Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Main Street

bySinclair Lewis

Kobo ebook | July 29, 2008

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The first of Sinclair Lewis’s great successes, Main Street shattered the sentimental American myth of happy small-town life with its satire of narrow-minded provincialism. Reflecting his own unhappy childhood in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Lewis’s sixth novel attacked the conformity and dullness he saw in midwestern village life. Young college graduate Carol Milford moves from the city to tiny Gopher Prairie after marrying the local doctor, and tries to bring culture to the small town. But her efforts to reform the prairie village are met by a wall of gossip, greed, conventionality, pitifully unambitious cultural endeavors, and—worst of all—the pettiness and bigotry of small-town minds.

Lewis’s portrayal of a marriage torn by disillusionment and a woman forced into compromises is at once devastating social satire and persuasive realism. His subtle characterizations and intimate details of small-town America make Main Street a complex and compelling work and established Lewis as an important figure in twentieth-century American literature.
The first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature, Sinclair Lewis was a busy and popular writer whose novels chronicle the social history of his time and constitute what Maxwell Geismar called "a remarkable diary of the middle class mind in America." The work that won him the Nobel Prize was a group of novels that realistically ...
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Title:Main StreetFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 29, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:055390535X

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This is a great read and an insightful commentary on the forces that have always been at work in America. It will certainly not make the recommended reading list of any Chamber of Commerce!
Date published: 2017-03-19