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Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
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Oct 31, 07

really liked it
bookshelves: classic-literature
Recommended for: Cynical people.
Read in October, 2007

This book is funny. I will write more.

Excerpt from page 72:

(It's the early 1900's and Mr. Babbitt is talking to his son about the merits of correspondence courses...)

There's a whole lot of valuable time lost even at the U., studying poetry and French and subjects that never brought in anybody a cent. I don't know but what maybe these correspondence-courses might prove to be one of the most important American inventions.
Trouble with a lot of folks is: they're so blame material; they don't see the spiritual and mental side of American supremacy...

It seems almost like something George W. Bush might say in one of his speeches. lol

10/29/07 I think this book is just swell. :)

10/20/07 I have finished this book and I have to say that I don't think Babbit is all that unlikeable. Sure he is materialistic, shallow and spineless. But at least he cares about things and he does seem to think about things a bit. So I will say that there are a lot more characters in books that I dislike more than I dislike him. I just might be tempted to have an affair with him myself.

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