On the surface, everything is all right with Babbitt’s world of the solid, successful businessman. But in reality, George F. Babbitt is a lonely, middle-aged man. He doesn’t understand his family, has an unsuccessful attempt at an affair, and is almost financially ruined when he dares to voice sympathy for some striking workers. Babbitt finds that his only safety lies deep in the fold of those who play it safe. He is a man who has added a new word to our language: a “Babbitt,” meaning someone who conforms unthinkingly, a sheep.
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“[It is] by its hardness, its efficiency, its compactness that Mr. Lewis’ work excels.” (Virginia Woolf)
It's amazing how times don't change. This book is a great time capsule. To see what things were like during prohibition for the middle class is very interesting. And to see how a middle class person goes through the same cycle generation after generation (with adjustment made for technology) is pretty amazing too. I found myself depressed and trapped in the cycle by the end of the book. It was a good perspective on the life of middle class man. I would only recommend this book to those interested in culture of the time or culture of middle class man in general (not a large number of people in that group).
This book is a satire of middle class American values and prejudices; it is also a story of a midlife crisis of its main protagonist. Although it was written in the 20s, it is still fresh and relevant today. I enjoyed thoroughly.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
What a wonderful read! Despite being written almost a century ago, Sinclair has captured the essence of the American human condition, with humor and clever writing, that holds up so very well in the 21st century!
You will enjoy spending time w/ good ole George and might recognize a bunch of folks you already know!
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