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Babbitt

Sinclair Lewis

Book Overview: 

Sinclair Lewis’ George F. Babbitt is a complicated and conflicted character. When you think you have his next move figured out he surprises you. As you begin to like him, he does something to evoke the “what a rat” response.

Male menopause wasn’t a pre Great Depression term, but I would say George has all the symptoms. At a pudgy balding forty six he looks at his life, wife, family and business. He sees himself as a pretty successful business man, but when Tanis, the lonely widow has a leaky roof, he sees an opportunity for perhaps a more fulfilling relationship then he has at home. Add to Tanis a foray into radical politics, and we are about to witness an emotional and financial train wreck with Babbitt at the throttle.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .lf why they stuck 'em into an up-to-date high-school system like we have in this state. Be a good deal better if you took Business English, and learned how to write an ad, or letters that would pull. But there it is, and there's no tall, argument, or discussion about it! Trouble with you, Ted, is you always want to do something different! If you're going to law-school—and you are!—I never had a chance to, but I'll see that you do—why, you'll want to lay in all the English and Latin you can get."

"Oh punk. I don't see what's the use of law-school—or even finishing high school. I don't want to go to college 'specially. Honest, there's lot of fellows that have graduated from colleges that don't begin to make as much money as fellows that went to work early. Old Shimmy Peters, that teaches Latin in the High, he's a what-is-it from Columbia and he sits up all night reading a lot of greasy books and he's always spieling about the 'value of lan. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a love/hate thing. In Sinclair Lewis’s previous novel Main Street there is more love than hate and in Babbitt it’s the other way round. He does hate George Babbitt for all his boorishness, his complacency, his wretched kneejerk reactionary rightwing politics, his pallid marriage, his blaring

Babbitt reminds me of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb - we spin a cocoon of "becoming" around ourselves and go about our life...but as time goes by the cocoon is not transformative, but binding. At some point in everyone's life the cocoon of what we wanted to "become" becomes the web that traps who we

بابت

عندما قطعت جائزة نوبل للأدب 1930 م المحيط للمرة الأولى لتذهب لكاتب من العالم الجديد - الأمريكي (سنكلير لويس) – بررت الأكاديمية السويدية هذا الاختيار لسنكلير لويس بأنه لـ"وصفه القوي والتصويري، وقدرته على خلق نوع جديد من الشخصيات بكل طرافة وخفة ظل".

كان هذا الوصف دقيقاً جداً فسنكلير لويس خلق بحلو

من الروايات الكلاسيكية العظيمة جداً بترجمة رصينة وقديرة وروح ساخرة. لا أتذكر رواية انتقدت الرأسمالية الأمريكية وعرتها كهذه الرواية. توصية

(Book 722 From 1001 Books) - Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

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. Bab

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