By Sinclair Lewis
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The name of Sinclair Lewis’s 1922 satire on American materialism extra a brand new observe to our vocabulary. “Babbittry” has come to face for all that’s improper with a global the place the pursuit of happiness ability the procurement of things—a international that substitutes “stuff” for “soul.” a few two decades after Babbitt’s preliminary good fortune, critics referred to as Lewis dated and his fiction outdated. yet those judgments have come to appear like wishful considering. With Babbitry obtrusive throughout us, the unconventional is extra suitable than ever.
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Honest! No kidding! I know you舗re interested in getting a house, not merely a place where you hang up the old bonnet but a love-nest for the wife and kiddies舒and maybe for the flivver out beyant . . the spud garden. Say, did you ever stop to think that we舗re here to save you trouble? That舗s how we make a living舒folks don舗t pay us for our lovely beauty! (p. 34). The overly familiar, conversational tone, totally contrived to lure the male reader into buying a house, is laughably obvious, as are the deceptively rosy descriptions of the properties for sale.
Lewis, a wealthy but lonely old man, died from complications due to alcoholism in Rome on January 10, 1951. True to form, he left one more novel (World So Wide), which was published after his death. The Story In Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis舗s plotting is marvelous in that it seems not to have much of a structure. Events, almost all of them rather minor, occur as they do in our day-to-day experience and at first amount to what may be mistaken for a sketch of the ordinary. Only when we get to the place舒the middle ground舒that the main character occupies do we find a lucid, coherent succession of dramatic narrative.
Babbitt roused, his stomach constricted with alarm. As he relaxed, he was pierced by the familiar and irritating rattle of some one cranking a Ford:4 snap-ah-ah, snap-ah-ah, snap-ah-ah. Himself a pious motorist, Babbitt cranked with the unseen driver, with him waited through taut hours for the roar of the starting engine, with him agonized as the roar ceased and again began the infernal patient snap-ah-ah舒a round, flat sound, a shivering cold-morning sound, a sound infuriating and inescapable. Not till the rising voice of the motor told him that the Ford was moving was he released from the panting tension.
Babbitt (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Sinclair Lewis