viernes, 11 de octubre de 2013

Main Street and Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

Main Street and Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari

Sinclair Lewis’s books were written in the earlier part of last century, which made me aware of differences in English writing nowadays – hyphenated words no longer in use, verb tenses varying according to a particular word – family were vs family was. The style is straightforward – he would have written straight-forward – no poetic subtlety.

Both books have in common a constant exposure of social ills -- prejudice and xenophobia --post WWI, with a total absence of the political correctness that was expected of the US middle-class in the Middlewest. “Virgins are not so virginal as they used to be” is an interesting statement. It is not surprising that most of the social issues have resurfaced as of late.