Tag: Realism

1886, Books, Fiction

The Bostonians by Henry James (1886)

I haven’t fallen in love in the teenage / young adult sense in some time. The last time I was 26 I think. But that being said, I still think I have a good idea of what it is like. Now, I’m not trying to say love is rational, as it totally isn’t. But I’m …

1880, Books, Fiction

Washington Square (1880, Henry James)

I can’t begin to explain how annoying it is when an author makes his protagonist nothing. Virtually every time James describes Catherine in the first third of Washington Square, it is through negation: she isn’t this, she wasn’t that. Why do I care? I can’t relate to a person who is merely not this and …

1936, Books, Fiction

The Big Money by John Dos Passos

Whereas I found Nineteen Nineteen to be a significant improvement on the first book, this one feels like he has lapsed back into his bad habits, and he gets confused between the form and the storytelling. He is still writing reasonably compelling stories but he can’t decide whether he wants to tell one person’s story …

1925, 2007, Books, Non-Fiction

An American Tragedy (1925) by Theodore Dreiser

How is An American Tragedy on any best of list? I don’t get it. Dreiser is not a very good writer. I mean, he’s ridiculous. Everything ever has an explanation, apparently. As human beings, we can understand every single aspect of every single action and find all the causes, both major ones and minor / …