Arrowsmith

Sinclair Lewis E.L. Doctorow

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Arrowsmith Originally published in after three years of anticipation the book follows the life of Martin Arrowsmith a rather ordinary fellow who gets his first taste of medicine at as an assistant to

  • Title: Arrowsmith
  • Author: Sinclair Lewis E.L. Doctorow
  • ISBN: 9780451526915
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Originally published in 1925, after three years of anticipation, the book follows the life of Martin Arrowsmith, a rather ordinary fellow who gets his first taste of medicine at 14 as an assistant to the drunken physician in his home town.It is Leora Tozer who makes Martin s life extraordinary With vitality and love, she urges him beyond the confines of the mundane to risOriginally published in 1925, after three years of anticipation, the book follows the life of Martin Arrowsmith, a rather ordinary fellow who gets his first taste of medicine at 14 as an assistant to the drunken physician in his home town.It is Leora Tozer who makes Martin s life extraordinary With vitality and love, she urges him beyond the confines of the mundane to risk answering his true calling as a scientist and researcher Not even her tragic death can extinguish her spirit or her impact on Martin s life.After years of work as a small town doctor and a research scientist, Arrowsmith heads for the West Indies with a serum to halt an epidemic A tragic turn of events forces him to come to terms with his career and his personal life.As the son and grandson of physicians, Sinclair Lewis had a store of experiences and imparted knowledge to draw upon for Arrowsmith.

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    1. Lobstergirl on said:

      I feel like I should be given a reward for making it through this, one of the most boring novels I've ever read. Maybe a coupon for a free pair of shoes, or a fruit basket. Every page was sheer torture. No plot point, no character, no line of dialogue, was interesting. Not one sentence glimmered or sparkled with the suggestion: this writer is prizeworthy.When you consider two other American works published this same year that could have won the Pulitzer - The Great Gatsby and An American Tragedy [...]

    2. Judy on said:

      Sinclair Lewis refused to accept the Pulitzer Prize for this extraordinary novel, but don't refuse the opportunity to read it. Lewis writes with devastating precision, creativity, and wicked humor, while skewering the abundant egotism, vanity, greed and self-aggrandizement he finds in his fellow human beings. This novel follows Dr. Martin Arrowsmith from small Midwest town (the setting of most of Lewis' works) in "medic" school through his career, during which he is constantly challenged to bala [...]

    3. Tyler on said:

      What a premise for a book: A young man falls in love, not just with a young woman, but with a quest. This is the passion that infuses Arrowsmith. How the author was able to put blood into such an idea explains in part the Pulitzer prize.The other part that explains the award is that the book is a good read. Covering the nearly 20 years during which a student (and later researcher) learns to embrace his life's calling, the plot never stalls. The constant motion guides us along with Martin Arrowsm [...]

    4. Scott on said:

      I just finished this novel earlier today. I was blown away. In her book, The Art of Fiction, Ayn Rand refers to this work by Sinclair Lewis often. She compares it to The Fountainhead a number of times, and rightly so. Martin Arrowsmith is much like Howard Roark in many ways, though Roark had more integrity. Martin seemed so much more human than Roark though. There are times that all idealists fall short from their way of life. Martin sells out a few time in this story, but it makes his character [...]

    5. Chrissie on said:

      First of all let me state, I preferred Main Street. This was a disappointment even if it started out good. I do like the clever lines filled with sardonic humor, but they wore thin after a while. You must listen carefully or you may not catch the implied criticism. The book is too long, and it is repetitive. A message is delivered, but that message is said over and over again. The central focus is upon those in the medical profession. The author is stating that many are (view spoiler)[more inter [...]

    6. Lyn on said:

      When I read this book, it started my love for Sinclair Lewis. He is, as far as I'm concerned, the Charles Dickens of the US. This book is about a young man who experiences disappointments and disillusionment in his life on his way to a career that he believes he wants.

    7. Elizabeth (Alaska) on said:

      I can't quite put my finger on why I was so lukewarm on this. Nothing was awful, but, frankly, I can't find anything to praise either. I don't know how long Sinclair Lewis took to write it. Martin Arrowsmith has several stages in his life, and the writing itself seems to change with it. I don't think that was intentional, just, perhaps, that Lewis improved as he went along. The prose never does get excellent, just that it improves.I have a couple of other quibbles. In the earlier stages mid-west [...]

