01 November 2019

Book Beginning: Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

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.

I'm reading "Babbitt" again, although I use that word advisedly as I cannot remember a single thing from 56 years ago. The back cover commentary claims that in Mr. Babbitt, Lewis "created one of the ugliest, but most convincing, figures in American fiction - the total conformist." Sounds intriguing!

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