The Trail of the Hawk: a Comedy of the Seriousness of Life

Sinclair LEWIS (1885 - 1951)

Trail of the Hawk, narrated by Mike Vendetti aka Miketheauctioneer, is Sinclair Lewis’ second novel published under his own name. It was not at the time of release a smashing success as his later works, Babbitt, Elmer Gantry, and others, but his style and immense talent are certainly evident.

We travel with The Hawk, or Carl Ericson, son of Norwegian immigrants, born at the end of the 19th century through the first three adventurous periods of the young man’s life. We see him as an adventurous boy, running away with Gertie Cowels, the girl that lives in the big house in the better part of town, only to be rescued by Bone Stillman, a backwoods philosopher and influence on Carl.

We travel with him as he leaves his childhood, Gertie and Joralemon behind, for a short attempt at higher education, then to pursue the hobo life, a Bowery bartender, an engineer in Panama and an aviator. It is during the aviator phase that he becomes Hawk Ericson barnstorming his way across America, an exciting but dangerous lifestyle. Leaving aviation after too many close calls, and the loss of his best friend, he becomes an automobile man, and moves into phase three.

It is in phase three, love adventure, that we find The Hawk in New York, mingling with polite society quite by accident. He is smitten by Ruth Winslow, while riding on a streetcar after a fight with Gertie, and follows Ruth to a party which he crashes.

I truly enjoyed narrating this novel, and believe the listener will enjoy it, a trip into post Victorian, pre Jazz Age America.
(Summary by Mike Vendetti)

Genre(s): Published 1900 onward

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 1 John W. Michaels
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Play 02 02 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 2 John W. Michaels
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Play 03 03 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 3 John W. Michaels
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Play 04 04 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 4 John W. Michaels
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Play 05 05 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 5 John W. Michaels
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Play 06 06 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 6 John W. Michaels
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Play 07 07 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 7 John W. Michaels
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Play 08 08 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 8 John W. Michaels
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Play 09 09 - Part I The Adventure of Yourh Ch 9 John W. Michaels
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Play 10 10 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 10 John W. Michaels
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Play 11 11 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 11 John W. Michaels
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Play 12 12 - Part I The Adventure of Youth Ch 12 John W. Michaels
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Play 13 13 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 13 John W. Michaels
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Play 14 14 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 14 John W. Michaels
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Play 15 15 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 15 John W. Michaels
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Play 16 16 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 16 John W. Michaels
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Play 17 17 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 17 John W. Michaels
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Play 18 18 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 18 John W. Michaels
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Play 19 19 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 19 John W. Michaels
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Play 20 20 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 20 John W. Michaels
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Play 21 21 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 21 John W. Michaels
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Play 22 22 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 22 John W. Michaels
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Play 23 23 - Part II The Adventure of Adventuring Ch 23 John W. Michaels
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Play 24 24 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 24 John W. Michaels
00:13:20
Play 25 25 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 25 John W. Michaels
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Play 26 26 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 26 John W. Michaels
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Play 27 27 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 27 John W. Michaels
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Play 28 28 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 28 John W. Michaels
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Play 29 29 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 29 John W. Michaels
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Play 30 30 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 30 John W. Michaels
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Play 31 31 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 31 John W. Michaels
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Play 32 32 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 32 John W. Michaels
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Play 33 33 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 33 John W. Michaels
00:30:35
Play 34 34 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 34 John W. Michaels
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Play 35 35 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 35 John W. Michaels
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Play 36 36 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 36 John W. Michaels
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Play 37 37 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 37 John W. Michaels
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Play 38 38 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 38 John W. Michaels
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Play 39 39 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 39 John W. Michaels
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Play 40 40 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 40 John W. Michaels
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Play 41 41 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 41 John W. Michaels
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Play 42 42 - Part III The Adventure of Love Ch 42 John W. Michaels
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