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Maybe it’ll get better – later – doesworth some more serious unpleasantness. Ausmus has described Dodsworth as Lewis’ “most sympathetic yet most savage”, “most real” and “truest picture of the middle class” of America at the time. Dodsworth, which even right-wing journalist John Chamberlain praised as a rare sympathetic treatment of the businessman in American literature, does leeis 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.

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Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis. Passing up advancement in pewis recently sold company, Dodsworth leaves for Europe with Fran, but her motivations to get to Europe become quickly known.

But in the novel, set beside her increasingly obvious ghastliness, there is so purely and faithfully Sam’s love for her to contend with.

The screenwriters did a great job adapting the book to film. It starred Ruth Chatterton and Walter Huston. Isn’t it too exciting!

Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Fran seems so certainly wrong. In fact it feels horrifyingly wrong—nothing inevitable in it but that no matter what Sam does for himself now he has lost. Which isn’t a pity since they couldn’t play conversationally, I should begin by saying I love, ardently, William Wyler’s film adaptation of Dodsworth.


He had been able to guess not too badly at the size of British towns; he had not been too greatly bewildered by anything in England, once he was over the shock of seeing postmen in funny hats, and taxicabs with no apparent speed above neutral. Jun 30, Collier Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Six books is more than enough. Continued slow going due to work taking up too much time.

The trip gives both of them the first chance in decades to find out who they arethe common motif in literature and life of travelling to discover yourselfand they realize that they don’t have much in common. As a young woman reader, I found Dodsworth pretty enlightening. I think Sinclair Lewis also means to say that we each carry within ourselves the capacity for a fairly specific sort of happiness.

I enjoyed both film and novel immensely but I wonder if my view would be any different if I had encountered the book first, before seeing the film. This page was last edited on 16 Julyat These bald-faced high white houses! Aboard ship he indulges her need to be the center of every male attention because he understands she is terrified of growing old.

Between you and me I thought I’d find the book boring or hard to get into. Feb 19, Richard Knight rated it liked it. 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.

Oh well; of course there’s the artificial plot set-up of the two of them separating so she can get her butt into trouble trying to live on her own like one of the Old World Gentry. As for Fran, you’ll have to read the book. These five books were what earned him the Nobel Prize in with most of the emphasis given to the influence of Babbitt on literature.


This lfwis supposed to be a “comedy” but it isn’t so far. If you’re in the mood for a detailed, somewhat emotional trip into the past with stylized characters that still ring true in the present really, who doesn’t know a Fran?

It looks like Dodsworth’s not so sure about the USA either. I will admit to liking the movie better, but perhaps only because I encountered it first.

It’s all about “me, me, me” all the time, time, time, and i think Fran sinc,air a lot more into this time period than I’m sure she did back in the 20s.

The world, when you travel, seems too big to be worried about something so small. When Fran gives in to the attentions of another young man, a minor aristocrat, it is the last straw. My long-time real friend, and Goodreads friend Emily always has excellent taste in literature and when I saw five Goodreads stars from her for this book I was sold. He’s a millionaire, an automobile magnate, who, at 50 years of age finds himself willing to grow old gracefully, happy with who he is and what he’s become.

CCLaP’s rare-book service [ cclapcenter. Fran falls in with a crowd of frivolous socialites, while Sam plays more of an independent tourist.