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Preview — Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We be...more
On page 50 I thought – this guy is exhaustively brilliant.
On page 100 I thought – I’m exhausted.
On page 150 I thought – I’ll never get out of this novel alive.
On page 200 I thought – so who knew there could be so much DETAIL about every last possible aspect of one teensy Minnesotan town lodged inside the Tardis-like head of Sinclair Lewis?
On page 213 my eye fell upon this :
It’s the worst defeat of all. I’m beaten. By Main Street. I must go on. But I c ...more
I didn't know a book can be quiet and bombastic at the same time, but Lewis has written it. It covers just over a decade in Carol Milford's life, as her dreams are repeatedly drowned. She comes to Main Street, America, with grand plans to mean something in a dimly socialist way. Main Street is having none of it.
Lewis has a messag ...more
Main Street was the first major novel that featured small ...more
I was dimly aware of Sinclair Lewis but completely unfamiliar with his work when I read John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley: In Search of America a couple of years ago. Steinbeck, who admired Lewis, wanted to find his way from St Paul to Sauk Centre, Lewis' Minnesota hometown and the town on which the fictional location of this novel, Gopher Prairie, is based. He recounts his conversation with a waitress in a diner who gave him directions to the town: "They got a sign up. I guess quite a few f ...more
But what is this? Something amiss in one of these romanticized burgs? Something dark and sinister?
"I never imagined something like this would happen in our town," says the half-toothless talking head on the six o'clock news about the murder, even though you've seen this very thing happen in small towns 10,000 times in your life on the six o'clock news.
Small-town America is supposed to be different somehow; supp ...more
দবিতীয়ত, বইটা ভালো লাগে নাই। লুইসের রসবোধ যে পরখর সেটা জায়গায় জায়গায় বের হয়ে আসলেও তিনি মোটের উপর সেটা ঢাকতেই সচেষট, কারণ তিনি সিরিয়াস বই লিখছেন। আবার, তিনি সিরিয়াস বলতে সিরিয়াস বইই লিখছেন, যেটা কথা বলবে তাঁর সমকালীন বিষয়াপততি নিয়ে, ফলে খুব বেশি কেতাকানুনের জায়গাও সেখানে নাই।
যে কারণে বইটা সময়ের দলিল হয়ে উঠছে, কিনতু উপনযাস হিসেবে খুব ভালো কিছু হয়ে দাঁড়ায় নাই। সুযোগ ছিলো ...more
To me, Lewis didn't try to build deep, interesting characters, he built representations about everything that reeks in society. This is a book that says, "You think you can change the way people think? Well, follow me to Main Street, and we will see about that." He treated the protagonists and antagonists with the same ...more
Lloyd James was very good with the narration which did help me persevere through.
beyond comprehension that this guy won a nobel prize. though i guess english wasn't the jury's first language.
Main Street ruffled more than a few feathers in small town America when it was first published in 1920, and I expect it has the same effect on some readers today, nearly a century later. Sinclair Lew ...more
I want to be Anne Elliot (or Elizabeth or Emma for that matter), or Menolly, or Hermione or Katniss (Erm, maybe not), heroines that are strong and without major flaws. Instead I am Carol Kennicott the most maddening main character I have ever met... and she is me to a tee ...more
Main Street has been described as "one of the most merciless novels ever written". It is an apt description of this depiction of small town midwestern America in the early years of this century, but there is an important element in Lewis' writing which it does not convey.Lewis understands his subject through and through, and that makes what he has to say not just merciless but believable. He also doesn't just restrict his attack to provincial ...more
Lewis' knives are also out fo ...more
The book is a would-be hardcover for me,I mean, still on the way transported here when I bought it online last month and to my dismay,I haven't got the slight idea where it was stranded for now. Ironicly, I felt relieved of its delayed delivery cause I am not quite poised to challenge the great odds that reading the book would exhaus ...more
Looking back, however, I'm pretty sure I missed something when I first read it, some joke that everyone got but me. I think I may have to revisit this one day and see how my more literate and well-read (and snobbish) self rates it.
Despite finding Sinclair Lewis to be a condescending snob, I believe him to be one extraordinary writer. The effete snobbery is the belief that small-town America is filled with petty, unimaginative, conformist boobs, who are in dire need of the sophistication of the metropolis and the old world. They are backbiting a ...more
In the end, however, this is still, foremost, a critique of the small town, not the heroine who would reform it. As such, I can’t help but disagree with almost all of ...more
The main character Carol is not really missing so much the glitz and glamour of a big city, but of intellectual discourse and discussions of the arts, etc. that she can find in a more urban e ...more
At the same time there are many issues that women deal with ...more
This book was simply amazing: completely eye-opening for me. As an individual living in a rural area, I could identify perfectly well with the main character. When you are in a place where being cultured is looked down upon, you feel like you eithe ...more
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