See the Best Books of the Month Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors’ picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries. Lewis’s remarkable satirical novel about millionaire auto manufacturer Sam Dodsworth, who journeys to Europe with his new wife. This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of our knowledge, the text of this.

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When the love affair falls through, she writes, sounding repentant but still full of gossip and excuses.

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

She half stood up in the taxi, crying, “Oh look, Sam, look! He’s finding himself more and more intrigued with “experiencing” the old dodswort while Sinckair ability to do the xinclair is limited. Dodsworth, which even right-wing journalist John Chamberlain praised as a rare sympathetic treatment of the businessman in American literature, does not make the titular protagonist the butt of the kind of satire we see in Babbitt, the Lewis seems to me at his best when handling a meaty subject and giving his satirical impulses free rein.

Sinclair Lewis, looking so thoughtful. Your comment will appear after I take a look. He experiences rising discomfort as she worms her way into European high society or what she takes to be such. They go on an extended tour of Europe. Doddsworth presents many such moments. In the last of what are generally considered Sinclair Lewis’s “great novels” of the s, Americans Sam and Fran Dodsworth travel abroad after Sam sinlair from the auto industry.

But here’s the thing. His wife Fran, however, is fighting age tooth and nail.

Any opinions on the last sentence of the book for me, please? In fact, she goes out of her way to belittle Sam’s quiet good nature in private and in company.

Fran falls in with a crowd of frivolous dinclair, while Sam plays more of an independent tourist. He’s so out of touch with leais own feelings that he doesn’t know himself at all.

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It’s my understanding that the Hollywood movie is very good but also serious I thought. Sam Dodsworth is the retired head of a successful auto company and he travels around Europe with his annoying wife, Fran. The plot is ageless. Though it is set in the past, it was also written in that past.

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Jun 30, Collier Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although lacking much of the punch of such earlier works as Babbit and Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth is a must-read for any fan of this now sadly-overlooked author. Once they arrive in London, Sam tags along after Fran as she spins from one flirtation to another. Europe, wife vs husband Hope can an Ivy League man who forged great success in the automobile industry be so completely dominated by his relentlessly selfish wife?

To me a book about identity and just who do we think we are and how do you define yourself. Sam is game and goes along with Fran until Fran’s attempts to be eternally young and romantically cherished as one of the beautiful people really cause a lot of soul-searching and agony. His breakthrough book was Main Street in followed by Babbitt inArrowsmith in and Elmer Gantry in Are our shoulders not as broad? I’ve never read anything by Sinclair Lewis, but I read this because I really like the movie adaptation of this novel.

I like the Fran of the first three hundred pages who acted reprehensibly but still turned and said “Have I remembered to tell you I adore you? Dodsworth, which even right-wing journalist John Chamberlain praised as a rare sympathetic treatment of the businessman in American literature, does not make the titular protagonist the butt of the kind of satire we see in Babbitt, the more so as by the time we catch up to him he has retired.

Still “working on” this one. When Fran gives in to the attentions of another young man, a minor aristocrat, it is the last straw. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. So much better than I thought it would be. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.


It’s a long haul, but he makes it. Opposites do attract, but only if both parties focus on what they agree on more than what they disagree on. No one does American ambition like Lewis, which is why he probably ranks higher than most of the authors on whatever “Great American Novel” list you might read. We are seeing the Baby Boomer generation starting to retire and also seeing divorce rates of people over 55 skyrocketing.

Jul 24, Laurel rated it really liked it. But it’s her motivation that’s suspect. I’d originally thought the book was about cowboys and Indians and boy was I victim of disappointment. It’s a talented author who can write a novel that’s still enjoyable when the main characters are unlikable looking at you, Madame Bovary. Dec 21, Justin rated it liked it. sinclairr

Both are forced to choose between marriage and the new lifestyles they have pursued. Then it had made him the more tender.

Sam Dodsworth is a victim of his own early retirement. Notes – A gay character! Either way, Dodsworth as a whole was slow at times and much longer than it needed to be.

While the pace is definitely s-leisurely, the insights into class, relationships, maturity, divorce and the “broadening” aspects of travel are timeless and keen. Lists with This Book. I think Sinclair Lewis also means to say that we each carry within ourselves the capacity for a fairly specific sort of happiness. The slow dissolution of the marriage, the contradictions of personality, the existence of strengths and weaknesses, aggressive and passive roles in both husband and wife, the psychological disintegration and re-building of a man’s self-image-these are the main themes of DODSWORTH.

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