that list, but I m always proud of the fact that I ve read the one that just barely made it.

    7. Duane says:

      1919 Pulitzer Prize winner.I gave this 4.5 stars but rounded up to 5 because it was that good This writer and this novel have slipped into obscurity which is a shame, because this is one of the best American novels that I have read from the early 20th century Tarkington is one of only 3 writers who have won than 1 Pulitzer, Faulkner and Updike being the others I was surprised at how good the writing was, how well developed the characters were, and the excellence of a story line that rivals his [...]

    8. Tami says:

      I just finished this book and I have to say that I actually choked down some emotion at the end of it, which surprised me I think what got me the most is the regret felt by some characters and also the humanity shown by others It is set in an important time in American history A time of change and growth and development We see a small pretty little midland town around the turn of the last century and the known family that pretty much rules everything During the course of the book we see how the [...]

    9. Wanda says:

      While reading The Magnificent Ambersons, I couldn t help but compare Tarkington s work to that of his fellow Hoosier, Kurt Vonnegut I know, completely unfair, as they are of different generations But I think they share a certain desire to demonstrate the necessity for kindness in an industrial world.Interestingly, the other writer that I kept thinking of was Robertson Davies Seeing the world from the view point of George Amberson Minifer was a little like looking at Canada through the eyes of Bo [...]

    10. Jane says:

      Where I got the book ARC from publisher Some spoilers in the review.One of the most delightful aspects of the e book revolution is the opportunity to rediscover once loved novels that are no longer household names Although they re usually available for free, I m all in favor of publishers like Legacy Romance charging a low price for well formatted digital versions I can see that this trend will grow and competition will become fiercer, which is all good for the reader.I had heard of the 1942 fil [...]

    11. Steve says:

      Not so many people read Booth Tarkington these days Too bad He s got a lot to say about the way people are It may seem a little dated on the surface, but so much of the human nature that he observes so well is timeless I liked what this one said about character and comeuppances Maybe my word choices are a little dated, too Comeuppances

    12. Leslie says:

      Maybe even 4.5 While I knew most of the plot from watching the excellent film adaptation 1942 directed by Orson Wells and starring Joseph Cotten , it was worthwhile reading the original novel Tarkington is one of a small handful of authors who have won the Pulitzer Prize than once and reading this novel, I could understand why Wells focused on the family drama in the film and ended a few chapters short of the book but the book shows that Tarkington is interested in the wider social commentary [...]

    13. El says:

      Apparently The Magnificent Ambersons 1918 is actually a part of a trilogy The fact that I was not made aware of this until I had finished reading it makes me angry That s one of the problems with reading the Introduction after reading the book Additionally it seems silly to me to include the second book in a trilogy on the Modern Library s Top 100 List The other two must really suck.This is the story of the Amberson family and their fortune We watch young George Amberson grow from a spoiled chil [...]

    14. Jason Pettus says:

      Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally The CCLaP 100 In which I read for the first time a hundred so called classics, then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelEssay 65 The Magnificent Ambersons 1918 , by Booth TarkingtonThe story in a nutshell Originally published in 1918, Booth Tarkington s The Magnificent Ambersons tells a story famil [...]

    15. Steve says:

      I may write something longer, later, but right now I m too irritated with the stupid use of Duex ex Machina at the ending of the book Within the context of the times, I understand spiritualism could come up That said, The Magnificent Ambersons is pretty much religious free Oh, there might be an occasional mention of going to church, and one older character spends some time reflecting on his eventual end, but that s it To actually hinge the novel s resolution on such a device is bad art And this [...]

    16. Audra (Unabridged Chick) says:

      Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1919, this book has always been on my vague to be read list Now and then, I think I want to read all the Pulitzer winners, or fiction from the early 20th century, etc etc so I was excited to be part of the blog tour for this release Somehow, I ve managed to not only never read this book but also never see any of the film or t.v versions, so I was really unsure of what I was getting into but I immediately loved Tarkington s writing from the first chapter.The story fo [...]

    17. Diane S ☔ says:

      Review to follow.

    18. Dusty says:

      Update The first time I read Ambersons, oh so many years ago, I was entranced I felt I had stumbled upon a lost treasure and was equally repulsed and bewitched by the character at the center, young Georgie Minafer After reading it a second time, my admiration for the Georgie character is unchanged, even as I find myself questioning other aspects of the book In particular, I object to the presentation of the book s few African American characters and think Tarkington ultimately goes too easy on P [...]

    19. Stephanie says:

      I did not get the point of this book until the end and then realized it was about how society changed dramatically during the industrial revolution How the car changed the cities, why all of the beautiful old homes are in the worst parts of town When I was done I was so glad I read it to better understand how American cities have developed.

