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Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
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Aug 26, 08

It's extremely unusual for me to not be able to get through something, but I found these characters SO IRRITATING! My stepfather was in love with the kind of small towns depicted in this book, and I can understand the charm, but something about this book just rubbed me the wrong way. At the time it was revolutionary, an expose of the way small towns operated to counteract the romantic idea that they were somehow pure and untouched by the meanness of the world, but Lewis writes from an attitude of supposed worldliness which I find very pretentious and actually fake, because his own provinciality is all over this book. Anyway, I read about two-thirds of it (Samuel Johnson never finished books), so I thought I would include it for variety.
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