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Sinclair Lewis: Babbit (EBook, 2005, eBooksLib)


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Published Nov. 8, 2005 by eBooksLib.

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The towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods. They were neither citadels nor churches, but frankly and beautifully office-buildings.

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My favorite Lewis that I’ve read so far. Outstanding.

Lewis speaks profoundly to how middle-class life with its trappings of materialism, social conformity, and diligent work can provoke an existential crisis in even its most fervent adherents. George F. Babbitt is a middle-aged, successful real estate agent. He lives in an affluent suburb of “Zenith,” an on-the-rise Ohio city. Although he engages in graft and corruption occasionally to make deals, he generally sees himself as respectable and moral. He belongs to numerous organizations, such as the Elk Lodge and the Athletic Club. (As a brief aside, it is interesting to see how dated volunteerism is in the United States now. One could not really see a novel published in 2021 depicting a character who belongs to numerous fraternal and social organizations, something that Tocqueville called a staple of the American identity in the 1830s).

However, Babbitt is plagued by a …

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