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A utopian novel. Julian West falls into an hypnotic trance near the end of the 19th Century and awakens more than 100 years later
(right around now) to find America transformed into a socialist utopia. Bellamy uses the conceit to explore his ideas of how to improve society.
Green's first and best-known novel is a nicely complicated murder mystery with a classic drawing room resolution.
It was apparently used by Yale Law School to demonstrate the weakness of circumstantial evidence.
A short time before the outbreak of WWI the Desnoyers family move from Argentina to France. The family includes both French and German elements and the war only amplifies existing tensions.
Argentine son Julio must choose between his current dissolute lifestyle and stepping up to the responsibilities the war brings, and then live with the consequences...
Hutchinson makes a compelling story out of a difficult subject; an unhappy marriage, a divorce, and an unwed mother who commits suicide.
The book was almost immediately adapted as a film, and also republished in the 1940's.
Sinclair Lewis is the first American to receive a Nobel Price for literature. Main Street was initially awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Price, but the Board of Trustees overturned the jury decision and awarded the prize to Edith Wharton for Age of Innocence.
The novel is an indictment of the 'vacuous respectability' of small town America and an exploration of the conflict between those who strive for intensity and those who are content with a routine existence.
Lewis's characters are skillfully drawn and he shows subtle and compelling insights into their psychology.
In spite of it's critical stance the initial publication of the book was a political and and social event.
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