Babbitt

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 27, 2007 - Fiction - 464 pages
In the fall of 1920, Sinclair Lewis began a novel set in a fast-growing city with the heart and mind of a small town. For the center of his cutting satire of American business he created the bustling, shallow, and myopic George F. Babbitt, the epitome of middle-class mediocrity. The novel cemented Lewis’s prominence as a social commentator.

Babbitt basks in his pedestrian success and the popularity it has brought him. He demands high moral standards from those around him while flirting with women, and he yearns to have rich friends while shunning those less fortunate than he. But Babbitt’s secure complacency is shattered when his best friend is sent to prison, and he struggles to find meaning in his hollow life. He revolts, but finds that his former routine is not so easily thrown over.
 

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A big DNF for me! I stuck with it for 105 pages of 464, but it was so dry and boring that I'm not going to waste any more time with this book. It is a satire on 1920's American life and the main ... Read full review

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This book is everything I dislike about literary fiction, and yet it's so darn well written I'm giving it four stars, even though I never would have finished the thing if it wasn't for research ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
26
Section 4
42
Section 5
56
Section 6
74
Section 7
100
Section 8
113
Section 19
258
Section 20
275
Section 21
283
Section 22
290
Section 23
296
Section 24
307
Section 25
321
Section 26
330

Section 9
134
Section 10
145
Section 11
161
Section 12
168
Section 13
173
Section 14
194
Section 15
209
Section 16
223
Section 17
234
Section 18
246
Section 27
339
Section 28
349
Section 29
360
Section 30
379
Section 31
392
Section 32
400
Section 33
412
Section 34
423
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About the author (2007)

Richard Lingeman is a senior editor of The Nation. He is the author of Small Town America, a biography of Theodore Dreiser, and Sinclair Lewis: Rebel from Main Street.

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