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"There is a fertile stretch of flat lands in Indiana where unagarian Eastern travelers, glancing from car windows, shudder and return their eyes to interior upholstery, preferring even the swaying caparisons of a Pullman to the monotony without."
- Booth Tarkington, who was born on this date in 1869

Echoes of sentiments expressed by my narrator in Wheatyard, though those were about Central Illinois, which has very similar terrain. I've never read Tarkington, but I think I'll add The Magnificent Ambersons to my Summer of Classics longlist for next year.

July 29, 2011 in Books, Wheatyard | Permalink


Tarkington won the Pulitzer twice, but he's pretty dated anymore. I'd recommend his novel Alice Adams (but not the movie version).

Driving across Kansas makes me grateful for audio books.

Posted by: Paul at Jul 29, 2011 1:51:55 PM