Main Street

Main Street

The Story of Carol Kennicott

Book - 1995
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Sinclair Lewis's barbed portrait of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, shattered the myth of the American Middle West as God's Country and became a symbol of the cultural narrow-mindedness and smug complacency of small towns everywhere. At the center of the novel is Carol Kennicott, the wife of a town doctor, who dreams of initiating social reforms and introducing art and literature to the community. The range of reactions to Main Street  when it was published in 1920 was extraordinary, reflecting the ambivalence in the novel itself and Lewis's own mixed feelings about his hometwon of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the prototype for Gopher Prairie.

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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1995
ISBN: 9780140189018
0140189017
Branch Call Number: F Lew
Alternative Title: Main street

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KennyBania
Feb 02, 2016

Definitely a book you have to take the time to fully engross yourself in to appreciate it. Insightful as most of his books are. And still relevant today too. Overall, worth taking the time to read.

ser_library Jun 04, 2014

very long, and makes me thankful for feminist support

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lukasevansherman
Dec 19, 2013

Nobel and Pulitzer laureate Sinclair Lewis's first major novel was one of his most controversial and one of his best. Taking dead aim at the hypocrisies, jealousies and gossips of a small, anytown USA, Lewis offers an unflinching look at American values and culture. He also, at a time when there were not many major female writers (Wharton, Cather, Chopin), creates a full-realized female protagonist whose discontents are almost proto-feminist.

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Cecilturtle
Sep 14, 2013

I must admit to having trouble seeing this book through. Although I identified Carol's struggles, her socialist and feminist ideals, her inner and personal battles, I found the novel slow, even sluggish - which I suppose was the point. Main Street has an inertia, resistance to change and conformism which swallows and engulfs... for nearly 500 pages. Miles' defeat and Valborg's success are foils that show just how deeply Carol has been enveloped to the point that she wasn't even able to rebuild her life in Washington. The last lines are so pathetic that there's nothing left but to pity Carol. A harsh critique which does not leave much room for hope.

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