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Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
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Feb 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobook, 2009, 1001, novel
Read in April, 2009

Sinclair Lewis may not have the reputation today of the Edith Whartons and Willa Cathers and EM Forsters of the world, but I love his sense of mediocrity - of quiet failure, of settling, of bland desperation minus the despair.

His sideline characters can be overly simplistic - they serve as easy targets for us to condemn their smug self-assuredness. Still, they are funny.

But wow. The complacence his heroes build around wasting their lives - it's a subtle, wonderful gift he had.

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