Babbitt Author:Sinclair Lewis With his portrait of George F. Babbitt, the conniving, prosperous real-estate man from Zenith, Sinclair Lewis created one of the ugliest, but most convincing, figures in American fiction-the total conformist. Babbitt's demons are power in his community and the self-esteem he can only receive from others. In his attempts to reconcile these aspira... more »tions, he is loyal to whoever serves his need of the moment: time and again he proves an opportunist in business practice and in domestic affairs. ..
Babbitt gives consummate expression to the glibness and irresponsibility of the hardened, professional social climber. H. G. Wells said of this novel: "I wish I could have written Babbitt."
An interesting picture of a man who is disconnected from himself. Said to be an indictment of business, but I see it as rather what can happen when we put all our focus on externals in general.
Slow going if you are used to modern pulp fiction, but well worth the effort to enjoy the development of the character which is Babbitt, a businessman.