First published in 1929, Dodsworth tells the story of a young American couple who moves to Europe When the woman becomes involved with another man, her husband must choose between forgiving his wife or abandoning the relationship, Europe, forever.
Dodsworth First published in Dodsworth tells the story of a young American couple who moves to Europe When the woman becomes involved with another man her husband must choose between forgiving his wife o
OhI suppose America terrifies me I feel insecure there I feel everybody watching me, and criticizing me unless I m buzzing about Doing Something Important uplifting the cinema or studying Einstein or winning bridge championships or breeding Schnauzers or something And there s no privacy, and I m an extravagant woman when it comes to the luxury of privacy Edith CortrightWalter Huston plays Sam Dodsworth in the 1936 movie.Sam Dodsworth made a small fortune building up an automobile company and the [...]
I should begin by saying I love, ardently, William Wyler s 1936 film adaptation of Dodsworth Now having read the book, I just marvel at the film , and can t say that I m aware of any efficient and elegant translation of novel to screenplay, nor of a cast who has successfully captured the spirit of their literary alter egos, without being a bit restrained by the text very few lines straight from Lewis appear in the film.Which isn t a pity since they couldn t play conversationally, but Lewis com [...]
Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally CCLaP s rare book service cclapcenter rarebooks recently auctioned off a first edition, first printing copy of Sinclair Lewis 1929 Dodsworth Below is the write up I did for the book s description Poor Sinclair Lewis Once one of the most celebrated writers on the planet, for an unprecedented string of commercial hit [...]
Dodsworth, like Babbitt and Main Street and It Can t Happen Here, is an essential American novel absolutely essential No one does American ambition like Lewis, which is why he probably ranks higher than most of the authors on whatever Great American Novel list you might read Samuel Dodsworth is a business man, a captain of the motor industry, a family man who really doesn t know anything about his family, a man with a respectable lawn, an esteemed peer of the right clubs and committees, and prop [...]
If Sinclair Lewis wasn t the greatest author of the twentieth century, he was damn close Like his earlier works, Dodsworth is a biting indictment of American society at the turn of the twentieth century, in this case epitomized by captain of industry Samuel Dodsworth and his social climbing wife Although lacking much of the punch of such earlier works as Babbit and Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth is a must read for any fan of this now sadly overlooked author.
I d never read anything by this author, so thought I d start here The societal observation is so keen that at times I nearly forgot it wasn t set in current time although the casual anti Semitism was pretty tough As a book, it was largely frustrating, and often tedious, dealing with a protagonist in a one sided relationship, where everyone knows it s over, but him Recommended for those who ve enjoyed other Lewis works and or those with a fascination for the interwar period.
One of my all time favorite reads so insightful, so filled with the differences that people see or wish to see between european and american culture ,explained so wonderfully by a great writer how many times i wonder did Sinclair lewis himself walk through grand central station pondering like sam dodsworth does in this novel dont you love it when great books are turned in to great movies like this one the film is as good as the book a very rear feat other books that come to mind McTeague by fran [...]
While one of Lewis most well known novels, Dodsworth isn t as ambitious or funny as some of his other classics, like Babbitt or Elmer Gantry Instead, it s a half break up half tour of Europe novel, with only one area being successful hint it s the former For me anyway Sam Dodsworth is the retired head of a successful auto company and he travels around Europe with his annoying wife, Fran But here s the thing While I hate Fran since Lewis made it impossible not to, I find it hard to actually conde [...]
I ve never read anything by Sinclair Lewis, but I read this because I really like the 1936 movie adaptation of this novel The book is very good Told from the standpoint of Sam Dodsworth, a 50ish car magnate who has just retired and his younger wife Fran well, 10 years younger wants to travel around Europe and live the good life 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 sear [...]
I thought the plot was drab and the people bland but intentionally so Sinclair Lewis is underappreciated now, but he was a genius at serving up the realities of his time.
My next book in between the Potter series Gotta clean the palate My edition is a paperback from a ways back Signet 1967 99 cents I ve read Babbitt, Elmer Gantry and It Can t Happen Here all long ago in prep school and Arrowsmith recently.Sam and spouse are in England now and he s opening up to the experience of moving closer to a authentic self Very interesting to read Lewis words on the now fashionable authentic self thing Meanwhile the wife is beginning to reveal her shortcomings Cute but sh [...]
I m a huge fan of the 1936 movie of this book, perfectly cast with Walter Huston and Ruth Chatterton, and I ve read Elmer Gantry, another Sinclair Lewis book and great movie It s a talented author who can write a novel that s still enjoyable when the main characters are unlikable looking at you, Madame Bovary Sam Dodsworth is a fifty something millionaire manufacturer of automobiles who has recently retired Fran is his forty something wife, and together, they are doing the Grand Tour of Europe F [...]
In the last of what are generally considered Sinclair Lewis s great novels of the 1920s, Americans Sam and Fran Dodsworth travel abroad after Sam retires from the auto industry First in Britain, then in Europe, they discover that neither of them are the people that they thought they were A loosely autobiographical effort by Lewis who draws on his breakup with his first wife, Grace , this book also addresses the American view of Europe, and the European view of America, in the days immediately be [...]
