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Babbitt (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    Woes of the Elite Life

    Babbitt is a story satirizing the fanciful, ridiculously materialistic lifestyle of an affluent middle-class American, George F. Babbitt, in the 1920s. Babbitt is a haughty businessman who gradually becomes so bored with social parties and an elite lifestyle that he hypocritically partakes in activities and principles he vilifies, such as drinking rampages, liberalism, and blatant infidelity. As the story progresses, Babbitt becomes less and less glued to his conventional and materialistic ideals and through spontaneous realizations and epiphanies, learns to develop treasured family ties and friendships. Lewis focuses on Babbitt¿s life, which is filled with the latest technological inventions, a surplus of money, and a handful of elite friends, yet devoid of meaning. Lewis utilizes Babbitt¿s character and unhappiness with life to portray when humans become obsessed with their social status, they will surrender their own comfort and happiness to advance their place in society. Babbitt is a beautiful masterpiece, honed to sharp precision and programmed to disclose the flagrant hypocrisy and immorality of the esteemed middle-class. When one weaves through Lewis¿s brilliant rhetoric, one will discover the ludicrousness of respected and orthodox American ideals in the early twentieth century. A small problem with Babbitt is that despite its magnificent oratory, it slowly and monotonously drags in certain parts of the novel. At times the language can become cloudy and difficult to comprehend. However, Lewis¿s strong rhetoric shines through these dull moments and successfully leaves a lasting impression on the reader.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

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    An interesting depection of American life...

    This was my first Sinclair Lewis read. This book does doesn't fall into the category of 'page turner'. Rather, Babbit chronicles the struggles of a typical American father. In this book, there is something that most men could relate to. It was interesting to me to see how timeless some of the principles outlined in this book are. Although the setting is much earlier, the struggles Babbit deals with in his professional and personal life are in one way or the other played out today.

    Because of the steady even pace of this book, it did take me a while to get through, but I'm glad I did.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    Babbitt and the danger of conformity

    Babbitt may be a fictional account, but Sinclair Lewis¿s satire contains a humbling effect for anyone in the American middle-class majority. The story centers on George F. Babbitt, a resident of Zenith City and the epitome of middle-aged businessman, Republican and capitalist in judgment. Throughout the course of the novel, Lewis portrays his message about the dangers of both conformity and trying to break from it through the development of Babbitt as a character. He begins as a highly opinionated and hypercritical real-estate salesman, unable to formulate original biases. As the story progresses, Babbitt realizes his dissatisfaction with the monotony of constant dinner parties, Booster Club meetings, and golf games. As a result, he resorts to such indecencies as drinking (the book is set during the Prohibition era), infidelity, and the most deadly of all sins a socially liberal ideology. From associating himself with the self-titled ¿Bohemian¿ lifestyle of his mistress and the leftist views of strikers in the streets, Babbitt not only incurs the ostracism of his companions, but discovers the Bohemian¿s hypocritical nature through their tedious routine and continuous parallels with the middle-class routine it tries to escape. Lewis¿s critical tale has continued to hold the same relevancy in American culture because of its timeless observations of a universal human tendency. Through the weaving of almost comedic satire into a description of a dull life, the book provides a haunting analysis of the displeasure almost all people feel with where they sit in society.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    Sinclair Lewis's Writing Style Is Very Good

    Author, Sinclair Lewis subtly takes us into George F. Babbitt's mind inclusive of his environment. I cannot remember the last time I read such a well written novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2001

    Highly Recommended

    In 'Babbitt', Lewis introduces us to George Babbitt, a materialistic, proud man. When tragedy strikes, Babbitt finds himself questioning his very middle-class lifestyle and looking for meaning. An extremely well written book, Lewis mocks the emptiness of middle-class society. Although it takes place in the 1920's it is still true today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

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    Walks in. What is this rp?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2014

    Mia

    She walked over to the dj booth and put her beats around her neck. She ran a loose hand through her hair before playing Legacy-Eminem

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Eleanor-Rose

    She sighed sadly and watched the couples

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Mia

    Sighed and continued play music

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    Posted November 30, 2014

    JOIN THE SWEET BEACH PARTY!!!

    At happen res one we have a beach bar a vollyball net surfboards and space fir couples even all at the hawaii beach at happen res 1~Bree

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    Posted December 2, 2014

    Shay

    She sighed."No one cares about me. Just another shadow." She mumbled before walking out

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    Posted December 1, 2014

    Shay

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    Posted November 29, 2014

    Skye

    She wrapped her arms around his neck and swayed to the music

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    Posted November 29, 2014

    Skye

    She smiled back and rested her head on his chest

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    Posted November 29, 2014

    Nyra

    Walks in yawning and sits curling herbtail around herself

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    Posted November 29, 2014

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    Posted November 25, 2014

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