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Author Name:    Christopher Morley

Title:   Parnassus on Wheels

Size:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   Used - Good

Jacket Condition:   No Jacket

Publisher:    Lippincott 1955

ISBN Number:   B0006AU6IK

Seller ID:   34254

No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Gently read. No DJ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 'This book is a “perfect storm” book for me. What does that mean? It means that I connected to this material on a variety of levels. Like most readers, I like a great story – this is one. I have a soft spot for books about books and book love. Something in my heart responds to any story that features a gypsy caravan [“Danny the Champion of the World,” “Patience and Sarah,” “The Family under the Bridge”…]. Finally, the subject of middle aged angst and the fantasy of being able to chuck it all and take to the open road in some grand adventure. “Parnassus on Wheels” mixes all those elements together. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of its publication. Roger Mifflin is a traveling salesman circa 1917. He roams New England in a gypsy caravan selling books. He’s decided to sell his little mobile enterprise. He thinks he’s found a buyer when he meets Helen McGill – a 39 year old spinster living with her brother. Mifflin thought McGill’s brother might like to buy him out, but it is Helen who cast fortune to the wind. Together she and Mifflin set off on the open road and along their way they encounter adventure and romance, and we (the readers) get to learn Mifflin’s philosophies on life and books. This book is a lark and an idyll. It’s escapist literature. In my mind I have established a village populated with my favorite characters from all the books I’ve read. Roger and Helen live there and their haunted bookshop (Parnassus at Home) is right on Main Street.' -- I. Sondel


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