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Babbitt is an everyman who has achieved the "American Dream." He has a family and comfortable home, and is respected at his office job in real estate. We read of his daily life in a fictional town somewhere in the Midwest, where American ideals of prosperity and conformity are held in high regard. One would think that Babbitt has it all. And yet, he is not happy. Coming to terms with the emptiness and hypocrisy of the life he has found himself living, Babbitt is challenged to find a way out. Can one man break free of the roaring tides of typical American life? As eye-opening as it was when published in 1922, Lewis's novel is a classic and scathing portrait of the values and lifestyle that many take for granted as the American vision of life at its "best."
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THE towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods. They were neither citadels nor churches, but frankly and beautifully office-buildings.
The mist took pity on the fretted structures of earlier ...
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