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World So Wide ➺ [Reading] ➼ World So Wide By Sinclair Lewis ➯ – Sinclair Lewis 1885 1951 was an American novelist short story writer playwright In 1930 he became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his vigorous graphic art of descrip Sinclair Lewis was an American novelist short story writer playwright In he became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his vigorous graphic art of description and his ability to create with wit humor new types of characters His works are known for their insightful critical views of American society capitalist values as well as their strong characterizations of modern World So PDF/EPUB or working women.

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  1. D.A. D.A. says:

    I really wasn't expecting to love this book or even to like it I had dutifully read a couple Sinclair Lewis books in high school but hadn't exactly warmed to them His work seemed dated already like maybe the school had bought a bunch of copies of Babbitt back when they were 25 cents and my teacher had discovered the beat up paperbacks still lying in the supply closet and thought hey I'm going to use these to torture the JuniorsOn a recent trip to the Mechanics' Library I grabbed this book off the shelf as sort of a let's see if I still hate Sinclair Lewis kind of impulse; I expected to get one or two sentences in give a satisfied yawn and put it back I'd love to say that there was something delightful about the opening but there wasn't really The book started off with the protagonist architect Hayden Chart losing his wife in an auto accident and it hardly seemed like things were going to get cheery But at the same time there was a kind of hopeful uality to the story; I mean it was clear that the main character was not going to lie in the hospital and brood forever And indeed once he decided to set out for Italy the novel began to sparkle with satire and the promise of adventureSo about this time in the reading I decided I'd find my own copy because I was enjoying some of it enough to want to underline things and I didn't want to ruin the library copy I guess I really didn't know much about Sinclair Lewis aside from the fact he had once won the Nobel Prize in Literature and that my high school American Lit teacher liked his books but no one else seemed to pay him much mind; his work was not being taught by the time I went to college to study literature So I was not surprised to find that this book like so many other books by writers once revered but now sort of laid aside had gone out of print But I was a little shocked to look at the book's reviews on Goodreads and to see that it hadn't knocked most people's socks off I mean maybe I'm not the most discriminate reader in the world but I was actually enjoying the novel I saw that this was Lewis's last published work and I thought well maybe the damn thing tanks about mid way through or maybe it was never really 'finished' I mean I was prepared at every stage along the way to NOT LIKE THIS BOOK Even now I think well maybe I just didn't read it right because I seem to be one of the few people who actually liked it Hopefully I won't be the only one This book just sailed right along as soon as Hayden Chart got on that boat to ItalyHayden's not exactly the most likable character nor really are any of the characters likable And perhaps that's one reason readers are put off But I've also read plenty of satirical novels in which none of the characters were at all charming and really isn't that one of the pleasures of satire? Olivia Lorenzo Sir Henry Belfontall of the American characters are so desperately invested in Old World culture; they are seeking validation through acuiring and utilizing knowledge of European history art architecture They are what we would call poseurs pretenders to the thrones of the past Sinclair Lewis's satire of Yanks abroad also celebrates the simple gangly homespun and open hearted adventurousness of Americans even while poking fun at this inexplicable desire to be validated by Europeans and most of all to become expert to endlessly explain Smoochers the word was Hayden's own; first blooming of his Florentine poetic revelations are those shaggy and lumbering men who in a church or a ruined palace or a public suare pop out of a vacuum guides and sextons and loafers and plain floor sweepers who with hazy but persistent firmness wreck and ruin and shatter the still raptness in which you have been contemplating a facade or say a Ghirlandaio by telling you that remarkably enough it is a church or a Ghirlandaio You knew it already That is why you went there The story line is not all that remarkable But the punch and pull of the prose is uplifting and I found myself waking each of these past few mornings wanting to read on if only to laugh at how marvelously wretched nearly all of the characters are I won't spoil the ending; it is perhaps not even a satisfactory ending but that's hardly the point The story does not live in its completion but in its telling

  2. John Harder John Harder says:

    Sinclair Lewis always looks on Americans as being rather provincial – but also seems to appreciate the American character flawed though it isOur hero Hayden Chart is a Colorado architect who to his great good fortune manages to kill his wife in a car accident He doesn’t feel so at the time but after being introduced to his wife I think most readers would agree that her mangled corpse is must better company than the living womanMr Chart runs off to Europe to brush the American hay out of his hair and eventually settles in Florence Italy There he takes up with a woman who should beaten shot then thrown down a well but I think Mr Lewis want us to see her as a somewhat sympathetic manner I am not an ogre – I would only kill her once and with minimal giggling – well until laterThrough the romance and wandering about Hayden confronts intellectual pretense and the hypocrisy which is so common to the human animal; this as always done with Lewis’ almost patented satirical styleThis is not Arrowsmith or Babbitt but still damn good

