Archive for October, 2008

The Foolhardy Ambersons

I generally don’t remark on comments and reviews of The Magnificent Ambersons. In light of recent developments in world financial markets, though, the following blog entry about Ambersons caught my attention: “I felt nothing for the main character in the end other than that he reaped what he sowed … which is, coincidentally, how I feel about all the foolhardy investors who are losing their shirts in this economic meltdown.” The comparison is certainly apropos. Later, though, Tarkington wrote some really fine novels about the Great Depression and its effects. Tarkington was fine humanist, though, so don’t look for disdain of foolhardiness; look for empathy and compassion. When he talks about men throwing themselves out of the windows of financial institutions, he’s not chortling. Read on for more details about Tarkington’s books on this theme…