Main Street (1920) by Sinclair Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
At times, reading this felt positively Sisyphean; for every one page read, two would regenerate on the back end. Lewis makes his point repeatedly until you feel as trapped in Gopher Prairie as his central character, Carol Kennicott.
Lewis’ fine writing kept me slogging through the middle of this overly long book and I’m glad I finished it. It’s helpful to keep the book in the context of its time (1920) and importance (in blowing the lid off the idyllic fantasy of life in small-town America.)
3 thoughts on “It’s Easy to See Why Sinclair Lewis Was Disowned by His Hometown After He Published “Main Street””
The more I think about this book (and I do keep thinking about it), the more I like it. Eager to read another by him this year – thinking “Arrowsmith.”
I agree. I’ll probably try to read them all.
I read it in high school when I was trapped in a small town.