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Main Street - eBook

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Main Street: (A Modern Library E-Book) - eBook

Main Street: (A Modern Library E-Book) - eBook

BabbittBabbitt
Sinclair Lewis
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Prosperous and socially prominent, George Babbitt appears to have everything a man could wish: good health, a fine family, and a profitable business in a booming Midwestern city. But the middle-aged real estate agent is shaken from his self-satisfaction by a growing restlessness with the limitations of his life. When a personal crisis forces a reexamination of his values, Babbitt mounts a rebellion against social expectations--jeopardizing his reputation and business standing as well as his marriage.
     

 
Main StreetMain Street
Sinclair Lewis
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The first of Sinclair Lewis's great successes, Main Street shattered the sentimental American myth of happy small-town life with its satire of narrow-minded provincialism. Reflecting his own unhappy childhood in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Lewis's sixth novel attacked the conformity and dullness he saw in midwestern village life. Young college graduate Carol Milford moves from the city to tiny Gopher Prairie after marrying the local doctor, and tries to bring culture to the small town. But her efforts to reform the prairie village are met by a wall of gossip, greed, conventionality, pitifully unambitious cultural endeavors, and - worst of all - the pettiness and bigotry of small-town minds.
     

 
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Sinclair Lewis's barbed portrait of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, shattered the myth of the American Middle West as God's Country and became a symbol of the cultural narrow-mindedness and smug complacency of small towns everywhere. At the center of the novel is Carol Kennicott, the wife of a town doctor, who dreams of initianting social reforms and introducing art and literature to the community. The range of reactions to Main Street when it was published in 1920 was extraordinary, reflecting the ambivalence in the novel itself and Lewis's own mixed feelings about his hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the prototype for Gopher Prarie.
     

 
BabbitBabbit
Sinclair Lewis, John Wickersham
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Businessman George F. Babbit loves the latest appliances, brand names, and the Republican party. In fact, he loves being a Solid Citizen even more than he loves his wife. But Babbit comes to resent the middle-class trappings he has worked so hard to acquire. Realizing that his life is devoid of meaning, he grows determined to transcend his trivial existence and search for greater purpose. Raising thought-provoking questions while yielding hilarious consequences, Babbit's quest for meaning forces us to confront the Babbit in ourselves - and ponder what it truly means to be an American.

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Main Street, Unabridged Audiobook on MP3 with eBook
Main Street, Unabridged Audiobook on MP3 with eBook

Main Street, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook
Main Street, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook

Babbitt, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook
Babbitt, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook

Babbitt, Unabridged Audiobook on MP3 with eBook
Babbitt, Unabridged Audiobook on MP3 with eBook

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