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Parnassus on Wheels (1917)

af Christopher Morley

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Parnassus on Wheels is a novel by Christopher Morley, published in 1917. The Parnassus of the title refers to the mountain that was the home of the Muses in Greek mythology. In the story, Roger Mifflin sells his traveling bookshop to Helen McGill, who tires of looking after Andrew, her ailing brother. Christopher Morley later continued the story of Roger Mifflin in his 1919 novel The Haunted Bookshop.

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    84, Charing Cross Road af 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.… (mere)
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    Off in Zora: A Modern-Day Tale of a Traveling Bookseller af 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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A delightful little tale. ( )
  c.archer | Jul 1, 2024 |
This little novella (with a main character named Helen!) was the perfect nugget to finish off my 2023 reading.

At just 142 pages I could have finished in one sitting had I started earlier in the day.

This is a sweet and funny story about a traveling bookseller, the woman he sells his portable bookshop to, and the many zany adventures they have in their first few days together.

Absolutely charming. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Fantastically fun and witty adventure! Great read! ( )
  classyhomemaker | Dec 11, 2023 |
I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much. It’s written in a loping, laconic style reminiscent of Mark Twain, yet makes a serious point: good books should not be embalmed in five-foot shelves nor be the exclusive preserve of an urban, educated elite.
That, at any rate, is the conviction of Roger Mifflin, a short, bald, red-bearded firebrand who peddles books with missionary zeal from a horse-drawn wagon on rural backroads up and down the east coast. There’s an ironic twist to this democratic vision, though: he once lectured in Camden, N. J., where he maintained that Tennyson was a greater poet than Whitman (the poet who lived in their midst).
Yet Mifflin is afflicted by loneliness and decides to sell out to the author he admires most, Andrew McGill, a rustic rhapsodist modeled on “David Grayson” (the pseudonym of Roy Stannard Baker). He pulls up at McGill’s farm, and to prevent this, McGill’s sister and housekeeper Helen purchases the rig herself and sets off with Mifflin on the first adventure of her life.
So what is a good book? Let Helen tell us: “A good book ought to have something simple about it. And, like Eve, it ought to come from somewhere near the third rib: there ought to be a heart beating in it. A story that’s all forehead doesn’t amount to much.” That may not be the last word on the subject, but it’s a pretty good one. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Aug 17, 2023 |
Well that was just about perfect. ( )
  beentsy | Aug 12, 2023 |
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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."
"That's what this country needs -- more books!"
"Talkers never write. They go on talking."
A good book ought to have something simple about it. And, like Eve, it ought to come from somewhere near the third rib: there ought to be a heart beating in it. A story that's all forehead doesn't amount to much.
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Parnassus on Wheels is a novel by Christopher Morley, published in 1917. The Parnassus of the title refers to the mountain that was the home of the Muses in Greek mythology. In the story, Roger Mifflin sells his traveling bookshop to Helen McGill, who tires of looking after Andrew, her ailing brother. Christopher Morley later continued the story of Roger Mifflin in his 1919 novel The Haunted Bookshop.

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