Thursday, February 01, 2007
11. "Babbitt" ~ Sinclair Lewis
George Babbitt is a successful realtor in the fictional town and state of Zenith, Winnemac. He is faithful to his wife, whom he does not love, he is kind to strangers, whom he belittles because of their economic status, and he is adored by many friends because of his light humor and deep values of men's clubs, church, and business.
Lewis is sharp in this satire. It's like Main Street on meth. The people behave like society expects them to behave. When Babbitt tries to break out of his hollow life, he is firmly reprimanded.
There are so many one-liners that sting, the narrator a not-so-distant snark. If I had to chose the better of the two Lewis novels, I'd go with this one.
4.0 out of 5.0 Evertinis.