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The Titan By Theodore Dreiser The Titan The Titan is a novel by Theodore Dreiser and the sequel to The Financier Frank Cowperwood has moved to Chicago with new wife Aileen His plan is to take over the street railway system in the process ba

  • Title: The Titan
  • Author: Theodore Dreiser
  • ISBN: 9781600968440
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Titan By Theodore Dreiser The Titan is a novel by Theodore Dreiser and the sequel to The Financier Frank Cowperwood has moved to Chicago with new wife Aileen His plan is to take over the street railway system in the process bankrupting opponents with political allies The Titan follows Cowperwood through the trials of realizing his dream, marital upheavals and social banishment Theodore DreiserThe Titan is a novel by Theodore Dreiser and the sequel to The Financier Frank Cowperwood has moved to Chicago with new wife Aileen His plan is to take over the street railway system in the process bankrupting opponents with political allies The Titan follows Cowperwood through the trials of realizing his dream, marital upheavals and social banishment Theodore Dreiser was an American novelist and journalist who the naturalist school and is known for portraying characters whose value lies not in their moral code, but in their persistence against all obstacles, and literary situations that closely resemble studies of nature than tales of choice and agency.
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    1. BlackOxford on said:

      Why Swell st Thou So Trump is a perennial American type, the coarse outsider who is driven to succeed at all costs And he does frequently win The paradox, however, is that his measure of success, his criteria for what constitutes winning, are supplied by others Thus Trump and his ilk are the least free of human beings, constantly striving to become what others value.Frank Algernon Cowperwood, Dreiser s protagonist, is proto Trumpian in all the type s frightening details Dreiser was a contemporar [...]

    2. Gary Inbinder on said:

      An individual pursuing his own interest frequently promotes that of the society effectually than when he really intends to promote it That quote from the 18th century economist and philosopher Adam Smith pertains to Frank Cowperwood, the hero of Thedore Dreiser s trilogy, of which The Titan is the second novel I haven t read the other books, but from reading The Titan I d say Cowperwood s interest s are money, power, art and women, though not necessarily in that order Does society benefit from [...]

    3. Paul on said:

      It kept my interest long enough to finish reading it Since the main character is a bourgeois capitalist pig dog, and he s opposed only by other such characters, it s hard to find any real empathy for anyone in the entire book except for maybe one of the women he screws over.

    4. Mark on said:

      Less a follow up to than an extension of Dreiser s _The Financier_ Whereas in that novel Frank Cowperwood s romantic relationships are ancillary to his financial speculation and relationship building, in _The Titan_ Cowperwood s philanderings and the development of his inner aesthete take precedence These relationships with the women of Chicago, and there a number of relationships hinted at and overtly represented within the novel, are very much of a piece with the accumulative desire that chara [...]

    5. David on said:

      When a ebook is available for free download, I always feel obligated to link to direct Goodreaders to where In this case, for Kindle,Gutenberg Project,archive, andmanybooks There are also another handful of sites where you can read this book online.Here on , someone cast a vote for Frank Cowperwood the hero of this novel and the other two in the series as a hero of capitalism Maybe this voter was being sarcastic, or perhaps ironic Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal allowed a professor of English [...]

    6. Brett on said:

      I wish I would ve read the first of this trilogy first The Philadelphia Years but even as a stand alone story, this was a well written portrait of naked power and money in Chicago s go go years of the late 1800 s Greed, women, money, power the usual intoxicants of Capitalist society I m anxious to see what Vol 3 The Stoic focuses on Frank C was rather aged at the end of Titan book as he and barely out of her teens Bernice stroll off into the sunrise of Europe.

    7. Farah on said:

      Only took me a month to get through I have to say I liked The Financier better, as The Titan moved a bit slowly However, I enjoy Dreiser s writing enough, and I find Frank Cowperwood interesting enough that I m tempted to read the last book in the trilogy, The Stoic.

    8. Cat on said:

      I read Sister Carrie first That was a GREAT book Read Titan second Not so impressed I understand that this is the sequel to his book The Financier The fact that I hadn t read the Financier didn t bother me at all Frankly, I have no intention of reading the Financier Titan is the second part of the life story of Frank Cowperwood Cowperhood is a kind of prime time soap opera type figure a tycoon who can t keep it in his pants The book is equal parts of economic machinations which take place in the [...]

    9. Diane on said:

      Just a short review, concentrating on the beautiful Aileen I have neverbeen excited to read a book, once I finished The Financier couldn twait to read about the arrogant Frank and the loyal Aileen and it didn tdisappoint Yes it is the story of Frank Cowperwood but Aileen is such a majorpart of his life, giving him her love and loyalty.The story starts immediately after The Financier with Frank, after his prisonshame, causing yet another panic on the stock exchange by selling short to gettogeth [...]

    10. Judi on said:

      My second Theodore Dreiser read Thought An American Tragedy was stronger The decades depicted captivate me Could it be that we are revisiting the late nineteenth early twentieth centuries again More likely it is just in my head In this read I noticed that Dreiser s writing style seems heavy I also noticed that he frequently uses overuses the word meditate in this book In the closing bit he refers to Nirvana Could he have dabbled in yoga A kindred spirit perhaps I have read that his philosophy wa [...]

