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Yes, I am going to read more Lewis at some point. Jun 21, Consuela rated it it was amazing. Sam and Fran are now physically serparated. They have become provincial and empty in his eyes, but what has he become? If there was anything really substantial to be said about the difference between America and Europe in this day and I admit to thinking of this kind of thing as usually simplistic and overdrawnwell, Lewis didn’t say it.

Some of the social commentary fits so well today I was surprised, many times. My edition is a paperback from a ways back Signet – 99 cents! But in the novel, set beside her increasingly obvious ghastliness, there is so purely and faithfully Sam’s love for her to contend with. She’s doing her best to try to be happy I suppose; and I’m a huge fan of the movie of this book, perfectly cast with Walter Huston and Ruth Chatterton, and I’ve read Elmer Gantryanother Sinclair Lewis book and great movie.

Isn’t it too exciting! Sam and spouse are in England now and he’s opening up to the experience of moving closer to a more authentic self. I think Sinclair Lewis also means to say that we each carry within ourselves the capacity for a fairly specific sort of happiness.


dofsworth Whereas she stays on with her new love, he criss-crosses Europe in an attempt to cope with his new situation. Sep 20, Jason Pettus rated it really liked it Shelves: Then Fran’s life has fallen apart, and wants Sam back. She falls in love and wants to marry a German count who’s down on his luck due to the war.

The simple plot, then, follows the sincclair structure as so many of Lewis’ novels from the ’20s; our narrator starts as the living embodiment of whatever Lewis is trying to criticize in this case, the business-focused, proudly ignorant American, forced on an unending parade of interchangeable cathedral visits and appalled by the lack of modern creature comforts now taken for granted in nearly every large American citybut after being exposed to the good things from that new environment including, as always, the potential love of an enticingly independent modern woman he slowly becomes a convert, just to be shunned by his former peers as pressure to “return to the fold.

Are our minds not as open to what the world can teach us? Mencken wrote of him, “[If] the Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in “for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters.

But the truth is, I had no problem. If you’re in the mood for a detailed, somewhat emotional trip into the past with stylized characters that still ring true in the present really, who doesn’t know a Fran?

The woman is so childishly self-centered that you wonder almost immediately what Sam ever saw in her, why he married her.

The difference between this novel and others by Lewis is that it picks up at the end of the Dodsworths’ life in Zenith the classic American Every-Town. On the boat back to America, Sam realizes that Fran is an incorrigible asshole. He looks the other way when Fran encourages the attentions of the unattached younger males aboard the ship.


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I absolutely loved this book. It’s one of the great American novels. Feb 09, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing. Their marriage comes to an end, when she falls in love with Kurt von Obersdorf in Berlin.

Yvette April 6, at Lewis seems to me at his best when handling a meaty subject and giving his satirical impulses free rein. Meanwhile the wife is beginning to reveal her sho My next book in between the Potter series. The trip gives both of them the first chance in decades to find out who they arethe common motif in literature and life of travelling lews discover yourselfand they realize that they don’t have much in common.

Thursday, January 20, A Favorite Read: Dodswortu never read anything by this author, so thought I’d start here.

in so many words A Favorite Read: DODSWORTH by Sinclair Lewis ( – )

It’s a long haul, but he makes it. Jun 15, Tabitha True rated it it was amazing. Weiland rated it really liked it. She’s shown her limited capacity for personal growth. He wrote in what I feel is golden age of American Literature with Fitzgerald, Wolfe, Hemingway, Wharton, Oddsworth, Dos Passos, and Faulkner all churning out literature that is admired and emulated today; and yet, Sinclair Lewis would not make most of those lists.