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The Financier By Theodore Dreiser The Financier A master of literary naturalism Dreiser is known for his great intensity and keen journalistic eye as he examines real life subjects This powerful novel explores the dynamics of the financial world d

  • Title: The Financier
  • Author: Theodore Dreiser
  • ISBN: 9780452008250
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Financier By Theodore Dreiser A master of literary naturalism, Dreiser is known for his great intensity and keen journalistic eye as he examines real life subjects This powerful novel explores the dynamics of the financial world during the Civil War and after the stock market panic caused by the Great Chicago Fire The first in a trilogy of desire, The Financier tells the story of the ruthlessly dA master of literary naturalism, Dreiser is known for his great intensity and keen journalistic eye as he examines real life subjects This powerful novel explores the dynamics of the financial world during the Civil War and after the stock market panic caused by the Great Chicago Fire The first in a trilogy of desire, The Financier tells the story of the ruthlessly dominating broker Frank Cowperwood as he climbs the ladder of success, his adoring mistress championing his every move Based on the life of financier C T Yerkes, Dreiser s cutting portrayal of the corrupt magnate Cowperwood illustrates the idea that wealth is often obtained by less than reputable means.
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    1. Glenn Russell on said:

      In short, he was one of those early, daring manipulators who later were to seize upon other and even larger phases of American natural development for their own aggrandizement Theodore Dreiser, The FinancierIf there was ever a novel spotlighting American character, this is it Theodore Dreiser goes right to the heart of the heart of American business and industry with this novel featuring Frank Cowperwood, a man who is a financial genius and leader by instinct and by nature In this first of the C [...]

    2. BlackOxford on said:

      Nothing New Under the American SunThere is scarcely any internal dialogue in The Financier All is surface, not to say superficial Frank, the protagonist, is driven entirely by the opinion of others and is yet entirely self centred in defiance of all Jungian psychological types He cannot be analysed, only observed and documented by Dreiser s hyper realism Morality exists for Frank as an abstract category but not as a demand for doing the right thing The right thing is the commercially and, especi [...]

    3. Jen on said:

      This is the first book of a trilogy about the life of financier Frank Cowperwood, loosely based on the life of a Chicago streetcar tycoon This first part of his story is set in post civil war Philadelphia Frank rises quickly from middle class beginnings to the financial heights due to his cleverness and disregard for legalities and regulations Due to a miscalculation and a market plunge after the Chicago Fire, he is exposed both financially and legally and this book describes his trial, convicti [...]

    4. Rick Slane on said:

      I find his writing style awkward especially when he deals with complicated financial dealings and legal matters.

    5. David on said:

      This book is available for free download from a variety of sources Many different electronic formats are possible through The Gutenberg Project and ManyBooks A free audio book can be downloaded from archive Penn State University has the book for free download as a PDF file There is the inevitable , and many others.I did my bit to accelerate the collapse of brick and mortar bookselling by downloading this as a free ebook after seeing and perusing a paper copy at the last old school paper book ret [...]

    6. Stephanie on said:

      I picked this up on the recommendation of possibly either Howard Zinn or Noam Chomsky Not directly, of course, but because they wrote about it in something that I read that either of them wrote Despite a lot of heady and difficult to understand financial talk, its a remarkable story of the greed and sense of privilege exhibited by the very wealthy Frank Algernon Cowperwood is kind of a selfish ass He steps on everyone in his way He lies, cheats and steals when he is already a millionaire He marr [...]

    7. Kate on said:

      The Financier is the first book in a trilogy that looks a personalities through objective lenses based on Dreiser s view of the world In a sense it is an amorality play It s main character is covered from his youth through his rise in the financial industry to his downfall and imprisonment and his financial redemption I paints a character in depth that pursues whatever he desires, and is seen as intelligent and precise and unruffled by anything that might block his path.The reader is made to fee [...]

