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It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
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really liked it
bookshelves: classics, crime, dystopia, espionage, library, humor, military, political

Probably 4.5 stars

This 1935 dystopia novel is about how Fascism comes to America, not through a revolutionary bang, but a patriotic cheer. A demagogue runs for president and wins on promises that can't be held up. He has a lot of demands after he is elected, gutting the Supreme Court and Congress and essentially instituting the President as Dictator.

While the novel follows a small town newspaper editor that is against this faction change, the book is weak on standard novel aspects. There is only a small amount of dialogue, and much exposition. The lengthy sections of what is going on isn't as badly done as the leeeennnggttthhyyy essays that make up books like Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, but it does make the book more boring than the typical dystopian novel. Despite this, it's still very good. Some moments are very tense, such as when our heroes are trying to escape to Canada, or when people are arrested or killed, which is frighteningly often.

This book has great satire from Lewis, so it's as funny as it is terrifying.
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Reading Progress

March 12, 2018 – Shelved
March 12, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
March 17, 2018 – Started Reading
March 20, 2018 –
page 30
7.5%
March 23, 2018 –
page 64
16.0%
March 26, 2018 –
page 106
26.5%
April 2, 2018 –
page 156
39.0%
April 5, 2018 –
page 172
43.0%
April 10, 2018 –
page 224
56.0%
April 11, 2018 –
page 235
58.75%
April 16, 2018 –
page 312
78.0%
April 23, 2018 –
page 356
89.0%
April 25, 2018 – Shelved as: classics
April 25, 2018 – Shelved as: crime
April 25, 2018 – Shelved as: dystopia
April 25, 2018 – Shelved as: espionage
April 25, 2018 – Shelved as: library
April 25, 2018 – Shelved as: humor
April 25, 2018 – Shelved as: military
April 25, 2018 – Shelved as: political
April 25, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Chris I wanted to go into some of the contemporary issues going on while this book was written, particularly with the Nazis, which the Afterword did a pretty good job of going over. It's surprising the things that the book goes over before Kristallnacht even happened.


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