McTeague: a story of San Francisco
Inspired by an actual crime that was sensationalized in the San Francisco papers, this novel tells the story of charlatan dentist McTeague and his wife Trina, and their spiralling descent into moral corruption. Norris is often considered to be the "American Zola," and this passionate tale of greed, degeneration, and death is one of the most purely naturalistic American novels of the nineteenth century. It is also one of the first major works of literature set in California, and it provided the story for Erich von Stroheim's classic of the silent screen, Greed.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - aratiel - www.librarything.com
Read this for my college Fiction class. Years later, I had a downstairs neighbor in my apartment that reminded me of McTeague, only I couldn't put my finger on it at the time. Scary. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - abycats - LibraryThing
Written at the end of the 19th century, the pacing and language is certainly not modern. But the people and events, and their inexorable road to disaster, still hold true in current times. Today's ... Read full review