    8. Dpdwyer on said:

      Even though the main character, Cowperwood, seemed a precursor to Ayn Rand, I found the novel compelling, not least the details of city life in era after the Civil War The trolley lines were just forming and there was a rough, mad scramble to secure the best routes The first penitentiary, based on Quaker ideas of solitary confinement had just been opened Cowperwood s morality may have been dubious but it was impossible not to keep reading Sample quote That thing conscience, which obsesses and ri [...]

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    10. Vladimir Znamensky on said:

      I ve heard that it s a wonderful book So, it s true I was pleasantly surprised The most interesting thing is how the author managed to strike a balance between the ordinary life and Frank s financial strategies As a rule, I come across two types of similar books 1 90% is a romantic story about a pair of lovers 10% is about law, economy or something like that 2 the situation is vice versa But in this case the author incorporated personal and family problems in professional part of Frank s life so [...]

    11. Ivan on said:

      Recently I was thinking about books which could be recommended for people to get some knowledge of and love eventually the domain they work for This book is a great example of the principle highly recommended to everyone and especially for people going to be involved with financial investment industry.Apart from interesting historical details, plot which keeps the reader tense in a positive way and examples of political intricacies book also was useful for me as a source of this spirit of courag [...]

    12. Judy P. Sprout on said:

      Alternate title Frank Gives Zero FucksI looooove Dreiser but this was just there was a week where I put it down and feared to pick it up again, about where it really gets mired in complicated stock schemes And I m no financial shrinking violet I can hang But this one almost got away from me.Still good though Frank wow, what a character I know this guy You might know this guy Just devastatingly accurate Two in the trilogy I m a little fearful.

    13. Lindsay on said:

      The narrator follows crude businessman Frank Cowperwood through an affair, illegal trading and jail I think this book is one you ll either love or hate In my opinion, Cowperwood is sexualized because he gets what he wants regardless of the feelings of others Read Friedrich Nietszche if you want to study Frank s intentions he s a Nietzschean overman without a doubt.

    14. Stefan on said:

      Manipulation of financial markets, government corruption and personal scandal are at the center of this underrated American saga that captures the rise, fall and rise again of a 19th century entrepreneur.

    15. Maria Morozova on said:

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    16. Texigan on said:

      good series from Dreiser, Financier set in Philadelphia, Titan set in Chicago, Stoic set in London

    17. Brian on said:

      Think of a time when the US was hyper partisan When wealth was concentrated in a the hands of a few powerful, politically connected people who made their fortunes by shady financial manipulations and favors from politicians A time when politicians from both parties were beholden to the money of the super rich, regardless of their stated political ideology When society had a moral double standard and politicians who crusaded on conservative values were among the most corrupt Back when the super r [...]

    18. Ann on said:

      Just finished this first volume of what is a trilogy Dreiser is a master at casting accepted social s into doubt by providing the reader with penetrating, unsympathetic, and objective views into his characters thoughts and actions He does this in so many ways In this novel, one of the main ways he does this is by creating a social context that is composed of characters that are either weak, amoral, corrupt, or otherwise contemptible, but who pretend to be loyal to a religious and or moral code C [...]

    19. Cat on said:

      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 [...]

    20. Brian on said:

      Theodore Dreiser s The Financier 1912 , based on the real life story of a high finance dark winner Charles Yerkes, is my favorite novel Period Dreiser s star of the story, Frank A Cowperwood, shines in a historic line of Western cultural antiheroes acquisitive, cunning, seductive big bad characters who hit resistance I put Cowperwood with Satan in Milton s epic poem Paradise Lost 1667 and Michael Corleone in Mario Cuzo s The Godfather 1972 film and J.R Ewing in the tv soap drama Dallas 1978 to 1 [...]

    21. Rdt on said:

      Frank Cowperwood is a distinctively American character with his boundless confidence and self assurance and his instinct to turn his superior intelligence into a machine for wealth, rather than using it for study, discovery or human improvement He is also very American in his regard for society, simultaneously striving for social standing while having little regard for it This book is a fascinating portrait of his rise and fall and rise again to the top of the financial heap As good as this book [...]

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