  3. Murray Murray says:

    Uneven at times World So Wide is still an enjoyable book with many bright spots I've never been to Florence but Lewis's description of the city and the ex pats that live there gripped my interest His characters are extremely well defined even though the story moves along at a slow pace at times Lewis is a master of witty dialog and this book as plenty of it as characters verbally spar with one another to gain or hold their social positions The last 30 pages when Roxy and Olivia go at each other is especially rewardingSidebar I read the paperback version of this hard to find book The price on the cover was 035 so I'm guessing it was a first edition from about 1950

  4. Daniela Stefania Daniela Stefania says:

    No lo disfruté

  5. Jason Hillenburg Jason Hillenburg says:

    Final novels from respected novelist are always dicey reading experiences Few face the same fate as Dickens' Edwin Drood Instead often than not they are incomplete early drafts further fragmented by poor health or else they are finished works so indelibly stamped with evidence of illness and decline that they scarcely seem penned by an once great writerWorld So Wide falls into the last category By 1950 alcoholism and public disfavor among other factors gutted the Nobel laureate's skill Much of his artistic reputation rests on his intelligent ferocious satire of American life and personalities However unlike in earlier novels Lewis' serio comic observations of his characters and modern life are blurry like a private joke with just enough context provided that his apparent amusement becomes frustrating Lewis' protagonist architect Hayden Chart has no real dimension virtually every important element of character is presented in such a garrulous fashion that the reader can't possibly take him seriouslyLife could have been tremulous with noble emotions and cultivated senses or so the poets informed him Hayden sighed and was he to spend its awful flicker in listening to an old miser bellowing 'See whatta mean'? Whenever Hayden had a notion for a warehouse that should be something than a prison Jesse protested 'You long haired artists give me a pain I'm a practical man'It was painful that while Jesse regarded him as an anarchist the local Modernist and Functionalist and general Impossibilist Mr Kivi from Finland Doctor Kivi considered Hayden 'a nize fella personal but yoost anudder old fashion architectural tailor giffing the dumb bourgeois whateffer kind suitings dey tink dey vant'I can picture Lewis laughing mightily as he lapsed into the mock Finnish accent He never expected few others would Another terrible lapse in judgment is hauling an earlier novel's protagonist Samuel Dodsworth for a pointless cameo As well it only serves to remind this reader how far Lewis' prose has fallenRecommended for a Lewis fan and completest but prepare to be depressed this great writer came to a bad end in ways than one

  6. Juan Carlos Juan Carlos says:

    WORLD SO WIDE is a pretty good book and even though it's the first of Sinclair's novels I have read it is understandable that he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930 The novel regards the life and times of Hayden Chart a typical American living in Colorado during the post WWII years Chart's seemingly perfect life is suddenly shattered by the death of his wife in an automobile accident for which cannot help but feel guilty When his wife passes away Chart decides to run away to Europe in an effort to reconstruct his life He winds up in Florence where most of the novel takes place He has realized that all that he is is a good architect and apart from that his life is very empty He had thought of himself as a well cultured person only to realize that on the contrary he is uite ignorant His circle of friends in Colorado consists of a group of superficial characters from which he must run away He makes up his mind to become a european history scholar which he sees as a way to live a better life In his process to relive his life he meets Olivia a cold hearted Italian history professor with whom he falls deeply in love with While in Italy he develops a relationship with the American colony which is also filled with a set of pretty superficial characters The plot flows with much ease and the 200 pages are both involving and easy to read Chart Olivia and a few of the secondary characters are extremely well developed humanized and extremely believable characters I would not consider the book to be a page turner but none the less it is definitely a novel worth reading Chart's effort to rebuild his life his being exposed to real love for the first time and his effort to survive in a new world uite different from his own provide for a few hours of entertainment He never becomes a historian but he is able to turn his life around

  7. Alex Alex says:

    As far as I can tell this book is meant to be in the tradition of novels on Americans preferably single in Italy The obvious antecedents in many particulars are Hawthorne's The Marble Faun and Howells's Indian Summer From this perspective Lewis's work isn't bad at all Taken by itself it seems a bit pointless

  8. John Marr John Marr says:

    Perhaps one of Lewis's worst books; not even a guest appearance by my beloved Dodsworth can salvage it

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