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I never took off the hat to Fashion and held it out for pennies. I told them the truth. They liked it or they didn’t like it.
What had that to do with me? I told them the truth,” declared Frank Norris, shortly before his death at the age of thirty-two. Of his novels, none have shocked the reading public more than McTeagueand few works since have captur “I never truckled. Of his novels, none have shocked the reading public more than McTeagueand few works since have captured the seamy side of American urban life with such graphic immediacy as does this portrayal of human degradation in turn-of-the-century San Francisco.
Its protagonists, men and women alike, are shown as both products and victims of a debasing social order. Heredity and environment play the role of fate in a tale that moves toward its harrowing conclusion with the grim power and inevitablity of classic tragedy. Paperbackpages. Published August 5th by Signet Classics first published San Francisco, California United States.
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An Irish man told me it is Steve Bouthillette Well, it is based in 19th century San Francisco See 2 questions about McTeague…. Lists with This Book.
McTeague by Frank Norris
McTeague, no other name is given, has just one friend, Marcus Schouler, an ambitiousyoung man, like the dentist, employed by a veterinarian, with a little clinic, nearby, he does have a license shy, old Grannis, who loves the retired dressmaker, Miss Baker, these people all live in the same apartment building the aged sweethearts, have adjoining rooms, in fact, but will not speak to each other, only like to listen to the sounds, coming through the walls and opened doors, she’s even more bashful than he.
When Marcus brings his cousin, smallcharming, almost beautifulbut with pretty hair, Trina Sieppe, from an immigrant German family, to fix her teeth, the quack falls in love, complications, though, so does his only friend.
McTeague proposes to Trina, 20, in his tiny room, also used as an dental office, and the frightened girl runs away, but does come back. Later telling his friendthe amazed Mr. Shouler, who magnanimously lets him take the woman he wanted to marry, a real pal, but will regret always his hasty decision After the odd couple’s marriage, mcgeague family moves to Los Angeles, alone, she invest her money with a rich uncle, becomes a miser, taking out the gold coins, to adore, and feel, that she has left, or saved, every day, just to look at.
This causes great irritationyou can imagine, to her husband, they live so cheaply, almost like beggars. Domestic violence, ensues, McTeague, leaves and steals the hidden money This not quite respectful novel, was condemned horris contemporary reviewers for its coarseness, vulgarity and killings, invery unsettling, even by modern standards, if there are any, it horris not mcteaguw pleasant read, a minor American classic, that shows the evils ways some people act, in the face of dire poverty Yet a gripping story, with a terrific finale, of a man who will not be stopped, his feeble mind, tells him what to pursue, anything he wants, is his View all 8 comments.
Frank Norris’ McTeague: Summary & Analysis
Frank Norris only wrote a few novels, with the most famous being, The Octopus: A Story of Californiaone of those books that rails against social injustice, with its target — evil, railroad barons. One of the reasons this book endures is probably because Eric von Stroheim made an excessively long around eight hours silent movie called Greed, based on the book.
The making of the film seems to be a terrific story unto itself, but suffice it say that von Stroheim was a tad bit frrank in his love of the book gifs from the film pepper mcteagu review. Norris followed the Emile Zola School of Naturalism, which was all for getting reality on paper, but it favored less than fun stuff — misery, poverty, vice, violence, racism.
A sort-of non-spoilerish summary: From there, things devolve in a rather norrs, bloody and ham-fisted way. It seems that drinking steam beer Mmmm mteague and putting billiard balls in your mouth was the height of jackassary back in the day. Rolling around in bed, naked, with your gold pieces is pretty smexy. View all 30 comments. I was frustrated enough almost to just pull the bookmark out and walk away. But soon Norris had me by the crown. Look people, if you are going to only read one literary work on Mammon’s folly, on the parsimonious middle-child of the Seven Kcteague Sins, THIS should to be the one.
