Cover art: Variable Skies - Medina, Ohio ©1992 Charles Basham; (P)1995 Audio Bookshelf
"...a panorama, with souls instead of trees, with minds instead of houses." (Chicago Daily News, 1919)
For all the help he gave Hemingway in getting started in Paris the first book Hemingway wrote was "Torrents of Spring," a biting, although not particularly good, sartire of Anderson. Hemingway wrote it in a few weeks. The fact it is a rarity doesn't mean it's worth tracking down. Anderson, like Sinclair Lewis, was not one of the fashionable writers after the "lost generation" took center stage in 20th century American literature. Perhaps their topics were too simple, with common place characters. They struggle but few of them bleed or die as the other writers would have them. No, this isn't a great novel but in the history of the budding American novel of the early 20th century novel it is still worth reading, my rating not withstanding.
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