    20. Rosemarie says:

      This book would have been better if the characters had been rounded and developed The character who received the most attention from the author, Georgie, was also the most annoying The book was entertaining but lacking in substance.

    21. Justin says:

      The Magnificent Ambersons barely made the Modern Library s Top 100 list when they compiled their take on the greatest novels of the 20th century It sneaks in at the bottom of the list which gives the initial impression that it s good, but it s not great Well, if you consider there were a gazillion books written in the 20th century and the Modern Library chose 100 of those as the best, it s really an accomplishment to be on the list Being ranked at 100 still puts this book in the top 0.00001% of [...]

    22. Tim says:

      I seem to be reading novels about the failure of fortune and the passing of eras lately LikeSilas Marner andThe Tides of Mont St Michel, The Magnificent Ambersons tells the story of a man who can begin to live only after he is broken, his sense of his place in the social order remade.I love reading old books that are now largely forgotten They give so much insight into an age It s as much the aspects of the books that are time bound as those that are timeless that I find fascinating.The irony in [...]

    23. Derek Davis says:

      There s an odd undertone to this novel The writing is generally superb, the characters beautifully realized, butWhy is the main character, young George Amberson, so consistently repugnant a dickhead would be an apt term yet so well respected as he ruins the lives of those around him Because he looks good Because he has endless money Because he has no ambition in life except to uphold the family name How is it that Tarkington s writing sparkles with wit and skewering social commentary, yet George [...]

    24. Tressa says:

      I ve been wanting to read this for years, but now I m wondering if I should continue It seems a little too obvious and over the top when introducing the shallow, elitist, jerk Georgie Amberson It s just not a very subtly written book I m at the part where he just met a girl at a dance, a girl who seems down to earth than most people Georgie hangs with and every comment out of his mouth highlights what a snob he is Just seems too pat, if you ask me This book is currently not grabbing my attentio [...]

    25. Elisabeth says:

      Originally read in 2011 additional thoughts added after 2015 re read.The opening of The Magnificent Ambersons breaks all the rules we are told to observe these days when writing first chapters The first paragraph does catch the reader s attention and foreshadows much of what is to comebut instead of diving immediately into the action and plot, author Booth Tarkington then devotes the entire first chapter to a minute description of fashion, architechture, hairstyles, transportation, interior deco [...]

    26. Kamryn (GreyZone) says:

      The greatest tragedy of this book is the misleading first chapter If a writer was to mail this into a publisher today, it would never make it out of the sludge pile simply because of the way it s introduced no characters, no plot, or anything of relative importance to a novel is shown in those imperative few first pages If I wasn t reading this because I had to, I would have been much wearier and probably abandoned The Magnificent Ambersons because it opens as a history textbook however, ends as [...]

    27. James Peavler says:

      The 1919 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature is, on the surface, the story of George Amberson Minafer, the sole grandson of Major Amberson, the richest man in a Midwesterner city It themes, on the other hand, are fascinating What makes a classic novel great is when it reads and feels like a snapshot in time This is one of those classics, showing the beginnings of the automobile industry and the urban sprawl that afflicted many towns and cities at the turn of the century.There are vivid d [...]

    28. Czarny Pies says:

      At the time that I started writing this review, The Magnificent Ambersons had been rated by 6748 GoodReads members In comparison, F Scott Fitzgerald s Great Gatsby had 2,316,268 ratings The disproportion is absurd The Magnificent Ambersons which won the 1919 Pulitzer Prize is by far the better book Anyone who likes American literature should thoroughly enjoy this novel.The Magnificent Ambersons is in its essence a retelling of the Aesop Fable of the Horse and the Ass which demonstrates that prid [...]

    29. SW says:

      Elegant and brutal The Magnificent Ambersons is set in the lavish American aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution of the automobile Like the countryside, Georgie Amberson, the protagonist, is born into opulence and over the course of the narrative is pulled from his blissful wealth and into the lonely and equally thankless dregs of the industrial world Everything within the pages of The Magnificent Ambersons changes, mostly for the worst, according to the central characters Everyo [...]

    30. Jennifer says:

      I am dumbfounded as to why THIS novel is not held in as high regard as the vastly overrated Great Gatsby is in terms of being the quintessential American Novel This was one of the finest written pieces of literature I have yet to encounter The story opens in an unnamed midwestern town at the fin de siecle Young and despicable, the protagonist George Amberson Minafer prefers doing things rather than being things and fails to see the end of his world as his family fortune is slowly overtaken by th [...]

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