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Wicked satire of small town 1920s America,
This review is from: Babbitt (Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)
If you are at all curious about why American society and culture is the way it is today, you could do a lot worse than read this novel to find out something of its history. It's fascinating as a picture of a period (the 1920s) and the story of how business and the desires of the individual small town middle class American became wholly entangled together.
Lewis' prose is not for everyone. If you want a rollicking good read and enjoy a speedily moving story-line, then this may not be your cup of tea. His language and style can sometimes seem dated, but if you can get beyond this you will want to read Babbitt instead for the naturalistic description, the humour, the biting satirical comment and the wicked character portraits and excruciating -- and fascinating -- detail about the period and the individuals who inhabit it.
I don't think Sinclair Lewis wrote a better book than Babbitt, so if you enjoy this book and the themes it explores, you might want to read some Theodore Dreiser (try The Financier) or, better still, go a little earlier and try William Dean Howells' A Hazard of New Fortunes or The Rise of Silas Lapham.