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The Financier Broché – 1961

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Fascinating exploration of wealth, power and back-stabbing 20 mai 2000
Par William A. Marsh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I must point out that Mr. Dreiser is one of my favorite authors. Sister Carrie, Jeanne Gerhardt (sp?) and An American Tragedy are the finest books on American society in the same manner that Anthony Trollope's works on Victorian England are the finest of their ilk.
The Financier takes the reader to Philadelphia just prior to and around the time of the civil war. Mr. Cowperwood starts small,dreams bigger and free-falls gigantically. The power plays and court trial are fascinating studies of human nature and a treatise on Dreiser's nature -vs- nurture views.
But far deeper in the story lies the its heart- Coperwood's love for one of his financial partner's daughters. The lengths they go to keep the relationship going matched with the lenghts her father goes to stop it (she is much younger and he is married) is a fine a redition of love against the odds as you'll read.
Its amazing how a sophmoric book like "Martin Dressler" can win a Pulitzer Prize while the journalistic genius of Mr. Dreiser remains on the fringes of mainstream of American Literature.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Dreiser - an early great in modern American fiction 6 juin 2005
Par Shawn S. Sullivan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Theodore Dreiser writes a towering novel in The Financier. It would be a grave oversimplification to state that this is a novel about "business". Rather, he is among the very first American writers that dealt with realism. Frank North was certainly another. Between them they mark an inflection point in writing. They wrote about the world as they saw it, somewhat akin to journalism. They didn't mind, but rather relished, getting "dirty" in the world of commerce. Men toiled in this world - why not write about it and the troubles and ethical delimas created therein?

This work is about a man's drive, his inability to satisfy himself, relationship destruction, identity loss and society. It demonstrates in very real terms how high one can climb and then fall. It is a book that deals with ethics and ponders about whether needs can ever be truly met by the most driven.

This book clearly belongs up there with the great ones. It shows a writing style and a mind of a genius. It also began to set the pace for some great writing in the 20th Century.
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everyone should read this book 5 janvier 2012
Par marvin chester - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The book takes place around 1870 but it is as relevant today as it was then. It's not a great work of literature. But it offers insight and illumination into financial manipulation, the workings of society and the philosophical outlook of people for whom achieving wealth and power is of first importance. It also very nicely illustrates the interplay of events and talent. Once you get into it it's hard to put down.
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The Financier is a naturalistic examination of an amoral businessman in the financial jungle of nineteenth century America 21 janvier 2009
Par C. M Mills - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Hoosier novelist Theodore Dreiser published "The Financier" in 1912. It was the first of his trilogy dealing with American business. Subsequent volumes are "The Pit" and "The Genius." "The Financier" has been published in a new edition by Penguin with a useful introduction by Lazer Ziff. It is a long and slow moving novel which will bore some readers.
The novel is a fictional account of a rutless financier who ascends the financial Matterhorn only to lose it all due to his criminality. Frank Copwerwood is born to a Philadelphia banker. He has a knack for business who charms and schemes his way to a million dollars and a beautiful home.
Cowperwood is a is a keen judge of men, the market and how societal events affect the stock market. He weds a nice but dumb widow; sires two children and carries on a long affair with another woman. Aileen Butler is the beautiful and bright daughter of an Irish businessman. When her father learns of the affair with the older Cowperwood he seeks his ruin.
Cowperwood spends over a year in prison for taking money from the City Treasurer in cahoots with the repulsive Uriah Heep-like Philadephia City treasurer. He emerges from prison undaunted; quickly regains his fortune and heads for Chicago with Aileen. He had earlier divorced his longsuffering wife Lillie making sure she and the children are provided for in Philadelphia comfort. The Chicago fire of 1871 plays an important role in bringing Cowperwood's criminal behavior to light.
Dreiser's novels are naturalistic in their description of dirty dealings, sexual escapades and the amorality of American business. Ehicks are a missing component in the life of the Type A personality of Cowperwood. He is always alert on how to make a buck and wield power.
The book is an example of gritty naturalism. It does, however, become tedious as Dreiser goes into incredible detail on the financial scene. The best parts of the book, deal with Cowperwood's private life. He emerges as a Nietzchian superman figure who conquers life through is forceful personality, strong financial acumen and complete lack of morality. Dreiser refuses to judge Cowperwood using his authorial voice.
Dreiser's is an awkward writer whose sentences lumber along. What makes him readable is an ability to tell a good story. He manifests
the reality underlying the hpyocrisy of American society. This is a book which is not for everone. It is a classic which demands time and thought.
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"I Satisfy Myself..." 11 mars 2004
Par S. Pactor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Ah, Theodore Dreiser... Even though I don't really enjoy reading him at times, I can't stay away. This is the third Dreiser book I've read (The other two: The Titan, and Sister Carrie). I would certainly recommend Sister Carrie over The Financier, but I would recommend this book over its succesor, The Titan.
The Financier is the by now familiar tale of the rise/fall/rise of an aspiring financial tycoon. The only difference between Frank Cowperwood (protagonist of The Financier) and the Gordon Gecko of 80's "Wall Street" fame, is that Cowperwood is working in the 1860's , not the 1980's and he lives in Philly, not NYC.
Cowperwood is the son of a bank vice president. He posseses a preternatural gift for finance and an, ahem, well developed, sense of self interest. Cowperwood is the sort of Spencerian/ Darwinian/Nietchzian "super man" that is as common in early twentieth century American fiction as the self obsessed yuppie has become in early twenty first century American television.
Cowperwood's catch phrase during this book is "I satisfy myself." Personally, I found that phrase a tad redolent of omanism, if you know what I mean, but I'm sure Dreiser had the purest of intentions at the time.
The plot of the book concerns machinations involving Cowperwood and his handling of city bonds. I know, it sounds dry. Well, it is dry, and boring, especially for the first hundred and fifty pages, where Dresier seems intent on teaching the readers all about the operation of financial markets in Philly in the 1860's.
The story picks up when a fire hits Chicago, and Cowperwood's shenanigans are detected. Cowperwood is then tried, convicted and sent to prison. It's a good time. Makes for fun reading.
Of almost equal importance is Cowperwood's penchant for the illicit affair. His courtship of Aileen Butler, the daughter of one of his patrons, absorbs a good forty percent of the book. In "The Titan", Butler becomes his wife when they move to Chicago.
Overall, I'd say the book is worth checking out if only for Dreiser's reportage. You can practically taste the 1860's. Also notable is his expert discussion of financial markets in that period, and I might add, his lovely descrption of conditions at the Eastern Pentitentiary.
Check it out.
If you like this book, you might also want to check out the Titan, Sister Carrie, Frank Norris's "The Pit" and that same author's "The Octopus", for similarly themed work.
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