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Old 01-31-2012, 06:24 AM   #1
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Tarkington, Booth: The Turmoil (Illustrated). v1, 31 January 2012

A novel in the tradition of those of Sherwood Anderson and Sinclair Lewis, The Turmoil is set in what was once a small, quiet city - never named but closely resembling the author's hometown of Indianapolis - that has been rapidly transformed into a bustling, money-making nest of competitors overrun by "the worshippers of Bigness." The Turmoil tells the intertwined stories of the Sheridans, whose integrity wanes as their wealth increases, and the Vertrees, who remain noble but impoverished. Linked by a romance between a Sheridan son and a Vertrees daughter, the story of the two families provides a dramatic view of what America was like on the verge of industrialization. (source: Goodreads)

This is the first volume in Tarkington's "Growth" trilogy (3rd volume NOT availble from Project Gutenberg, but is available to borrow from OpenLibrary [affiliated with Internet Archive].)

Not sure if I categorized this correctly, it is Historical Fiction, in that it snapshots a period in early 1900"s.

I really enjoyed the dry humor in this book. One of my favorite lines--- When the young protaganist, returning home after a lengthy hospital stay, is asked if he needs help getting into the car:
“Oh no,” said Bibbs. “I’m alive.” And after a fit of panting subsequent to his climbing into the car unaided, he added, “Of course, I have to _tell_ people!”

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