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Preview — Free Air by Sinclair Lewis
Watched over by her too solid beau, Claire Boltwood lives a life of gracious leisure and nut-centered chocolates among the best of Brooklyn Heights society. Still, she has certain questions about why she’s alive. So when her widowed, plutocrat father is told that he needs rest, Claire convinces him to take a road trip to visit cousins in Seattle. When their spiffy roadster...more
Think about it. Most of the roads are not paved. You have to buy gas in cans from a hardware store. The only mechanic in a small Montana town might be the blacksmith. Claire had to know her engine and how to fix it, how to repair and replace tires, how to drive up steep inclines and, more important, down them (in 2nd gear using both the foot and hand brakes.) The b ...more
The only neg ...more
Similar to what we envision of the 1920′s, Lewis’ prose co ...more
I've gotten into arguments ...more
The hero is a smart country boy who falls in love at first sight with an aristocratic girl who is driving her father from New York to Seattle as part of a "rest cure." The hero essentially stalks the heroine, following her big car with his little one, a ...more
I'ts very light like others have mentioned, but it does get you thinking about society and lifestyles and how things haven't really changed all that much in almost 100 years. But it's ...more
The book read easily. The language was not cumbersome and flowed one paragraph to the next. The quick humor of S.Lewis was not lost and in some ways even more prevalent than in later works. His use of ...more
I so enjoyed this read as it was old fashion quite excitingly romantic without all the touchy feely that there often is today.
Not that the touchy feely doesn't also have it's fun, good purpose and place. Kyle Onstott was well capable of capturing that.
Summary: Sinclair Lewis published Free Air in 1919.
Free Air heads toward a West that was brimming with possibilities for suddenly mobile Americans at the end of a world war. The vehicle a Gomez-Dep roadster, takes Claire Boltwood and her father from Minnesota to Seattle, exposing them all to the perils of early motoring. On the road, the upper-crust Boltwoods are at once more insignificant and more noble. The greatest distance to be overcome is the social one between Claire and a young mechanic ...more
Claire meets a garage owner named Mitt Daggert who gives up all to follow her to Seattle. He ends up saving her from bears, flat tires, bad men (rapists but they wouldn't really say that back then) and f ...more
Audio narration was good, but so "enthusiastic" that I cou ...more
Well told - although some of the cultural/time references were a bit tough to read - it was the time that it was...
This book was charming, sweet, sometimes absolutely insufferable, but in the end, marvelous. Like I said before, this is a PERFECT summer roadtrip book. I recommend it to anyone who's a) traveling and/or b) a fan of authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner.