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The Conquest of Canaan Paperback – July 30, 2008
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In both cases, the characters have to leave town and then return to gain their respectability. Joe does this by putting himself through law school, though when he returns he is still looked down upon, and as he usually represents the lower classes and destitute, his reputation does not immediately improve. Ariel goes to Europe with her father after inheriting money, and when she returns she has gained respect by dressing and speaking correctly. In addition, she wins over Joe, who always overlooked Ariel in their childhood, instead he was in love with his neighbor Mamie Pike, the daughter of the judge. As with the others in the town, Joe is entranced by the returning Ariel, and he realizes his mistake when he was younger.Read more ›
I thought this book was fairly dry. There were some interesting parts, but overall, I found it hard to get into. I suspect, Tarkington's early works were not as polished and his older ones.