28 MAY 1921, Page 21

Main Street. By Sinclair Lewis. (Hodder and Stoughton. 8s. 6d.

net.)—The story of a city girl's struggle to adapt herself to the conditions of life as the wife of a doctor in a small town- ship in the Middle West. The author's detailed analysis of Carol Kennicott's mental cutlook and of her determined effort to preserve her own integrity while surrendering to the general demands of the life she had chcsen—to conform without being transformed—is a fine piece of work and stamped with the quality of understanding. The measure of Carol's success the reader must discover for himself, but before he reaches that point Main Street, Gopher Prairie, will have become a real place to him, and its denizens, pleasant and unpleasant, real people.