    8. Laura on said:

      Free download available at Faded Page.This work is in the Canadian public domain, but may be under copyright in some countries. If you live outside Canada, check your country's copyright laws. IF THE BOOK IS UNDER COPYRIGHT IN YOUR COUNTRY, DO NOT DOWNLOAD OR REDISTRIBUTE THIS FILE.

    9. Blaine DeSantis on said:

      For me, this book was a major disappointment. Love Sinclair Lewis, heck I named my dog Babbitt in honor of his book by the same name. But Arrowsmith left me cold. It won the Pulitzer Prize and for what reason I cannot tell. I, personally, think it as for his body of work instead of this individual book.To me the book should have been titled, Arrowsmith: A Good Life Wasted. The book has one redeeming character, Arrowsmith's wife, Leora, who sticks with him through good and bad, and always is at h [...]

    10. Jeremy on said:

      This author, in this novel, is to me a clear inheritor of Mark Twain's satirical bite and sheer funniness. The prose is not an aesthetic rival for Gatsby or Absalom but it's not trying for arresting style: it's trying for snappy directness and it glides along like Twain at his best, or Dickens in Pickwick. I'm stunned by some of the reviews here. Lewis was clearly a sharp comedian and a relentless critic of American society as it was (and basically still is), and in this novel is a rival for Bab [...]

    11. Kane Faucher on said:

      Arrowsmith poses the perennial problem (perhaps that reaches back as far as the Greeks in terms of the sophists): do we follow the noble path of our profession and engage it purely without chasing after fame and comfort, or do we compromise and embrace the commercialist perspective? For love or money? Unlike Lewis' other books, with the exception of 'It Can't Happen Here', we have a heroic (albeit stumbling, oscillating) character. Not endowed with the wisdom and certainty of position like Dorem [...]

    12. Dorie on said:

      I loved this book, because I just adore the main character, Martin Arrowsmith. I was skeptical because of the length of this novel, but after reading this, I would not edit one word. The life of this would be biochemist is tough, yet touching. I enjoy Sinclair Lewis style and prose. Great story. Recommend!

    13. D.H. Jonathan on said:

      It took me forever to finish this book, but of course, I experienced some of life's upheavals since starting it. It was a fascinating study of a man struggling to devote his life to science, with his failures and his successes. It was more intellectually stimulating rather than emotionally engaging, although one event did cause me a great deal of sympathy for Dr. Arrowsmith. But I won't spoil it for anyone

    14. Shane on said:

      I can understand why this novel was so important at the time, for it brought out the conflicts between public and private healthcare, between discovery and commercial exploitation, and between researcher and healer.Arrowsmith, a product of rural mid-west America, is the quintessential scientist, content to shun the pleasures and riches of the world and be sequestered in his laboratory unravelling the secrets of major epidemics. Only the love of his life, Leora, who faithfully and tragically foll [...]

    15. Elizabeth on said:

      In an interview recently, Abraham Verghese (a prominent doctor/writer) cited Arrowsmith as one of the books that people often say inspired them to be physicians. (His personal inspiration was the novel "Of Human Bondage.") When I first started Arrowsmith, it was hard to see how its satirical tone and waffling main character could possibly "inspire" anyone. And in fact, Martin Arrowsmith doesn't end up being a physician, per se, at all. His real passion is research science, and the overarching co [...]

    16. Phrodrick on said:

      Sinclair Lewis’s Arrowsmith was something of a break through novel. It is considered the first novel to directly address science and medicine as a plot driver. It is also a character study but of a particular kind of person. Not just a scientist, or a medical practitioner, but a person with an avocation. Lewis allows us to mature with a very believable, flawed human as he acts as a common, every-man finding and facing his destiny. Martin Arrowsmith Is not an out sized hero. He is someone rathe [...]

    17. ALLEN on said:

      I've been meaning to review ARROWSMITH after my second reading, when I experienced it with a group here at GR. In my opinion, this is one well-put-together realistic novel. After the satires of MAIN STREET and BABBITT, Sinclair Lewis wrote ARROWSMITH (1925), in part, to prove that he did not "lack spiritual gifts." It's also meticulously well-researched, based in no small part on the fact that Lewis's father was a "country doctor" - a plain g.p. It's long and involved, but the story of how Marti [...]

    18. Ted on said:

      It will be removed from my shelves today to make room for others. Still hoping to read other S. Lewis works. Still an attachment to him from where I grew upI am sorry to admit that this is one of the two books I have read by Lewis, especially so since I grew up about 30 miles from Sauk Centre Minnesota, where he was born and raised. (The other book by him that I've read is It Can't Happen Here, which unfortunately seems more plausibly prophetic as time goes on.)Perhaps I will have the opportunit [...]

