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Free Air by Sinclair Lewis
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May 09, 2012

really liked it
Recommended for: Seattleites, historians, road trippers
Read from May 25 to June 06, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

It's no Main Street or Babbit but this work just before Lewis achieved international acclaim and a Nobel prize is light and fun. It has aged pretty well for a light adventure/romance of its day, especially if you like the era the book was written and set in (both 1910s). The plot is quite obvious, but at least the characters are well developed and nobody is written as pure angel or villain. I probably got the most enjoyment from the setting of a 1910s western road trip and then life in Seattle of the era. There is some interesting descriptions how social class high society worked at the time, especially relating how class prejudice increases with distance from the original social capitals of New York and London. Some of Lewis' later brilliant prose does shine through from time to time, but overall the book is quick and maybe even forgettable - pure, fun, entertainment.

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3.0% "3% in and already loving it. I'm such a Sinclair Lewis fanboy."
34.0% "Gonna finish this while on my own road trip. Roadception."
54.0% "I'm strangely pleased to read that gat was slang for gun, even in the 1910s."
91.0% "Road trip postponed, blew through a fifth of the book while flying over the rough route described in the book."
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