Parnassus on Wheels

Parnassus on Wheels

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by Christopher Morley
     
 

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Parnassus on Wheels was written by Christopher Morley and first published in 1917. It's Morley's first novel, about a fictional traveling book-selling business. The original owner of the business, Roger Mifflin, sells it to 39-year-old Helen McGill, who is tired of taking care of her older brother, Andrew. Andrew is a former businessman turned farmer, turned author.

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Parnassus on Wheels was written by Christopher Morley and first published in 1917. It's Morley's first novel, about a fictional traveling book-selling business. The original owner of the business, Roger Mifflin, sells it to 39-year-old Helen McGill, who is tired of taking care of her older brother, Andrew. Andrew is a former businessman turned farmer, turned author. As an author, he begins using the farm as his Muse rather than a livelihood. When Mifflin shows up with his traveling bookstore, Helen buys it--partly to prevent Andrew from buying it--and partly to treat herself to a long-overdue adventure of her own. The first of two novels to be written from a woman's perspective, as well as the prequel to a later novel (The Haunted Bookshop), Parnassus on Wheels was inspired by David Grayson's novel, The Friendly Road, and starts with an open letter to Grayson, taking him to task for not concerning himself (except in passing) with his sister's opinion of and reaction to his adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013041202
Publisher:
United Holdings Group
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
310 KB

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Parnassus on Wheels (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Jarber More than 1 year ago
Makes me think of a story like Arsenic and Old Lace. Just good old fashioned fun to read and full of characters you can't help but like.
OldbookwormTN More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was the first book I ordered for my Nook and I got several ideas about other books to read, the next one was The Haunted Bookshop which goes with this one . I love the old classics and I am not sure how I have managed to miss this one. When books have been around as long as these have there must be some value to what they have to say. Hope there are others that will enjoy it as well
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a cute little book. It can probably be read over a weekend. The main character in the story, Helen, has a brother who is a successful novelist who writes about farm life and its inhabitants. Helen has baked 6,000 loaves of bread in the past 15 years! When a salesman comes to their farm and wants to sell Parnassus (a traveling bookstore/van with a horse), Helen gets mad that her brother will go off yet again to have adventures which he will write a book about. Consequently, leaving her to tend the farm and all chores. Instead, Helen buys Parnassus off the man to spite her brother but then has an adventure of her own! The sequal is 'Haunted Bookshop.'
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