Customer Reviews for

Main Street

Average Rating 4
( 431 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(281)

4 Star

(63)

3 Star

(29)

2 Star

(17)

1 Star

(41)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Small Towns Can Be Depressing

In 1905, 37 year old lawyer Paul Percy Harris created the Rotary Club of Chicago and launched the Service Club movement. His explicit goal was to transplant to huge, cut-throat, impersonal, low- standard Chicago the best features of friendly, uplifting, prosper...
In 1905, 37 year old lawyer Paul Percy Harris created the Rotary Club of Chicago and launched the Service Club movement. His explicit goal was to transplant to huge, cut-throat, impersonal, low- standard Chicago the best features of friendly, uplifting, prospering, moral Wallingford, Vermont (population 1,000) where Harris had grown up. In 1920 appeared MAIN STREET, a novel by 35 year old Harry Sinclair Lewis. The novel's most obvious goal was to alert America to the negative, under-achieving, soul-shrinking aspects of small towns, particularly of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota (population 7,000). *** Trailing glorious memories of Judge Milford, her wise father and of her childhood home in Mankato, Minnesota, Carol Milford married a man a dozen years her senior, Will Kennicott, M.D., and moved with him to Gopher Prairie. Her father, who died when Carol was a teen, was a Massachusetts man, 'smiling and shabby, ... learned and teasingly kind.' And Mankato 'is not a prairie town, but in its garden-sheltered streets and aisles of elms is white and green New England reborn' (MAIN STREET, Ch. I) In college the orphaned Carol had discovered a dreamy bent for sociology and town-planning. These experiences she brought to her wedding and to her move from St. Paul where she worked as a librarian to Gopher Prairie, population 7,000. The mixture of past, present and future proved unstable in Carol Kennicott. *** Will Kennicott was not the intellectual that Carol Milford Kennicott's father had been. Will was a plodding, ordinary, hard-working country doctor. The most intellectually daring thing he ever did was to admire volatile, questing Carol and persuade her to marry him. Gopher Prairie was no transplanted Athens (as Carol remembered Mankato). And Gopher Prairie and its Main Street, representing thousands of similar American small towns, were unplanned, ugly, dirty, uncultured and a parasite on surrounding rural areas and farmers. Carol Kennicott set out to reform husband, town and 'denizens.' She played an idealistic, reforming Mary to her friend Vida Sherwin's more practical Martha. Carol sought to transform the village's architecture, school, and culture and create a sense of civic solidarity among its wealthier leaders. Her blitzkriegs all failed in the short run. But behind the scenes, with an eye to the long haul, over the years Vida Sherwin patiently won a new school. *** Meanwhile, the Kennicott marriage was neither a partnership in which husband and wife pooled resources behind the same profession nor a happy home built around a burgeoning nursery. Doctor Will retained an all male coterie of duck- hunting, tobacco-spitting friends, notably the merchant Sam Clark, 'dealer in hardware, sporting goods, cream separators and almost every kind of heavy junk you can think of' (Ch. III). The closest Carol was permitted to that circle was when Will bade her serve them food and drink on poker nights. *** Towards novel's end, yearning for freedom, a job, intellectual stimulus and romance, Carol took her three year old son off to Washington, DC in October 1918, a month before the end of World War One. There she experienced both the excitement of socializing with richly experienced, creative adults as well as the dullness of a Government office job. After a taste of strikers and the women's suffrage leaders, a more realistic Carol returned to husband, Gopher Prairie and Main Street. *** Sinclair Lewis went on to write BABBITT and other books mocking the transplanted devotion to small towns created by Rotary, Boosters, Kiwanis and other men's organizations. The duel goes on to this day, with idealized Mankato, Minnesota and Wallingord, Vermont rebuking a spirit-crushing Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, and between Paul Percy Harris and Harry SInclair Lewis. *** -OOO-

posted by Anonymous on September 7, 2005

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Horrible edition! Do not select this edition!

Full of typos, errors, starting on the copyright page. A complete disaster of an edition.

posted by Kristin_MN on October 27, 2010

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 21 – 40 of 433 Customer Reviews
Page 2 of 22
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Frozenlightning

    He flys in yawning.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    PTS

    I didnt ride bus today but i have to wake up at five from my stupid singing clock!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    A dark alicorn

    Blasts Firework with magic and stops her. He blasts X and disables the gun.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Fire Heart

    "Ahhhhhh. You are one wise cat/pony"

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Ahri

    Trots over to a lake.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Fugepie

    Hi.i said shyly

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Shadow

    Stalks in

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    FF

    Gtgtb bbtas

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Vynx

    42-42-564...

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Hey, guys! Don't tell me you forgot about me already! :D HAPPY E

    Hey, guys!
    Don't tell me you forgot about me already! :D HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY FROST! GUYS! MESSAGE ME! I CAN STILL SEE YOUR COMMENTS! WRITE TO ME, LOVES! I MISS Y'ALL. PLEASE WRITE BACK.

    -Midnight
    ((I'm begging you guys! Write to me! I LOVE YOU!))

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Fury Force

    Actually, Fury Wing could do. Yes. Fury Wing it is.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    BOOOO!!!!

    My songs better:<p>
    THE BODY BAGS AND LITTLE RAGS OF CHILDREN TORN IN TWO! AND THE JELLY BRAINS OF THOSE WHO REMAINED TO PUT A FINGER RIGHT ON YOU! AS THE MADMAN PLAYS ON WORDS AND MAKES US ALL DANCE TO HIS SONG! TO THE TUNE OF STARVING MILLIONS TO MAKE A BETTER KINDA GUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Showbiz

    Im baaaaaack, for today anways

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    <_>

    <_>

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Hellur, everypony! Did you guys forget about me? :( Anywaaaay, I

    Hellur, everypony! Did you guys forget about me? :( Anywaaaay, I wanted to check up on everythang! How's life? Any new ponies? Anything new at all? I promise that I'll be on soon, so don't worrah! Oh, yeah! And don't forget about meh B-day! I wanna have it on Frost's Birthday, okay? HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, FROST! &lt;3

    -Midnight 

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Silver

    Haha guest wifi kinda works!!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Kevin Durant

    "Hey Nitro rematch now!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    FF

    Just in general...

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Forest

    He trotted in carrying a cart lookinh around

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    NightDash

    Kk)) he dasshed around

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 21 – 40 of 433 Customer Reviews
Page 2 of 22