Review ë Stella Dallas 106

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Stella DallasShe's ambitious she's relentless she's unstoppable but she can't hide the stain of her working class roots A woman big enough for both Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Midler Stella Dallas was a best seller in its time and a terrific read today One of the most entertaining excellently sustained and consistently developed novels of the season New York TimesAll she wants is to get ahead in the world But Stella Dallas's world is one that always brings her shame She marries Stephen Dallas a man of great refinement but he cannot tolerate her crudities; when he final. Wandering in Alexandria Virginia I stumbled into a used book store and decided to search the shelves I had no idea what I would find that day but it turned out it would be the splashy neon Baby Sitter's Club looking edition of the 1923 book Stella Dallas I had seen the 1937 film starring Barbara Stanwyck complete with this dramatic tragic final imageThe movie turned out to be an extremely faithful slightly glamorous telling of the book Stella is a girl with humble beginnings looking to move up in the world She carefully hones her image and demeanor and sets about town to find her leg up She finds this in Stephen Dallas a well to do upper class man who recently experienced great tragedy and is looking for an out They meet fall in love and their daughter Laurel is born Unfortunately it seems Stella wasn't that interested in being a mother and wants to pursue the fun about town she had before she married StephenThe couple realizes their incompatibility and while Stella remains hopeful of the future Stephen pulls the escape hatch Stella winds up putting all of her love and energy into the careful upbringing of Laurel She spends every bit of money she gets from Stephen on piano classes the best schools the best clothes and fancy hotel rooms; all to help Laurel reach the heights Stella felt she never had a chance to Unfortunately Laurel has an oddly dressed brassy lower class ball and chain holding her to the ground and its name is StellaThis book much like Mildred Pierce involves a mother's obsession with doing right by her daughter It is an interesting topic but only up to a point and then it becomes a somewhat dull chorus of Laurel Laurel Laurel Good story fine writing and a great ending but lacks tension Fun and easy read for the summer for sure

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Review ë Stella Dallas 106 à She's ambitious she's relentless she's unstoppable but she can't hide the stain of her working class roots A woman big enough for both Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Midler Stella Dallas was a best seller in its time and a terrific read today One of the most entertaining excellently sustained and consistently developed novels of Ly loses patience with her indiscreet flirtations it's curtains for the marriageStella transfers her hopes for the future to her sweet as pie daughter Laurel and the two live in shabby gentility a shadow of their former life While Stella imagines herself the grand lady her coarseness and rud exploits with unsavory men bring her public ridicule and ostracize Laurel from polite societyStella finally makes the ultimate sacrifice marrying an alcohol and drug addicted man she loathes to force Laurel to leave her and seek the advantages of her father's home and. Excellent melodrama Prevented by his father's disgrace and suicide from proposing to the woman of his dreams Stephen Dallas moves to the East Coast and on the rebound marries a pretty gold digger instead After the birth of their daughter Laurel the rift between the educated Stephen and the coarse Stella widens so much that he uietly stops living with her Initially Stella is overjoyed to be be rid of her snooty husband but when she realizes that he has met somebody else his lost love Helen now widowed she digs her heels in and refuses to go through a divorce For the sake of Helen's reputation even than of Laurel's future Stephen gives up the idea of forcing Stella to grant him his divorce although he wrongly suspects her of having a lover the vulgar and shady Alfred Munn However when she overhears Laurel's new friends making fun of her bad manners Stella makes a U turn and decides that the only way she can be of use to her daughter is by disappearing from her life Stella then entrusts Laurel to Helen and marries Alfred whom she has never really cared for to ensure that Laurel can't stay with her out of filial loyalty The most interesting thing about the book is how the author shows Stella's maternal love slowly growing along with the child herself Initially fun loving Stella isn't excited at all about the news of her pregnancy and only warms up to the idea when she realizes that fashionable young couples have babies During the first years of Laurel's life Stella behaves like a competent but somewhat distant and distracted mother and it is only when Laurel reaches her teens that she truly becomes the exclusive focus of Stella's attention In the same league as Fanny Hurst

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Social class Deeply moving narrativeMrs Prouty's subject is conceived with that surety and understanding which in literature makes beauty Boston TranscriptStill shown throught the country at revival houses the 1937 King VidorSam Goldwyn production of Stella Dallas brought Osca nominations to both Barbara Stanwyck and Ann Shirley Literary Cinema Classics now brings back the great American novels that became beloved American films Each book is illustrated with stills form the movie and each is completely reset in a typeface to enhance your reading pleasure. I'd only ever heard of STELLA DALLAS the Barbara Stanwyck movie but the book had a good beginning so I picked it up uite the page turner I thought Prouty does a great job making all the characters sympatheticIn a nutshell this is the story of a failed mismatched marriage sacrificial love and the complicated connections between women Out of print I suspect so check your local library