It focuses on McTeague and his wife Trina, but several other characters play almost equally important roles in examining avarice’s many, obsessive faces. There are scavengers, hoarders, manipulators, thieves, etc. Inserted into the novel, however, is one of the most beautiful and sad love stories in literature. Miss Baker and Mister Grannis, two older boarders and neighbors of the McTeagues, nrris in adjoining rooms in a boarding house.
Each room has the same wallpaper, suggesting that the rooms used to be just one room. Mister Grannis spends his nights binding periodicals while Miss Baker makes tea and rocks norrris their shared wall. Each, silently, spends the evening sharing their divided space.
Barely separated, each is comforted by the others presence. I don’t know if I would have been able to survive the hardcore, mcteayue, drop of the McTeagues and their ilk into Dante’s fourth circle without the uplifting, kind, and selfless older couple that shoots one nprris ray into this novel’s cold, dead roots.
View all 7 comments. Apr 01, TK rated it it was amazing Shelves: Frank Norris was a master at painting emotions with words. The titular character is a man few would care to dine with, but Norris gets the reader to sympathize for him.
You see, much like most writers circa late 19th to early 20th century, human nature was best explored through the environment of the characters naturalism. In McTeague’s case, he was an affluent dentist from San Franciso that falls in love with the wrong girl; some would argue that the wrong girl falls in love with McTeague.
An Frank Norris was a master at painting emotions with words. Any way you slice the cake, you still have two people trapped in a marriage that is slowly burning toward becoming a firey inferno. Filled with political and social commentary, greed, sex, folly, hate, jealousy, and corruption, these all meld together to bring the novel toward an ending that is not only harrowing, but, to this reader, one that still has not been surpassed since my reading of this almost seven years ago. If the ending doesn’t knock your socks off I’ll But you won’t be able to say I didn’t tell you about a great ending that is the perfect metaphor for what we call the rat-race of human life.
Feb 06, Jordan rated it did not like it Shelves: Look I’m writing a review, that rarely happens. I’ll never catch up with my friend Manny, Lord knows I wouldn’t want to. Ok, enough ranting and it’s only the start of the review! While I worked at an independent bookstore for three years I had always heard people talking about McTeague so I confess I was interested and excited to see why people loved this novel so much. So I went into the reading with an open mind, which doesn’t happen that often, and let me tell you it would have been better not to have read it at all!
It wasn’t as bad nroris that, but it was pretty painful, and I have had to read some extremely painful book in my life, and let me tell you this is right at the top of my mvteague. Either all the people that liked this book were smoking something I wasn’t aware of or perhaps this book just really was not for me.
I found that while I am a fan of Realism with Wharton and the rest of the gang, I just couldn’t do the Naturalism thing. I am not a fan of reading about characters that on every other page are referred to by their animal tendencies and how in the end we are just all animals and we will always revert back to our originally form, the form as the BEAST! The characters in McTeague are extremely dark, ugly, and unattractive as characters to read about. It has been a very long time since a book has made me cringe, however I can loudly state that this is one of those rare book that achieved my internal and physical cringe status.
I just have a had time when as a reader you don’t like any of the characters, the narrator is extremely manipulative from the very start of the book, and there is borris one that you can connect with or want to onrris on throughout the novel. Also the whole thing about the “elements” being indifferent to humans and their plight to live in this world is beyond annoying and downright tiresome to read. Ok enough ranting and raving. As you can see I only can it one star, but I know many people who love Norris, and are slightly obsessed with both McTeague and The Octopus.
One of my fellow students is doing his senior thesis entirely on Norris, I shuddered when he told me that. I am sure though he would shudder at some of the classics that I have enjoyed. View all 13 comments. Apr 15, Chrissie rated it did not like it Recommended to Chrissie by: This book did not fit ME! The majority of the book I did not like, thus I can only give it one star. The setting is predominantly Polk Street, San Francisco, at the turn of the 20th century. Am I glad I read the book?
Actually, I would say yes. To This book did not fit ME! To have experienced those descriptive lines.