    11. Cody on said:

      Okay, so this book is rather long, and there are plenty of descriptions that don t hold a lot of exciting details, but the edition I have not featured here, but it s The Laurel Dreiser has a wonderful introduction by Alfred Kazin that I think perfectly prepares you to take this book on The story is an encounter with Frank Algernon Cowperwood does the name annoy you Because it annoyed me Cowperwood Not Copperwood, or Cooperwood, but Cow per wood Ick Anyway, Frank arrives fresh out of jail but con [...]

    12. Ann on said:

      Second book about Frank Algernon Cowperwood Not as compelling as the first in terms of readability He gets a little bogged down in specific love affairs that don t add a lot to the story However, for creating a view of corruption in a town this time, Chicago , Dreiser is one of the best Again, he contrasts Cowperwood s very frank desire, actions and intention to control the city s wealth with the desires of other financial leaders who hide their intentions behind a mask of civic pride It s all g [...]

    13. David on said:

      Picks up where The Financier left off, as the ruthless, amoral Cowperwood based on a real ruthless, amoral capitalist builds his fortune in Chicago after beating a hasty retreat from Philadelphia Again, the twists and turns of his machinations in attempting to control the streetcar business is fascinating, but even better is the in depth depiction of a tragically sad marriage the self involved former homewrecker Aileen Cowperwood is not easy to root for, but after a while I found myself totally [...]

    14. Greg on said:

      This is the book I told Beth about Volume 2 of Dreiser s great trilogy, vol 1 The Financier is also good, vol 3 is disappointing Story of Frank Cowperwood s conquest of Chicago gas utilities and street railways, as well as his and his mistress s attempt to conquer Chicago society Cowperwood is loosely based on Yerkes I think This volume picks up with Frank getting out of the Eastern Penitentiary in Philadelphia for the financial shenanigans depicted in The Financier He goes west, where things ar [...]

    15. B on said:

      Ultimately as unsatisfying as the other Dreiser work I ve read including the precursor to this book because it gets really sidetracked into issues of the heart that are totally unrelated to the issues of finance and power that the book is really supposed to be about Unless the issues were related to Dreiser but he never really makes the case.Yes, there s the suggestion that someone who is recklessly acquisitive of assets without regard to human suffering has character traits one would associate [...]

    16. Roosevelt Wright on said:

      Drieser presents a turn of the century financier who desires to use his power and influence to force his will on a city by bribery and coertion Despite his power and wealth he is unable to love and enters a series of failed relaionships that fall victim to his overwheming compulsion to control and manipulate the women of his life Drieser presents characters that are precisely detailed sometimes with too much detail The conclusion of The Titan was a bit rushed considering the pain he took to tell [...]

    17. James on said:

      The political and business narratives based on 19th Century power broker Charles Yerkes in The Financier and The Titan are fun historical tales during the industrial rise of Philadelphia and Chicago And while he is a terrible person by almost any moral standard, Frank Cowperwood is a compelling anti hero However, the women characters are so weak and shallow, some of the personal story arcs are difficult to read, which is disappointing after Dreiser s Sister Carrie.

    18. jersey9000 on said:

      I m a big fan of this guy s work, and really dug this one In it, he traces the rise and rise and rise of a budding robber baron against the expanding Chicago skyline They kind of grow together I don t wanna spoil how it ends, but I was surprised by what didn t happen and the moral here seems to be that life usually sucks, so live as much as you can when you can Not too Disney, but a nice thought nonetheless.

    19. Tega on said:

      In my opinion The Titan is better than its predecessor The Financier, which I thought was a bit boring Although this one gets boring by the end too, and is a bit too long I would also like to add that I never felt so much disdain for the main character as I felt for Cowperwood He behaved like a total asshole to women, mainly to his wife.

    20. Ernest Morozov on said:

      I love this book It is different than the Financier because it focuses a lot on his love life and artistic endeavors Frank is an amazingly interesting and complex character that will make you love him and hate him all at the same time This book truly captures the taste of early American capitalism at its finest I am going to read the Stoic.

    21. Jeff Laughlin on said:

      A fictionalized Charles Yerkes proprietor of the Chicago Railway experiences middle life and muses upon power, money and fame with middling results Drieser is the master, and this is the 2nd piece of the trilogy he died writing The Stoic part 3 was one chapter from completion when he died.

    22. Judy P. Sprout on said:

      I love Dreiser s other work This was just godawful boring Why else would it take 8 months to bring myself to slog through that last half Women, stocks, women, stocks, women, stocks, politics, it s over.

    23. Alīna on said:

      Nothing has changed Financial word, corruption, relations between money politics are the same And a coincidence that my current job is related to public transport sector made this book even attractive.

    24. Alexander on said:

      Inspirational is what I would call this novel Although I liked the first novel , looking forward to the third and final of this trilogy Also fascinating to find out that the story is based on a historical Chicagoan rail street tycoon.

    25. Richard on said:

      Intensely powerful book, no matter how crudely written An incredible view of Chicago in the late 1800s and capitalism and human emotion and feeling at its rawest The wife mistress fight scene in this one is shockingly brutal.

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