1. Sam Juliano

    “Is he more conscious of these little abrasions than of the great mystery?”

    Indeed he is. Sinclair Lewis is one of America’s greatest literary figures, and his great novels spoke more about the human condition and society than his formidable contemporaries–Hemingway, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Fitzgerald. This brilliant, provocative passage is a definitive example of the (prospective) acute level of the mind at a time when one is to meet their maker, and how the thinking will invariably embrace the realization that the great mystery will remain so even at the departure gate when one is left only with the last sensory connections with life on earth.

    Extraordinary passage in bringing this incomparable writer into focus.

  2. I have only discovered Lewis lately. American lit was not studied in high school over here – at least not in the 60s! He is strikingly modern and has a canny way of delving into the inner life of his protagonists – of the sometimes chaotic emotional responses we have to the big issues in our lives while to all appearances we are in control.

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