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Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

Parnassus on Wheels (1917)

by Christopher Morley

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Series: Roger Mifflin (1)

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    84, Charing Cross Road by 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.… (more)
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    Off in Zora: A Modern-Day Tale of a Traveling Bookseller by 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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What an unexpected delight this turned out to be. Might just be my favorite book about books. (After The Book Thief of course.) ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
Liked this one a lot, as I remember. It was actually kind of funny. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Delightful! Such a cute, sweet story that is full of surprises beginning to end. It is littered with perfect quotes and insights for the book lover as well. ( )
  jonesfamily08 | Jun 1, 2016 |
“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 humor and ships at sea by night - there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean.”

What a delightful little humorous gem. About a traveling book-salesman, Roger Mifflin, who sells his “business” - an old horse-driven carriage with a lot of books - to 39-year-old Helen McGill - she buys it on a whim partly because she’s tired of taking care of her older brother, Andrew. Off she goes on an adventure of her life - and why not some romance along the way?

This short novel is crammed with life wisdom - mostly delivered by the wonderful Roger Mifflin.

“Oh, silly woman! Leave your stove, your pots and pans and chores, even if only for one day! Come out and see the sun in the sky and the river in the distance!” ( )
2 vote ctpress | May 24, 2016 |
What a delightful little book! It really speaks to the ways in which a love of literature can bring joy. A lonely middle-aged woman meets a man driving a traveling bookstore cart, and undertakes a great adventure. It's short, sweet, and quite feminist (considering it was published in 1917)! ( )
  BooksForYears | Mar 31, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Morley, Christopherprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cárdenas Cerón, Juan SebastiánTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cárdenas, Juan SebastiánTraductorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cárdenas, Juan SebastiánTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gorsline, Douglas W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sebastián Cárdenas, JuanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sebastián Cárdenas, JuanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

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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.… (more)

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