Babbitt (Bantam Classics) by Sinclair Lewis

By Sinclair Lewis

While Babbitt was once first released in 1922, fanatics gleefully hailed its scathing portrait of a crass, materialistic kingdom; critics denounced it as an unfair skewering of the yank businessman. Sparking heated literary debate, Babbitt grew to become a arguable vintage, securing Sinclair Lewis’s position as considered one of America’s preeminent social commentators.Businessman George F. Babbitt loves the newest home equipment, model names, and the Republican occasion. in reality, he loves being an excellent citizen much more than he loves his spouse. yet Babbitt involves resent the middle-class trappings he has labored so difficult to procure. knowing that his existence is without which means, he grows decided to go beyond his trivial lifestyles and look for higher function. elevating thought-provoking questions whereas yielding hilarious results, and simply as correct this day as ever, Babbitt’s quest for which means forces us to confront the Babbitt in ourselves—and give some thought to what it actually ability to be an American.

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You’ve been the rock of ages to me, all right, but you’re essentially a simp. You—” “Where d’ you get that ‘simp,’ little man? ’ In fact you’re so earnest about morality, old Georgie, that I hate to think how essentially immoral you must be underneath. All right, you can—” “Wait, wait now! What’s—” “—talk about morals all you want to, old thing, but believe me, if it hadn’t been for you and an occasional evening playing the violin to Terrill O’Farrell’s ‘cello, and three or four darling girls that let me forget this beastly joke they call ‘respectable life,’ I’d ‘ve killed myself years ago.

And what do you advocate? Come down to cases! ” “Good Lord, I don’t know what ‘rights’ a man has! And I ahead game, and they’re bored by their wives and think their families are fools—at least when they come to forty or forty-five they’re bored—and they hate business, and they’d go—Why do you suppose there’s so many ‘mysterious’ suicides? Why do you suppose so many Substantial Citizens jumped right into the war? ” Babbitt snorted, “What do you expect? —’float on flowery beds of ease’? ” “Why not?

Now you take here just th’ other day: I got a new top for my old boat and some upholstery, and I paid out a hundred and twenty-six fifty, and of course a lot of fellows would say that was too much—Lord, if the Old Folks— they live in one of these hick towns up-state and they simply can’t get onto the way a city fellow’s mind works, and then, of course, they’re Jews, and they’d lie right down and die if they knew Sid had anted up a hundred and twenty-six bones. But I don’t figure I was stuck, George, not a bit.

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