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McTeague: a story of San Francisco (1899 original; edició 1899)

de Frank Norris

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Inspired by an actual crime sensationalized in the San Francisco press at the turn of the century, this riveting tale of avarice, degeneration, and death chronicles the demise of an ignorant charlatan and his avaricious wife. A compelling, realistic view of human nature at its most basic level.
Membre:GrahamHodges
Títol:McTeague: a story of San Francisco
Autors:Frank Norris
Informació:New York, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1904 [c1899]
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McTeague: A Story of San Francisco de Frank Norris (1899)

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A Book About the Gilded Age*

The only reason this book doesn't rate zero stars is because everyone gets the death they deserve by the end of the book. McTeague is a book filled with stupid, detestable characters who serve as caricatures for the evils Frank Norris sees in the world. The main character, McTeague, is too stupid to be believed, a hulking beast whose most memorable statements are "What? What?" and "I don't know. I don't know." If those two phrases don't hold your attention, don't read this book, because there's an unhealthy dose of them littered throughout the novel.

McTeague lacks a single likable character. His wife hordes money, going so far as to swindle McTeague out of his nickels and dimes and quarters, which, instead of spending, she hides in her trunk. There is a maid who constantly discusses a set of gold dishes her family once might have possessed (we never discover the truth or falsity of the claim), and a junk dealer who marries her solely for his lust to obtain the mythical dishes. There are an old dressmaker and a veterinarian who live next to each other and spend every night sitting alone listening to the other person through the wall. The worst is Marcus, cousin of McTeague's wife, Trina, who feels cheated when Trina wins five thousand dollars after they have stopped dating; Marcus determines to exact his revenge on her beau, McTeague. Add to these characters the unbelievability of the events (e.g. a dentist so strong he pulls teeth with his fingers, a man and a mule trekking through Death Valley for three days on a single canteen of water) and you have an unpleasant narrative about greed and stupidity that is frustratingly dull and long-winded. If you don't have to read this book for school (as I did), don't read it at all.

* - I've had to set my themed reading list aside for now, as I'm taking a couple literature classes this summer through a state program that provides free tuition for Texas residents over 55. This novel is assigned for my 19th Century American Literature class focused on the Gilded Age. ( )
  skavlanj | Nov 29, 2020 |
This is such a bizarre and creepy book. Great example of American naturalism. For those who love Faulkner! ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
Read this for my college Fiction class. Years later, I had a downstairs neighbor in my apartment that reminded me of McTeague, only I couldn't put my finger on it at the time. Scary.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
Written at the end of the 19th century, the pacing and language is certainly not modern. But the people and events, and their inexorable road to disaster, still hold true in current times. Today's "lost people" might take slightly different routes but the people's strengths and failings are universal. I kept thinking about how the removal of the safety net for the poor and helpless may lead soon to a variation of the end of this book. Very sad.

A shame that Frank Norris, Brett Harte, and Jack London are so little read these days. They're still timeless even if it does take a minute or two to adapt to the older style. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Nov 4 2011):
- 1899 novel set in San Francisco, by a novelist whose Naturalist style is a legacy of Hardy and Zola..
- McTeague is a brute. Norris presents him as such in keeping with a deep intellectual prejudice of the day when considering the plight of the underclass.. He's a former miner who finds more refined employment as a self-made dentist..
- In the cute, alabaster skinned Trina he discovers "the feminine element" and..marries her. Content at first, the marriage begins to crack when Trina wins $5000 in a lottery and emerges as a ninnyish tightwad.
- What I think stands out is, notably, the dialogue, which seems well observed and reads relatively fresh.. Another strength for me were the under-characters.. A pair of old neighbors, Zerkow, the red-headed Jew and resident junkman, falls under the spell of the delusional housemaid Maria.
- Polk Street, Presidio, the Cliff House, Goat Island - it's all in here.
-Frank Norris died tragically young. This book may be overlooked because of it. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Jan 31, 2018 |
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