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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Book Review: The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington


Title: The Magnificent Ambersons

Author: Booth Tarkington

Genre: Classic, Historical Fiction

About the book: 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. (From Goodreads)

My thoughts: This book was hard for me to get into at first.  It is always hard with the classics as they are written at a different time and you have to be able to immerse yourself in the writing.  After a while though I had a black and white film running in my head to accompany the dialogue.  This makes me wonder whether I had seen the movie adaption at some point and don't remember it.  I digress - I did like the book and think the lessons are relevant with each generation since it was written until now - which is sort of stated towards the end of the book - how each generation is replaced and the old is forgotten by the new.  I did check the movie out from the library and hope to watch it sometime this week.

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