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Parnassus on Wheels (1917)

av Christopher Morley

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Serier: Roger Mifflin (1)

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Parnassus on wheels is the story of a marvelous man, small in stature, wiry as a cat, yet Olympic in personality. Roger Mifflin is part pixie, part sage, part noble savage, and all God's creature. With his traveling book wagon named Parnassus, he moves through the New England countryside of 1915 on an itinerant mission of enlightenment. Mifflin's delight in books and authors (if not publishers) is infectious. With his singular philosophy and bright eyes, he comes to represent the heart and soul of the book world.… (mer)
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    84, Charing Cross Road av Helene Hanff (bookwoman247)
    bookwoman247: If you are charmed by Parnassus, you will also be charmed by this non-fiction account of the friendship between a New York writer and the manager of a London bookshop, begun in the years just after the war and carried on for 20 - 30 years through letters.… (mer)
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    Off in Zora: A Modern-Day Tale of a Traveling Bookseller av Alan Armstrong (benjclark)
    benjclark: "Because Parnassus on Wheels was read aloud to him as a boy, Alan Armstrong always imagined himself as a Merchant Adventurer dealing in books...." - back blurb.
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Short and sweet. A spinster buys a horse-drawn library to escape her hum-drum life. Adventure ensues and turns out a shared love of books turns into a love story. Old-fashioned without being stodgy, it's got a little bit of a twinkle in the telling. This one's a charmer.

Credit where it's due: I heard about this on a recent episode of What Should I Read Next. ( )
  angiestahl | Apr 18, 2021 |
I forgot I had read this book until I just ran across a Morley quote. Morley is one of those guys I would like to read more of. His stories are just literary enough to whet my academic appetite while retaining enjoyable plots and character development. ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 17, 2020 |
This was an absolutely charming book. I loved the story of Helen McGill and the Professor. It was just so cute and adorable and I just fell in love with it. I can't wait to read Haunted Bookshop. I loved the idea of setting off across the countryside selling books to people. I thought that Helen and the professor had an adorable romance. This is one of the ways that I can tell a classic that stands the test of time - that no matter how long ago it was written, I don't get frustrated by the language or the concepts of the time, I'm still captivated by the story. And this one captivated me. I read it in one sitting and wish there was more.

On a side but related note, this book is part of Melville House's The Art of the Novella series. It's a beautifully made book with a great cover that is so nice. It makes me want to collect the entire series. I did scan through the listing in the back and there are a number of them I will buy. ( )
  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
Plain and simple, this book is about the love of reading and the joy of giving it to others.

Helen McGill was convinced by her brother to abandon life in the city and join him on a rural farm. They were happy then she remembers, until her brother decided to write a book about their experience and the pleasures of the "simple" life. Since literary fame came to him, Helen finds herself forced to do more of the work around the farm and sees no way out. No way out, that is, until the arrival of Roger Mifflin and his "Parnassus on Wheels", a mobile bookstore which he soon sells to Helen.

Helen happily leaves, leaving the farm to be taken care of (or not) by her often-absent brother. Mifflin travels with her for a time to teach her the trade before settling down himself to write "the" book he's long dreamed of.

This is a short book and a whole lot of fun. Over a hundred years after publication, this book will ring true to booksellers and other book lovers. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Apr 29, 2019 |
An easy read and and what might be called a "gentle read." A fun book for bibliophles. ( )
  zappbabbit | Jan 31, 2019 |
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"Lord!" he said, "when you sell a man a book you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night—there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean. Jimmy! If I were the baker or the butcher or the broom huckster, people would run to the gate when I came by—just waiting for my stuff. And here I go loaded with everlasting salvation—yes, ma'am, salvation for their little, stunted minds—and it's hard to make 'em see it."
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Parnassus on wheels is the story of a marvelous man, small in stature, wiry as a cat, yet Olympic in personality. Roger Mifflin is part pixie, part sage, part noble savage, and all God's creature. With his traveling book wagon named Parnassus, he moves through the New England countryside of 1915 on an itinerant mission of enlightenment. Mifflin's delight in books and authors (if not publishers) is infectious. With his singular philosophy and bright eyes, he comes to represent the heart and soul of the book world.

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