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The gnomobile: A gnice gnew gnarrative with gnonsense, but gnothing gnaughty
An amusing tale of two gnomes, Glogo and Bobo, who travel to America in the company of two human friends in their custom gnomobile. An unexpectedly silly side to Sinclair, who had a reputation as a public scold.
Hardcover, 157 pages
Published by Farrar & Rinehart
(first published 1936)
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Muckraker extraordinaie, Upton Sinclair who exposed the meat packing industry in The Jungle & is the source behind the film, There Will Be Blood (loose adaptation of Oil!) wrote a children's book (which then was adapted into the 60s Disney musical of the same name)! Who would of thought Sinclair would or could write for kids. Dude was steadfast vehement in his vitriol toward all that was/is wrong in the world, beginning with capitalism. The Gnomobile is a great little book. A little girl com ...more
David kept hoping that this dorky little story about gnomes, having been written by Upton Sinclair, would at some point give way to some great, deep thoughts. It doesn't. It is a book about gnomes. And one that Disney apparently made into a movie (haven't seen it). There is some commentary of the destruction of logging and it's environmental disasters (mudslides, loss of precious topsoil, creation of deserts, flooding, etc) but even then the scion of the lumber industry gets a pass while the med ...more
One might call this a lesser-known Sinclair masterpiece. Technically for a younger audience, but when it billed itself as "A Gnice Gnew Gnarritive with Gnonsense but Gnothing Gnaughty," I knew I would be reading it. I did think that the story drug a bit and wrapped itself up in a hurry at the end, but I was reading a children's book. I do think it would have been entertaining to a couple young readers I know.
Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). To gather information for the novel, Sinclair spent seven weeks undercover working in the meat packing plants of Chicago. These direct experiences expos ...more