I ve never read Lewis before but I have seen the movie based on this novel with Walter Huston It s very good and faithful to the spirit of the book This was an extremely frank examination of a marriage for the times we really get into the inner workings of Fran and Sam s relationship and how she manipulates him and how he has to figure out how to work her to get what he wants s very interesting without demonizing either one Since most of the book is from his point of view, it s a great achieveme [...]
This one s a keeper, and I ve read it several times since finding an old hardback copy in a used bookstore many years ago While the pace is definitely 1920s leisurely, the insights into class, relationships, maturity, divorce and the broadening aspects of travel are timeless and keen It s also, in its own odd way, a romance told from the man s point of view As a young woman reader, I found Dodsworth pretty enlightening And the older I get, the enlightening it is the main characters here are in [...]
To me a book about identity and just who do we think we are and how do you define yourself Sam Dodsworth meets Fran and they marry, have children, and Sam builds a very successful business in motors The questions and the identity issues begin when Sam sells his company and decides to grant Fran s wish to travel in Europe This all happens in the time between wars and as America is mired in prohibition It turns out that perhaps Sam and Fran have never really known each other at all Lewis s descrip [...]
This is my favorite of Lewis s books so far haven t read Babbitt yet It is a marvelous character study, with a jolly good tour of Europe thrown into the mix Dodsworth is an utterly likable, utterly relatable everyman character caught in a destructive relationship with a deeply selfish and immature woman It s ultimately a tragic story in many ways, but you can t help but cheer with Dodsworth finally gives Fran what for Beautiful character arc and sad look at the destructive power humans wield ove [...]
Some of the social commentary fits so well today I was surprised, many times The descriptions get a bit boring for us modern folk who are used to quick images, quick reads, and have an idea of other countries from easier and affordable traveling, and the travel channel It s easy to miss the satire in some of the descriptions Lewis people are nearly spot on, intentionally stereotyped The book resonates even today.
Written in 1929, this Sinclair Lewis is a classic portrayl of American society, politics, and business Lewis deftly describes the US love hate relationship with Europe and all things foreign There are passages that could easily describe what is going on today in the US with our political and business culture A great story, if not a page turner.
So much better than I thought it would be Man that woman got on my last nerve.
A mediocre novel, but a mediocre novel of great value.
Trophy Wife Dumps Hubby for Euro Glitz No doubt, this one is for your must read list When you put it down, you will feel you ve lost contact with some great characters, that you ve really got inside a marriage, that you ve seen life the way it can be.Samuel Dodsworth is an automobile magnate in the early years of the business When his company is bought out, he s left free at age 50, to do whatever he wants But he has a slick, steel willed, glamorous socialite for a wife and she has ambitions of [...]
Emily, Emily, thank you so much for enjoying this book enough to inspire me to read it My long time real friend, and friend Emily always has excellent taste in literature and when I saw five stars from her for this book I was sold I absolutely loved this book It has all the elements that I love in a book, and it didn t disappoint in any of them It is a long book I have mentioned in prior reviews that the longer a novel, if it s a good one, the time one gets to spend with the characters enjoying [...]
America vs Europe, wife vs husbandHope can an Ivy League man who forged great success in the automobile industry be so completely dominated by his relentlessly selfish wife The reason is made painfully clear as the Dodsworth s embark on an extended stay in Europe Dodsworth lays bare many psychological and cultural truths, while giving a glimpse of life in France, Germany and Italy between the world wars.
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Dated Clearly used writing this to work through his own divorce Has some spot on societal observations, but he expressed those better in Main Street, Babbit, and Arrowsmith.
Further cemented my opinion that Sinclair Lewis is one of my favourite authors, if not THE favourite.
This is an absorbing if overlong novel that is both an examination of a failing marriage as well as an exploration of the differences between consumerist American society and European society, where history, gentility and art are still revered.Sam Dodsworth, a pioneer in the automobile industry, finds himself at 50 having sold his share of his company to a larger corporate entity, and persuaded by his restless wife, Fran, to go to Europe for many months Ten years younger than her husband, Fran i [...]
Dodsworth, a 1929 novel by America s first Nobel Prize for Literature recipient Sinclair Lewis is, at its heart, a naturalistic portrait of a marriage in decline, a precursor to the work of Richard Yates and John Updike Sam Dodsworth, is an American industrialist with an Ivy League education, who makes his wealth in the automotive field at its inception At middle age, he retires when his company is acquired by a multi national corporation and he and his younger wife Fran ten years his junior emb [...]
Dodsworth started out well Sam Dodsworth picks Fran for his lifelong sweetheart, marries her, and they live or less happily together for thirty something years Before they married, he promised to one day take her to Europe After he has built up an automobile manufacturing business and become a millionaire but not a multi millionaire , his company is bought out by a larger company, and he opts to retire instead of joining the new company in a subsidiary role Finally, he can take Fran to Europe S [...]