|03-13-2012, 05:26 AM||#1|
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Tarkington, Booth: The Conquest of Canaan (Illustrated). v1, 13 March 2012
Eighteen-year-old Joe Louden is the town black sheep, disgraced for gambling and general non-conformity. His friend Ariel Tabor is socially snubbed because she is poor and shabby and a tomboy. Both leave Canaan — Joe running away (with seven dollars to his name); Ariel inheriting money and moving to Paris along with her artist grandfather. Both return to Canaan years later — but to very different receptions. Joe, a poor struggling young lawyer, drawing his clientele from the “lower elements,” is still despised by the “upper elements” of the town, particularly leading citizen Judge Pike (Joe still carries a hopeless undeclared love for his daughter Mamie Pike). Several years later, Ariel, now a wealthy chic beauty (and still in love with Joe), returns to a warm welcome, and tries to help Joe in his struggle to win the town’s respect.
Although a number of the characters are painted too much black or white, and conclusions of some of the story lines are too tidy, it is worth a look, if only for the wonderful, typically Tarkington, descriptive passages.
Here are a couple of quotes -- just a taste to nibble:
Eight full-page illustrations. Decorated capitals begin each chapter; I am uploading a second copy with plain caps for readers that don't support "float" images.
|literature, politics, romance, small-town life|
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