At 202 pages, I’m making good progress on Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy. The book, which unveils slowly but with a steady build, represents a massive portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde’s tawdry ambitions and seal his fate. In light of this rich tapestry of social psyche, my spirit soars and wants to read more books like Dreiser’s. Les Misérables is next. Examining the nature of law and grace, the novel elaborates upon the history of France, the architecture and urban design of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, anti-monarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. It’s more than an epic story.