American Dreams Book Summary and Study Guide

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A true masterpiece from John Jakes. The book begins in the early 1900's and goes to the end of the first world war, a 20 year timeline. These were the times that the romantic at heart loves to daydream about. A drastically changing world is taking place. New technologies emerging with the invention of the auto, machine gun, films and aircraft.
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The main character is a young women Fritzi Crown who has dreams and aspirations of moving to New York City to become an actress. She eventually moves to the big city but is faced with a few hardships and her acting career is slow to take off. Eventually she finds and lands a job with a silent film company and becomes a famous actress.

Fritzi's brother Carl finds work with the new car company Ford Motors and with his new found love for car will become one of the first car racers. When WW1 starts he will become a pilot and dog fight in the war.

The book surely brings the romance of the period and the main characters are easy to love.
Best part of story, including ending: I love the romance of the time. The age of the titanic, beautiful towns and cities, and the changing world.

Best scene in story: When Fritzi's boss told her he is moving to the unknown Hollywood California.

Opinion about the main character: I liked Carl's veil for life. This character just shows how wonderful life can be.

The review of this Book prepared by Silas Brunk a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Other aspects:    -   story of a family Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor/actress/producer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes

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