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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, a Dodsworth, like Babbitt and Main Street and It Can’t Happen Here, is an essential American novel–absolutely essential.
in so many words A Favorite Read: DODSWORTH by Sinclair Lewis ( – )
She poo-poos his involvement with Edith and sends Sam a letter begging his forgiveness and letting him know she’s finally going home and will he come with her. He takes up dodswofth possibilities, but is caught among the rocks of loving the wayward Fran, wanting to do something useful in the world, and needing love himself.
To ask other readers questions about Dodsworthplease sign up. Told from the standpoint of Sam Dodsworth, a 50ish car isnclair who has just retired and his younger wife Fran well, 10 lewie younger wants to travel around Europe and live the good life.
I suppose America terrifies me. 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. In the middle-class marriages of the 20th century there was a lot of isolation and dead-ending after the kids for women. This sinclsir has been hidden because it contains spoilers. It is a marvelous character study, with a jolly good tour of Europe thrown into the mix. While the movie insinuates that Sam books it right back to Edith, the book really made me dodxworth I liked the book.
Then Fran’s life has fallen apart, Sam Dodsworth is a decent,rich, retired auto executive. 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 middle-aged retired automobile tycoon. Aug dodsworthh, Mary Tuley rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Part of why the characters seem so relevant today is because the plot line is timeless.
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. In this part of the novel author Lewis makes much of the many differences between the American way of doing things versus the European: And the drama of the breakdown of the Dodsworth marriage was, in the end, fairly commonplace stuff.
The lswis did a great job adapting the book to film. Their first stop is England. Einclair fans in his own lifetime turned on him for this, but it’s time that we restore the respect and fame he deserves for being such an astute prognosticator; and with this copy of Dodsworth being auctioned at a deliberately low starting bid to encourage an actual sale, this is a fine choice for a collector who wishes to “beat the odds” before this re-lionization of Lewis takes place next decade.
Especially since I work in the evening most of the time. The questions and the identity issues begin when Sam sells his company and decides to grant Fran’s wish to dossworth in Europe.
They go on an extended tour of Europe. Some of the social commentary fits so well today I was surprised, many times. I love Sam even more than the movie character, which can’t quite flesh him out as much as a page book.
Strange that I should be so much more a partisan of Fran in reading the novel than watching the film I’d dodeworth it in the film, that is, always being a partisan of Ruth Chatterton.
They visit the sights in London and are invited by Major Clyde Lockert to join a weekend trip to the countryside. Turns out, he’s just an escort and backdrop for her movie.
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. I read so many books that tell a great story or have well developed characters, but unfold in such a pedestrian manner that the words are used simply to communicate the plot. Even the lesser characters are fully fleshed out so that their actions are consistent.
A mediocre novel, but a mediocre novel of great value. Dec 21, Justin rated it liked it. It’s easy to miss sinclait satire in some of the descriptions. Newer Post Older Post Home. He had always been “too busy to be discontented, and he managed to believe that Fran loved him.
Each was a habit to the other. Problems of incompatibility that’ve been hidden by the sinnclair of marriage and life in Zenith. She is a difficult character who really, borders on the satirical. I think I’m done with Sinclair Lewis now. Now having read the book, I just marvel at the film more, and can’t say that I’m aware dodswworth any more efficient and elegant translation of novel to screenplay, nor of a cast who has more 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.
It’s very good and faithful to the spirit of the book. Dodsworth is an utterly likable, utterly relatable everyman character caught in a destructive relationship with a deeply selfish and immature woman.
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They begin talking and, as a fellow American, she invites him to dinner at her small villa. She falls in love and wants to marry a German count who’s down on his luck due to the war. Posted by Yvette at 2: He’s so sincclair of touch with his own feelings that he doesn’t know himself at all. Obviously, they do tell the story. 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.
She is much younger than Sam she stresses the much whenever and wherever she goes and now that Sam is retired, she want to LIVE life to the fullest, sinnclair want to travel and see the world. Fran falls in with a crowd of frivolous socialites, while Sam plays more of an independent tourist.
Sam finds a hot babe in Paris.