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Our Mr. Wrenn, the Romantic Adventures of a Gentle Man

Sinclair Lewis

Book Overview: 

"At thirty-four Mr. Wrenn was the sales-entry clerk of the Souvenir Company. He was always bending over bills and columns of figures at a desk behind the stock-room. He was a meek little bachelor--a person of inconspicuous blue ready-made suits, and a small unsuccessful mustache." Mr. Wrenn, however has a rich inner life embellished by his own imagination. When he comes into a modest inheritance, he feels he ought to learn to get out and wander a bit, and then his education begins. He finds life more "interesting", perhaps than he had "imagined".

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .onically sneering when calm, was a lean human whip-lash. Pete sniggered. He dilated upon Satan's wrath at Wrennie for not "coming across" with ten dollars for a bribe as he, Pete, had done.

(He lied, of course. And his words have not been given literally. They were not beautiful words.)

McGarver, the straw-boss, would always lie awake to enjoy a good brisk indecent story, but he liked Wrennie's admiration of him, so, lunging with his bull-like head out of his berth, he snorted:

"Hey, you, Pete, it's time to pound your ear. Cut it out."

Wrennie called down, sternly, "I ain't no theological student, Pete, and I don't mind profanity, but I wish you wouldn't talk like a garbage-scow."

"Hey, Poicy, did yuh bring your dictionary?" Pete bellowed to Tim, two feet distant from him. To Wrennie, "Say, Gladys, ain't you afraid one of them long woids like, t'eological,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Oh gee gosh!

This is the first novel I've read from the 1930 American winner of Nobel Prize Literature. I've enjoyed reading it. Mr. Wrenn has been living in the same boarding house during many year and has been working in the same an office clerk position for as many years in a company in NY. One day he receive

The story of a very meek accounting clerk who hates his job and lonely life and dreams of adventure and travel until he receives a modest inheritance. So he quits his job and decides to travel. He hires on to work on a ship that is carrying cattle to get passage to England. Here he discovers that li

One of Lewis's earlier works. Not as good as some of his later, more famous novels, still a nice, light-hearted story. What I love about Lewis's books, most of them anyway, is the period in which they take place.

This book is more than a window intro the minds of the prewar people from 1910's New York and a debut made by Sinclair Lewis, a future Nobel laureate, is also a coming of age story, where the simplicity of the narration cannot hide moments where the description of words unsaid are more revealing tha

I've read and loved all of Lewis' greatest achievement, which is why I sought out this lesser known early novel. Unfortunately, this one just didn't do it for me. While it had some shining moments that foreshadow Lewis' ear for dialogue and social interaction, it's often boring at times. What I like

I gave this book a 5 star because it kept my attention and entertained throughout when I didn't think that was possible. Mr. Wrenn is a Thurber type of character; he dreams of traveling when he has a secure job at an Art Novelty and Souvenir company in New York. Sinclair Lewis is hilarious. Being fr

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