Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser

The novel follows the life of Martin Dressler, a young entrepreneur in late 19th century New York City. Starting as a cigar shop worker, Martin's ambition and drive lead him to become a successful hotel tycoon. His relentless pursuit of the American Dream, however, leads to his eventual downfall, as his grandiose ideas and projects become increasingly unrealistic and unsustainable. The book explores themes of ambition, the American Dream, and the fine line between success and failure.

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