Teaser Tuesdays: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I am going to revolt and share a slightly longer passage because it’s just too funny (from page 194):

They had gone to the “movies.” The movies were almost as vital to Kennicott and the other solid citizens of Gopher Prairie as land-speculation and guns and automobiles.

The feature film portrayed a brave young Yankee who conquered a South American republic. He turned the natives from their barbarous habits of singing and laughing to the vigorous sanity, the Pep and Punch and Go, of the North; he taught them to work in factories, to wear Klassy Kollege Klothes, and to shout, “Oh, you baby doll, watch me gather in the mazuma.” He changed nature itself. A mountain which had borne nothing but lilies and cedars and loafing clouds was by his Hustle so inspirited that it broke out in long wooden sheds, and piles of iron ore to be converted into steamers to carry iron ore to be converted into steamers to carry iron ore.

If that’s not clever and funny and insightful I don’t know what is.

And in case you need help (like I did) with mazuma, Answers.com tells me it is slang for money or cash.

I’m enjoying Dethroning the King simultaneous with Main Street. Aren’t I a lucky girl!

4 Responses

  1. Very delightful…and clever! Love the “sound” of the language….

    Here’s MY TT POST

  2. I’m really enjoying this book very much; I’m sorry I left it to sit on the shelf for so long before starting it! I’ll write up my fuller impressions when I finish, maybe this week… but I recommend it.

  3. Oh gosh, I had forgotten about this book. I read it years ago but don’t remember it very well.

  4. I think I’ll stick with the singing and laughing, thanks. Good teaser!

    My teaser, from the book that inspired an Oscar-nominated movie, is here.

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