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Parnassus On Wheels by Christopher Morley
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Aug 25, 12

bookshelves: american-literature, 2012
Read from August 24 to 25, 2012

In the early years of the twentieth century, a woman who is bored playing housewife to her literary brother purchases Parnassus from a wandering book salesman. Parnassus is "a caravan of culture," a traveling book treasure trove designed to bring books to the masses in more rural and outlying areas.

I found Morley's attention to gender issues really interesting here, plus his mixture of a bibliophile's dream—who wouldn't want to travel for a living with books literally at one's back?—with a social message of spreading knowledge to the disenfranchised.

An adventure book about books if ever there was an adventure book about books.

Many kudos to Melville House for bringing this title back into print; here's hoping they bring the sequel back as well.
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message 1: by Jesse (new)

Jesse Oh, it sounds great! I might have to finally pull it off the shelf; thanks for reviewing it.

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