Parnassus on Wheels is Books This is a pilot for a new feel good tv series Opening Credits It is a glorious morning on a deserted track somewhere in the rural Midwest Rolling on the lane is a long g
Parnassus on Wheels is Books This is a pilot for a new feel-good tv series:Opening Credits: It is a glorious morning on a deserted track somewhere in the rural Midwest. Rolling on the lane is a long gypsy-type wagon being pulled by a great big horse. On the open seat up front holding the reins is a cheery man of middle years with kind brown eyes who is laughing gently in a conversational kind of way with a fat, rather plain but very jolly lady. They are wearing clothes of the era when cars and wagons shared the roads, 1917.Introduction:The woman and her older brother have been happily managing their isolated farm together until the brother publishes a book and its success makes him uppity in the extreme. While he swans around being famous, she is left at home running the farm. This is seriously annoying his sister.A travelling salesmen, selling books, comes to her door saying he is not just selling books but also his travelling bookstore. He wonders if her brother, the famous author, be interested in buying it? He wants to leave bookselling to go back to the city to write his book. He shows her his wonderful, magical wagon full of all the necessities for life on the road and shelves and shelves of books. She jumps at the chance and deciding to spend her life savings and take over the business herself. So leaving a note for her brother telling him to look after himself, she closes the front door behind her, jumps on to the seat next to the bookseller and off they go.Further scenes in the first episodeMuch dialogue between the bookseller and the spinster laying out the history of their lives. He is a city man, a professor who wants to write a book. He is passionate about the ability of books to change lives for the better. She's a bit of a disappointed spinster who counts her successes in hens' eggs laid and wholesome loaves baked.Scenes include:1. Making the first sale.2. The caravan being stolen and the bookseller turns out to be handy with his fists.3. Drama over the cheque for payment being cancelled by the pissed-off brother.3. A bank scene, an arrest, and a false imprisonment.The denoumentLove. The stranger with a get-out-of-jail-free-card. The inevitable marriage and then the final winning over the brother. All say ahhhhh.Can't you just see it? It was just made for tv. The late Mike Landon would have been perfect casting.Brilliant, lovely, heart-warming book. Beautifully-written without any suspense at all. Each rather obvious episode gives warning of what is to come next and the whole thing unfolds in a pastoral, slower-times, comfy, apple-pie kind of way. A nice book to read curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea or a hot toddy to hand and nothing to do for hours and hours.Rewritten 24 August 2013. I warn you, said the funny looking little man with the red beard, I m here to sell this caravan of culture, and by the bones of Swinburne I think your brother s the man to buy it Christopher Morley s unforgettably weird classic tale of adventure on a traveling bookstore called Parnassus, drawn by a steed called Pegasus Not to be missed.. A viral Ebook Parnassus on Wheels This is an old-fashioned, sweet novella published in 1917, about a self-described "fat old woman" (she's only 39) who's never done anything but work as a governess and, later, cook and keep house for her bachelor brother, Andrew. Helen is content with her existence until her brother decides to start writing books about the joys of country life (he calls his first book Paradise Regained) and unexpectedly becomes a celebrity author. Suddenly he's a big "literary man," traveling around looking for inspiration for his next book, not helping around the farm, and taking Helen completely for granted. When Roger Mifflin, a short, little balding man with a red beard, drives up to her farmhouse in a horse-drawn wagon filled with books, wondering if her brother might be interested in buying Roger out so he can retire and write a book, that is just the last straw for Helen.So she buys the book wagon herself. Helen writes her brother a flippant good-bye note, and she and Roger take off in Parnassus, the bookmobile. Roger intends to show Helen the ropes for a day and then leave, but it turns out he has a hard time leaving the itinerant bookseller lifestyle behind. Andrew is hopping mad about his sister's shenanigans and is doing his best to throw wrenches into the works. And is that a smidgen of romance in the air?The story is told in a folksy voice. It's simple but filled with gentle humor, and with love for books, and life, and the life that books bring to us.A good book ought to have something simple about it. And, like Eve, it ought to come from somewhere near the third rib: there ought to be a heart beating in it. A story that's all forehead doesn't amount to much.Thanks to Dorcas (my source for many lovely old reads) for the heads up on this one! I love friends who find these obscure older books and review them on Goodreads, so I can go grab them for free on Gutenberg.org or somewhere, and read them myself. Don't let my 3-star rating put you off if this old-fashioned kind of story sounds good to you. It's not a great novel, but it's a fun little blast from the past. Those are affectionate stars that I gave out here, even if there are only three of them.