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<div>A professor of English and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Robert E. Fleming is the author of James Weldon Johnson.</div>

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463754906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463754907
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,991,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Davey Jones on August 31, 2012
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This delightful early 20th century precursor of Kerouac's On the Road bounces and jolts with classic ascending comedic triumph. Readers will do well to realize that the Lewis' novel pertains to more than just travel. It deals with social status and part of that comedy revolves around the event of a transcontinental quest. Readers will inevitably cherish Lewis' witty humor throughout and cringe as the hero and heroine face the savage aristocratic brutes of the West Coast.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SimplePleasure on February 23, 2014
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My remembrance of this author is his passion to lubricate American society against the inevitable hardening into caste systems so prevalent in older countries, so common to mankind. The beauty of being American is freedom. The hardest thing about being American is freedom. Free Air instructs through countryside, driving, hostility amid joy, and self reflection. It suggests that we all breath a little deeper, drive a little longer. The author uses simple conversation between his characters and inner confessions of his characters; the effect allows the reader to quickly relate and is a prod towards self-reflection. I needed Milton Daggett. I need the fresh air he and Claire breathed, facing my own little fears in this very hour. Thank you kindly, Mr. Lewis, I needed the pep talk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By COH on August 31, 2012
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I don't even remember how I found this little gem but it is absolutely delightful, like a breath of fresh air. A bit like an old black and white movie, a bit period comedy, poignant, off-beat...and a bit astonishing. When I mentioned it to one of my best and most literate friends, she declared, "I love that book." So read Fresh Air and pass the word on, for no other reason than for a fun change of pace!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on June 26, 2012
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This was my first book by Sinclair Lewis. I found it entertaining, insightful, and hilarious. At times his wordcraft took my breath away. Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Jones on June 28, 2013
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Sinclair Lewis writes in the vernacular of the day when the romance of the automobile and wide open West captured the imagination of many. He focuses here on social strata in conflict with love and romance. This was and enjoyable book, interesting, charming though not tremendously compelling. Definitely a period piece enjoyable for that reason.
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If you are usually a fan of Sinclair Lewis, I need to be up front. This is not one of his best. If you are new to the author, you may want to start with Elmer Gantry, Babbitt, or Main Street. However, if you want to give one of his earlier, more minor works a try, this one isn't awful. I know that isn't exactly a glowing recommendation, but compared to a lot of trash the world has to offer (I'm looking at you, Stephenie Meyer), this really is worth a go. And here's why.

I've gotten into arguments with other readers that Lewis tends to be a bit heavy-handed. He wrote in the same period as other American greats like Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner, though. If you've read any of those, you know that early 20th Century American literature is often plagued with heavy-handedness and "hit you over the head" morality. Let's face it-it was all the rage back then. And it got much worse a couple of decades later (see everything written by John Steinbeck). So take that aspect of it with a grain of salt, okay?

Also keep in mind that this novel was originally written as a serial, so if it seems periodically that you are being steered over a cliff to hang there, there is a reason for that. The original format was to keep the readers coming back for the next installment. So the seams show a little. It is really not all that distracting, and make for a fairly brisk pace and an interesting read.

Now with the negatives out of the way, I can inflate your hopes with a bit of faint praise. Though the characterizations of the main protagonist Claire Boltwood and her love interest Milt Dagget just barely rise from the two-dimensional, the two do have their moments. They seem to grow and mature as the novel progresses, which endears them to the reader.
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This book was great. I love old pulp, especially when it's a wild journey, and this road trip book was a fun and exciting read. I went through a bunch of public domain kindle books just browsing, and I figured I would read a page or two of each to see what caught my attention. This book caught me on the first page.

I'ts very light like others have mentioned, but it does get you thinking about society and lifestyles and how things haven't really changed all that much in almost 100 years. But it's not preachy or slanted either way.

I found a lot of stuff in this book I could relate to, a lot of the feelings and emotions are ones we've all had, and the characters in the book are very relatable. There are some good plot twists and enough danger to keep you on your seat, but this is by no means a "thriller" nor does it try to be.

I love the time period it's set in, and Lewis paints an excellent picture without focusing too much on the details. It's a nice step back into a different time but it's a story that could happen today.

What I liked best about the book was the characters. So many interesting people displayed so well, and the protagonist Milt is salt of the earth, and as likeable as they come.

Going to get the paperback edition of this book and read it again. Definitely worth it!
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