Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

By Steven Millhauser
Read by George Guidall

8.82 Hours 04/23/1996 unabridged
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The American Dream is a theme so compelling it resonates throughout our culture. In Martin Dressler, Steven Millhauser creates a young man who, in dedicating his life to it, becomes a symbol of that dream. Powerful, lyrical, finely crafted, this best-selling book won the Pulitzer Prize, was a National Book Award finalist, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Martin Dressler, son of an immigrant cigar maker, believes he can achieve anything if he works hard enough. At the turn of the century, he rises from the shadows of his father’s shop in New York City to become a powerful entrepreneur and builder of hotels. But, as he contemplates this land of almost limitless opportunity, his plans grow impossibly grand. Through the curve of Martin’s spectacular rise and eventual downfall in the business world, his tale remains a uniquely American one. Martin may not always control an empire, but he will always be able to dream. Narrator George Guidall voices Martin’s industry and optimism while his performance captures the literary power of Millhauser’s style.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

A 1996 National Book Award Finalist

A USA Today bestseller

The American Dream is a theme so compelling it resonates throughout our culture. In Martin Dressler, Steven Millhauser creates a young man who, in dedicating his life to it, becomes a symbol of that dream. Powerful, lyrical, finely crafted, this best-selling book won the Pulitzer Prize, was a National Book Award finalist, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Martin Dressler, son of an immigrant cigar maker, believes he can achieve anything if he works hard enough. At the turn of the century, he rises from the shadows of his father’s shop in New York City to become a powerful entrepreneur and builder of hotels. But, as he contemplates this land of almost limitless opportunity, his plans grow impossibly grand. Through the curve of Martin’s spectacular rise and eventual downfall in the business world, his tale remains a uniquely American one. Martin may not always control an empire, but he will always be able to dream.

Narrator George Guidall voices Martin’s industry and optimism while his performance captures the literary power of Millhauser’s style.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mr. Millhauser possesses a bountiful imagination, and an ability to catch his perceptions in a bright butterfly net of prose.”  New York Times
“Beguilingly creepy…Millhauser’s ornate and hypnotic accumulation of period detail are the camouflage for a very modern story.”  Los Angeles Times
“Enchanting…There is something is something magical in this shadow-tinted tale.”  Seattle Times
“Taking its place alongside other fine tales of architectural symbology, from Poe to Borges to Ayn Rand, this enticing novel becomes at once the tale of a life, a marriage and a creative imagination in crisis.”  Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Steven Millhauser

Steven Millhauser is an American novelist and short story writer. His novel Martin Dressler won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won The Story Prize in 2011 for We Others: New and Selected Stories.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English