Free Air

Free Air

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by Sinclair Lewis
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9781539140450
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/29/2016
Pages:
240

Meet the Author

Born in 1885 in Minnesota, Sinclair Lewis worked as a newspaper journalist before becoming an acclaimed novelist. Known for their satirical take on modern affairs, his best-known books include Main Street, Arrowsmith, Babbitt, and Dodsworth. In 1930, he became the first U.S. writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lewis died in1951 in Italy.

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Free Air 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
FREE AIR (1919) puts period to Sinclair Lewis's apprentice years as a writer turning magazine stories into short novels.*** FREE AIR lays out themes that will recur during the 20s in books like MAIN STREET and ARROWSMITH, e.g., chivalrous plodding male meets ditzy, idealistic good-hearted girl. Their temptation to dally and to play crosses their ambition to work and achieve. *** Travel ever westward purifies the spirit. *** The tale is set in early months of World War One, before America's entry. Miss CLAIR BOLTWOOD of the fashionable Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, drives a heavy Gomez-Dep roadster towards a visit with cousins in Seattlein order to relax her widowed father's overworked nervous system. For small-town Minnesota mechanic MILTON DAGGETT who rescues Claire and the Gomez-Dep from a mudhole, it is love at first sight. It is the apostles throwing down their fishing nets to follow Jesus. It is Don Quixote setting out on his quest. *** Will Claire turn Milt(on) into a man of manners, persuade him to get a university degree? Or should she renounce the comforts of society and join Milt in a simple life in the great outdoors? Can Milt overcome his dislike of Claire's class and her friends and relatives who poke fun at his rustic behavior? Imagine Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn in a light-hearted romp over wretched early 20th century roads through the glorious west. The reader will enjoy few guffaws, no tears, but a recurring rumble of chuckles. *** In later novels Sinclair Lewis will pile on seemingly unending descriptions of Rotarians and others in mesmerizing comic phrases. A hint of this technique occurs in FREE AIR's Chapter twenty in his four rhythmic stanzas celebrating the names of the towns of Washington State, beginning:*** Humptulips, Tum Tum, Moclips, Yelm/ Satsop, Bucoda, Omak, Enumclaw/... *** The novel FREE AIR (a sign frequently seen at filling stations during the trek) is a hoot. Nothing heavy or demanding in it. Just great clean fun. -OOO-
Bookwoman100 More than 1 year ago
Intriguing descriptions of a woman driving a car across the country in the early part of the 20th century. It was truly an athletic endeavor that required physical strength and technical knowledge. We take so much for granted today with power steering, power brakes, even windows!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a lovely taste of Sinclair Lewis at an early stage in his writing!
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Good
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And no motels when everyboby else is going by train and shipping their car with them. And there were trains going every where and faster
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NEED TO PEE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I jut like putting post up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the worst book ever