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Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
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Oct 02, 07

bookshelves: novel, new_england, gaslight_edwardian_1901-1914, male_author
Read in September, 2007

PARNASSUS ON WHEELS (Novel, New England, Gaslight) – Ex
Morley, Christopher – Standalone
Wildside Press, Orig. published 1917, US Hardcover – ISBN: 1587155923
First Sentence: I wonder if there isn’t a lot of bunkum in higher education?
*** Helen McGill has been keeping house for her brother, a successful author and less successful farmer. Roger Mifflin shows up with a horse-drawn caravan, or Parnassus, which he has converted into a traveling bookstore. Helen, who has never had an adventure, buys the Parnassus and sets out with Mr. Mifflin to a neighboring town where he may catch the train to Brooklyn, NY where he will visit his brother and write a book of his experiences. But plans being what they are, things don’t quite turn out that way as they travel down the road.
*** The only mystery about this book is why I’d never heard of it. I loved Helen and “the Professor.” The story gives a delightful look at early 1900’s rural life and, although set in New England, definitely made me think of my Iowa farming grandparents and particularly my grandmother who loved to read. It made me laugh and made me think; it doesn’t get better than that. I am now looking forward to reading “The Haunted Bookshop,” the sequel to this book. This is a must-read for booklovers and provided me a most delightful reading afternoon
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