    19. Bet on said:

      This is a broad, I mean really broad, satire of America. Lewis must have been a disillusioned, even bitter, man, but the humor is priceless. I read it for my Classics Book Group and am glad I did. There are many issues worth discussing.

    20. Hadrian on said:

      The fictional life and growth of a doctor. A lot of the details still apply, and I know many doctors with similar anecdotes. A fine portrait of medical live in service to others.

    21. WK on said:

      No wonder this is considered "Great Literature". Truly moving, well worth the time it takes to read.

    22. Kelly ... on said:

      This is my first read of a Sinclair Lewis novel but it will not be the last. It is seriously funny, sarcastic, smart and biting. I like the way Lewis writes. His protagonist was a bit of a joke he seemed to think more of himself than anyone else thought of him (even the reader). And it made the book so good! Following Arrowsmith as he moved many, many times in his pursuit of what he called science but what seemed to be more about ego and acceptance was a really fun experience. And, although Arr [...]

    23. Leslie on said:

      Sinclair Lewis was a great observer of human nature. Although Arrowsmith is less satirical than I remember Babbitt being, his two dimensional characterizations are penetrating: they pull out the essential features of recognizable types. Under his critical eye, the honest fare best, whether they are lazy, or obtusely passionate, or otherwise not entirely commendable. And he doesn't collapse his protagonists into two-dimensionality. Martin Arrowsmith loves his wife Leora and neglects her to his wo [...]

    24. Ernst Hafen on said:

      What a superb novel describing the life, passions and anxieties of a person striving to be a true scientist. Not only does is provide insight into scientific discoveries in the pre-antibiotic years of the early 20th century, it also provides a fascinating and colourful picture of life, family, love and emerging business at this time. Each of the figures becomes alive. Leora, Martin Arrowsmith's first wife and love of his life, is careless in her appearance but has the uncanny ability to accept p [...]

    25. Yacoob on said:

      Lewis je pro mě jedním z objevů posledních let, v podstatě co jsem četl, to bylo dobré. Arrowsmithovi dávám o hvězdičku míň, protože: 1) Babbitt je zkrátka ještě lepší, 2) téma smrtící epidemie a souvisejících existenciálních otázek zpracoval lépe Camus, 3) podle mě kreslí až příliš zidealizovanou postavu vědce jako spasitele lidstva a dokonalý prototyp člověka, 4) popisuje zoufale stereotypně ženské postavy. I tak se mi to ale fakt líbilo, zejména prvn [...]

    26. Mary on said:

      I understand the awarding of the Pulitzer for this novel, and I also understand the difficulty the modern reader faces in reading it. Language and literature from a hundred years ago are different from that of today. Sinclair Lewis' targets, however, are just as prevalent now as then. It just requires more concentration on the reader's part to stick with Martin Arrowsmith since Lewis had a co-writer for the scientific sections. I read it for a series of discussions about science in literature.

    27. Sarah Boyle on said:

      I went into this novel optimistically, as Sinclair Lewis was the very first writer to ever win a Nobel Prize in literature, but I found it to be a bit disappointing. I did have to read this 450-page book in less than a week for a seminar on the history of doctoring in the United States, which may have contributed to my lack of enthusiasm for it. This is a dense book that outlines Martin Arrowsmith's work as a medical practitioner in the early 20th century in excruciating detail (although I wasn' [...]

    28. Rajesh CNB on said:

      Sinclair Lewis has created Arrowsmith as a Journey from imperfection to perfection. And he ends the story as though he has left the trail, parted with dear Dr. Martin Arrowsmith and the rest of the community, but their journey would go on. There is no glorious victory of the good over evil. There is no hero who wins over the nin existent villain. There's just Arrowsmith and Terry working on their quinine and perfecting their technique. There's just all the others whose life simply moves forward [...]

    29. Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma on said:

      I have so many books by Sinclair Lewis. The first book of his that I read was Elmer Gantry. I liked it. Mr. Lewis has a very different style of writing. In his first novel he dwelled on the hypocrisy of the so called christian. In this book, he looks at the medical profession and what motivates people. Martin Arrowsmith, who starts of as a medical student symbolizes the opposite of commercial medicine. He develops his views earlier on in his university days. Most of his views are, however, in co [...]

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