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Martin Dressler is a turn-of-the-century New York City entrepreneur who begins in his father's cigar store but dreams of a bigger empire. That dream shapes into a series of large hotels. At first, Dressler's seems the archetypal American success story, but he does not quite grasp the future. The Manhattan of fabled skyline is about to take shape just over the horizon, but Dressler cannot see it. So the story becomes another kind of fable, as Dressler contemplates having "dreamed the wrong dream."--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10:  0679781277
ISBN-13:  978-0679781271
Author:  Steven Millhauser
Publisher:  Vintage
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review by . March 25, 2009
Martin Dressler is the son of a hard-working small cigar-shop owner in New York City. Martin works hard in his father's shop, loving his work and his family, devoting his life to it. His earnest attention to detail and customer service attracts the attention of the hotel down the street, which hires him part time as a bell hop at the age of 14. Now working two jobs (quitting his father's shop was not an option), he has no time for school, a move his mother protests.    Martin's …
review by . May 14, 2002
Two-thirds of this book is great. It's the story of an enterprising young man who becomes a successful entrepreneur through hard work and merit (although his personal life is rather bizarre). The book completely falls apart at the end. It devolves into a surreal and colossal hubris that is disconnected from the rest of the book and the character. It works as neither satire nor as a morality tale, or anything else. How this book won a Pulitzer Prize is a puzzle to me.
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