Friday, January 12, 2007
4. "Main Street" ~ Sinclair Lewis
For the first of the "classic American novels," this book hit me hard between the ribs with its depiction of a small Minnesotan town. It was all so familiar - the gossip, the peeking behind curtains, the church as school. But also the sledding and ice fishing and the Sioux (which earned a footnote).
Meant to frighten people into seeing all of these "Main Street" towns across the plains, prairies, and mountains, a much more relatable topic than all of the New York City stories at the time.
Carol, the protagonist (I can't call her a heroine since she drives me crazy), tries repeatedly to do something to "improve" the town, whether it is a tennis tournament or a play. She fails to win over the townspeople and becomes the subject of much gossip.
It is a long book, and if you are not from a small town, you may get bored by the bickering. If not for the Minnesota references, I would have skimmed much more.
3.75 out of 5.0 Tootsie Pop Shots.