The Magnificent Ambersons Blog Tour (And Giveaway!) Ends 4/30 (WW)

By Ruth on April 15, 2012 in blog tour, book, giveaway, review
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Book Description: At the age of nine, George Amberson Minafer, the Major’s one grandchild, was a princely terror…” Georgie Amberson Minafer, the spoiled only grandchild of a wealthy Midwest family, is alternately loathed and revered by nearly everyone in town. His beautiful face and privileged upbringing create an image that is difficult for people to resist, particularly people who are used to watching everything the Amberson family says and does. When Lucy Morgan arrives in town and enters the story, she too is
captured by the magnificence of the Amberson family, and particularly by Georgie. But little do Georgie and Lucy know that their parents were also once in love. Isabel Amberson, Georgie’s mother, was the most sought-after girl in town. Eugene Morgan, Lucy’s father, was the only young man who could capture Isabel’s heart. Through a youthful misunderstanding the star-crossed lovers were parted, only to be reunited years later, now with children of their own. Will Eugene and Isabel be able to finish their love story with a happy ending? Or will Georgie, used to being worshipped by his mother, be unable to accept that his mother is a woman who may need some completion outside of serving her one and only adored son? The Magnificent Ambersons is a story of unfulfilled love and the redemption of the human soul told against the backdrop of a changing world, a world in which old money and family prestige is rapidly being taken over by progress and
industrialization. Written in 1918 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1919, The Magnificent Ambersons still delivers a relative tale for today’s audience that is facing a whole new set of socioeconomic pressures in an ever-changing world. 


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mostly, this is a good, old classic.  I was surprised to discover it had won a Pulitzer Prize, but I realize that this was written in a different time period.  It is hard to read this book from their frame of reference.


Mostly, the book goes along at a nice clip.  The characters are well-developed, and the dialogue is what one would expect from this time period and this privileged cast of characters.


Realism is what drives this story.  If you are looking for a romantic story where everyone lives happily after, I recommend you look elsewhere.  I could have done without the psychic portion of the book, but at least there was no sex nor profanity.


I think the author’s most exquisite moment was when he wrote about the changes that occurred as times changed in the U.S. and the priveleged classes moved onward.  That is probably what earned him an award.




And what of the story?  I would say that the story is engaging enough, but I am not particularly fond of the ending.  I did appreciate the reality of the story.  I suppose that explains the ending.  Realistic stories often have no conclusion.


I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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At the age of nine, George Amberson Minafer, the Major’s one grandchild, was a princely terror…” 

Georgie Amberson Minafer, the spoiled only grandchild of a wealthy Midwest family, is alternately loathed and revered by nearly everyone in town. His beautiful face and privileged upbringing create an image that is difficult for people to resist, particularly people who are used to watching everything the Amberson family says and does. When Lucy Morgan arrives in town and enters the story, she too is captured by the magnificence of the Amberson family, and particularly by Georgie. But little do Georgie and Lucy know that their parents were also once in love. 

Isabel Amberson, Georgie’s mother, was the most sought-after girl in town. Eugene Morgan, Lucy’s father, was the only young man who could capture Isabel’s heart. Through a youthful misunderstanding the star-crossed lovers were parted, only to be reunited years later, now with children of their own. Will Eugene and Isabel be able to finish their love story with a happy ending? Or will Georgie, used to being worshipped by his mother, be unable to accept that his mother is a woman who may need some completion outside of serving her one and only adored son? 

The Magnificent Ambersons is a story of unfulfilled love and the redemption of the human soul told against the backdrop of a changing world, a world in which old money and family prestige is rapidly being taken over by progress and industrialization. Written in 1918 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1919, The Magnificent Ambersons still delivers a relative tale for today’s audience that is facing a whole new set of socioeconomic pressures in an ever-changing world.


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