Monday, December 3, 2007

Main Street

by Sinclair Lewis.

Quickie recap: Carol is a big-city girl who marries a small-town doctor. She is gung-ho to take on his backwards town and revolutionize it but the citizens repel her so she has to go outside her social class to even find friends.

Quickie review: It's kind of funny how the same archetypes exist even a hundred years later. Actually, it's not kind of funny - it IS a funny, satirical, sometimes biting book - surprisingly funny, at times. And if you've ever lived in a small town, you recognize the shops, the citizens, the complaints. It's all very familiar and very wisely put.

Quickie recommendation: Props to my man Sinclair.


d. chedwick bryant said...

I don't know why I love this book so much (and his Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry as well) I think it is the way he writes women characters and how they interact with their men. I found the Washington DC part of the book very interesting as well.

I totally fell in love with Dr. Arrowsmith's wife...

Crap, now I'll have to dig them out and read at least bits of them again!

d. chedwick bryant said...

those who enjoy this may want to check out the lovely Theodore Drieser-- Sister Carrie, and a half dozen or so other titles--all highly readable.

Jay said...

I read Sister Carrie last year.

It's a little shocking to have male writers put forth such strong female leads.

d. chedwick bryant said...

re: Ann Vickers by Sinclair Lewis.

I never knew this book existed until I saw the 1933 film version last night--Staring Irene Dunn. Ann is a social worker and prison reformer. She falls for a soldier/ she goes into women's prison reform and writes a book about it. --I'd like to read the book.

kenju said...

I love Sinclair Lewis, and I have loveed him since the 50's. I am so glad you are reading the "classics"!