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Rather than join the new mechanical age, George prefers to remain a gentleman, believing that "being things" is superior to "doing things". But as his town becomes a city, and the family palace is enveloped in a cloud of soot, George's protectors disappear one by one, and the elegant, cloistered lifestyle of the Ambersons fades from view and finally vanishes altogether. The book won the 1919 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and inspired the Orson Welles film of the same name.
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By shortforu on 01-05-11
Wonderful, classic story
This is a great tale of fortunes one and lost, unchanged love, and personal redemption. Included is the Lorax-like quality of the growth of this midland city, and a glimpse to the building up of America.
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By Barbara on 06-15-15
The story would be greatly more appreciated if one would drive through an old neighborhood seeing a stately mansion sandwiched between apartments and rental housing. "Ahhh, now I understand !" The story brings to life how the collapse of the early 1900s came about. Historically accurate. How arrogance brings calamity and how true love redeems.
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