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Babbitt (1922)

by Sinclair Lewis

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Babbitt is the middle-class, average-American protagonist of this novel. Though he conforms to society and attempts to scale the social ladder, Babbit gradually becomes dissatisfied with the American Dream. He branches out to test other, more rebellious ways of life. He returns to where he began, disillusioned with the equally rigid standards he has found among the non-conformists, though still holding an openness to individuality in his heart.… (more)
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He def wanted to elope to Maine w/ Paulibus. ( )
  k6gst | Dec 27, 2023 |
A biting satire of conformity in the 1920s United States. Good, and a strong conclusion even, but I thought Main Street was a better book. ( )
  Gypsy_Boy | Aug 26, 2023 |
mean-spirited ( )
  ddjohnson1 | Aug 14, 2023 |
I recall really liking this story of a not so honest businessman and husband. It was good to know where the word 'babbitt' came from and an exciting read from the high school library. ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 13, 2023 |
This fiction novel was written over 100 years ago and portrays American history during the prohibition. George Babbit is a real estate agent who is in a conservative group of society. He briefly turns liberal after his friend goes to jail for shooting his wife. George’s rebellion is ended during the event of his wife having surgery for appendicitis. The story ends with George siding with his son who eloped and decides to drop out of college to become a mechanic. George states that he recognizes that his son is doing what he wants to do and not being bullied into adhering to others expectations. I believe this is the take home message. ( )
  GlennBell | Jun 1, 2023 |
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Sinclair Lewisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bródy, DaisyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dospevska, NeliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krauss, KennethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robles Pazos, JoséTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
When Sinclair Lewis published Main Street in 1920, he was the author of four inconsequential novels that had appeared over the preceding six years. (Introduction)
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Babbitt is the middle-class, average-American protagonist of this novel. Though he conforms to society and attempts to scale the social ladder, Babbit gradually becomes dissatisfied with the American Dream. He branches out to test other, more rebellious ways of life. He returns to where he began, disillusioned with the equally rigid standards he has found among the non-conformists, though still holding an openness to individuality in his heart.

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