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McTeague

Frank Norris

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McTeague is a simple dentist who becomes infatuated with Trina, the cousin of his friend Marcus. Trina then buys a winning lottery ticket, and McTeague announces his plans to marry her. But their marriage quickly falls apart as greed consumes them both, and Marcus' jealousy toward McTeague boils over.

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Book Excerpt: 
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"I—I guess so."

"You loaf him?"

"I don't know."

Mrs. Sieppe set down the mousetrap with such violence that it sprung with a sharp snap.





CHAPTER 6

No, Trina did not know. "Do I love him? Do I love him?" A thousand times she put the question to herself during the next two or three days. At night she hardly slept, but lay broad awake for hours in her little, gayly painted bed, with its white netting, torturing herself with doubts and questions. At times she remembered the scene in the station with a veritable agony of shame, and at other times she was ashamed to recall it with a thrill of joy. Nothing could have been more sudden, more unexpected, than that surrender of herself. For over a year she had thought that Marcus would some day be her husband. They would be married, she supposed, some time in the future, she did not know exactly when; the matter did not take definite . . . Read More

Community Reviews

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...more

“I never truckled. 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.”
― Frank Norris, McTeague

The first part of this novel was slow. I was frustrated enough (almost) to...more

Σαστισμένος!
Ο Frank Noris στα πρώτα 3/5 του βιβλίου θα προσπαθήσει να σε κάνει να χαμογελάσεις μόνο και μόνο για να σου παγώσει το χαμόγελο στα 2 τελευταία.

Αποφεύγω να διαβάζω οπισθόφυλλα και εισαγωγές από τα βιβλία της σειράς Orbis Literae(και γενικά από κλασσικά βιβλία) γιατί πολλές φορές σου...more

This book has always amazed me because its content is dark but its descriptions are clear, rather than over-dramatized or gothic, like so much of late nineteenth century American and Victorian writing can be. It reminds me of the pared-down thrillers of today - like _American Psycho_. Norris norm...more

More than 15 years ago, I saw a silent movie, that had such a chilling effect on me that while looking up movies made from books, I was happy to find Frank Norris' McTeague was based on Erich von Stroheim's 1924 silent gem, "Greed". My memory is fairly good and while reading this story, I saw Gib...more

This book is filled with passion, hate, greed, love, violence, and horror. The words flow across the page and you feel all the passionate emotions of all the characters. Although Trina, McTeague, and Marcus are deeply flawed, you still care for them and are horrified by the decay of their relatio...more

This is one of those chunky “classics” that not a lot of people have heard of. Frank Norris only wrote a few novels, with the most famous being, The Octopus: A Story of California, one of those books that rails against social injustice, with its target – evil, railroad barons. MUWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...more

This story charts the demise of a San Francisco couple at the end of the nineteenth century.
It was inspired by an actual crime that was sensationalised in the local papers.
Mc Teague is a charlatan and with his wife Trina is soon brought into a spiralling descent of corruption.
Very gripping story...more

In the 1890's, in San Francisco, (now finally at peace ) on busy Polk Street, with cable cars, continuously moving up and down the thoroughfare , not the most fashionable lane, though, McTeague, an unlicensed dentist, too dumb to know he needs it, practices his profession, learned from a quack in...more

19th Century American realism shouldn't feel this fresh and contemporary. Erich von Stroheim, the fabled silent film maker, once made a 10 hour epic costing half a million dollars from this novel such was his passion for it and his determination to do Norris's authentic portrait of the evils of a...more

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