The Rise of Silas Lapham [William Dean Howells] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Rise of Silas Lapham is about the materialistic rise. The The Rise of Silas Lapham Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character by William Dean Howells The novel begins with the business man protagonist, Silas Lapham’s involvement with an interview . The novel recounts the moral dilemma of Colonel Silas Lapham, a newly wealthy , self-made businessman who has climbed over his former partner on the.
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Silas’s morality does not fail him. He loses his money but is able to make the right moral decision when his partner proposes the unethical selling of the mills. Read more Read less. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon.
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This appears to be a condensation as other offerings of it run pages; this edition is less than It’s lpaham excellent story of a businessman and his family and their clash with a family of snobbish lappham Bostonians. Lapham seems to try always to do the right thing, but his successes are hauled down by a few failures. An excellent read if your interest is held by these themes. One person found this helpful. No novel more exemplifies the principles of American literary realism than Silas Lapham.
All too often obscured in the light of his two best friends, Mark Twain and Henry James, Howells was himself one of the greatest and most prolific novelists of the nineteenth century, as well as the principal theoretician of the prosaics of Realism. And he loved his wife, Winnie. Always mentioned as a highly influential writer I had never read a novel tise William Dean Howells. This book is a window into a time capsule which is not easily accessible of time in late 19th century Boston.
The characters are vivid. The action both thhe and surprises.
Our overly media dependent culture can be tempered by a good read in a time and place beyond our experience. If you want to retreat, or advance, depending on your perspective to complete other reality, Silas Lapham will do the trick.
This is fine 19th century novel.
The story and the characters carry the reader along with anticipation until the ending. It is refreshing to read a novel where actions have consequences, and the protagonists bear gracefully even the negative consequences. Howells has a clear, and positive, view of human nature. Recommended as a good story well told. Why not help hiwells read something like a classic?
Provided hours of entertainment and taught a few good lessons along the way. They go back to it several times as well. This novel is a joy to read. A wonderful realist novel. Rize are oapham subtleties throughout all of Howells’ novel that will only be noticed and appreciated by a close reader.
Often, one single word choice can fill a sentence with an emotional tinge. The plot is more about Lapham’s downfall than his rise; however, the realist glorification of the commonplace is the endgame here. Beautiful writing throughout, but the last fifty pages are where Howells shines. This is a sweet story overall, well constructed, with points of intrigue, anguish, a twist, elation, and a subtle, pertinent “moral of the story” ending.
A recommended candidate for a classics reading list. Many of the reviews I read of this book were critical, so I was surprised to find that only a short way into the book, I could not put it down. Silas reminded me of Michael Henchard, the mayor of Casterbridge: Although it is not a top tier classic, it is puzzling that not a single copy of this “Gilded Age” American novel is in the St.
Louis County library system, although the Cliff Notes are. See all 44 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The Rise of Silas Lapham. Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Silas Marner Penguin Classics. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime.
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