Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

A screenwriter makes a pitch:

Parnassus on Wheels is the story of itinerant book sellers wrapped around a romance between an overweight domestic goddess and a pugnacious leprechaun. We’re thinking Hattie Jacques:

And Robin Cook as the book-peddler:

We’ve got George Roy Hill to direct. Who? He did Garp, he does great sweet and cutesy.

Apologies for my lack of romance, but I found this story mawkish (a splendid Norse word, with its origins in the obsolete mawk ‘maggot’). In other circumstances I’d have thrown the book aside, twenty pages in, once the curiosity about the book wagon was satisfied.

Please read Frances’s sensible post about this book.

[Read as part of Frances’s and Melville House’s The Art of the Novella Reading Challenge.]

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