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The Job Sinclair Lewis was an American novelist and playwright who in became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature His first published book was Hike and the Aeroplane whic

  • Title: The Job
  • Author: Sinclair Lewis
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  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Job By Sinclair Lewis, Sinclair Lewis 1885 1951 was an American novelist and playwright who, in 1930, became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature His first published book was Hike and the Aeroplane, which appeared in 1912 under the pseudonym Tom Graham, followed by Our Mr Wrenn 1914 Main Street 1920 was his first major commercial success It was initially awarded theSinclair Lewis 1885 1951 was an American novelist and playwright who, in 1930, became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature His first published book was Hike and the Aeroplane, which appeared in 1912 under the pseudonym Tom Graham, followed by Our Mr Wrenn 1914 Main Street 1920 was his first major commercial success It was initially awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for literature, but was rejected by the Board of Trustees Babbitt 1922 is a satire on American values, its main theme is the power of conformity and the vacuity of American life Lewis was awarded the Pulitzer Prize again in 1926 which he rejected for Arrowsmith 1925 , a novel about an idealistic doctor Elmer Gantry 1927 was the story of an opportunistic evangelist His last great work was It Canat Happen Here 1935 , a speculative novel about the election of a Fascist President.

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    1. Reading about the career of Una Golden was interesting like his other novels, very dated, but it presents a snapshot of what America was like in the early 20th Century Reading her adventures in commercial school, job hunting, early office jobs, etc showed that some things remain the same after a century soul killing office work Her romantic affairs seemed contrived, and the ending when Walter Babson, her first love, turns up, is ridiculous I wondered if Babson is Lewis The use of roman a clef th [...]

    2. Una is unforgettable, that s for sure In a way, she reminds me very much of Tarkington s Alice Adams No, Alice and Una don t have much in common Una lives in the real world a world that Alice has only visited once or maybe twice in her life What they both are is real You come away knowing them inside out You know what they think, how they speak, what they like, what they don t like It is amazing that two men managed to capture the spirit and essence of these two very different young women so wel [...]

    3. The setting is New York City, the time period is just pre WWI, and the heroine Una is a New Woman who leaves her small town with her widowed mother and strikes out as a stenographer in the Big City Along the way she loves and loses her True Love, makes a mistake of a marriage, and finally finds her way as a Career Woman I think this is an interesting read for anyone who wants to learn about the details of life for working women in the early part of the 20th century and isn t turned off by a Hor [...]

    4. Classic Lewis I love his writing and his stories of woman alone in the big, bad city Set in the first decade of the 20th century in New York, The Job looks at an American woman s career options work a relatively meaningless job until you find a husband, or commit to a lifelong, relatively flat secretarial career and remain a spinster It s amazing how much has changed, yet how many little pieces ring true today.

    5. Lewis style is one of my favorites It s wry and penetrating with only a few words He doesn t saturate the reader, but goes to the core of what the scene is about and the players in it And Lewis writes women like dayum.

    6. Just read this early work by Lewis Truly progressive piece 1917 about a woman struggling to make her place in the world of work.

    7. Mostly depressing and meandering At some point, there appears to be some point But, in general, it s not clear It seems like the thesis really is Even though the world is unfair and unreasonable, if you work hard, you will still be rewarded immeasurably even if you also failed to work hard for most of your life Confusing.The most consistent part of the book was Lewis s criticism of people critical of novelists like him Over and over again, he really goes after people who think novel writing is e [...]

    8. Zadie Smith confessed she was a kind of a writer who nurtured the beginning of her novels and then let her stories thrive She admitted that the quality of the middle and the end of her novels would be inferior to the beginning I feel the same way about Lewis works The beginning of The Job was charming and poetic, towards Una s marriage with Schwirtz and the end, I thought Lewis could have put in work.This may be a subjective thing, but what kind of ghastly name is Una I could think of thousands [...]

    9. Woops, I finished this book awhile ago and forgot to mark it A good book if you re interested in the time period in which it s set 1910 , especially as regards women in the workforce It s aged a little awkwardly, though it s still very clever Sinclair Lewis was actually the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and I m a little surprised he s not better known.

    10. Curious little story Set in a time when business meant a pragmatic way of thinking People found their position somewhere in a huge machinery and believed the tide would carry them into a meaningful future.Consider the class society that preceded this faith Alas, we know now where this kind of thinking will end us up.Neat study of the pre WW1 times.

    11. Interesting take on the life decisions of women in the early 1900 s be an old maid secretary or get married to escape the deadend female career ladder.

    12. Fascinating A view of what it was like to be a woman trying to make her way in the working world a century ago I am a huge Sinclair Lews fan, Babbitt being one of my favorite novels His sympathy for regular folks and commitment to writing truth without exaggeration or sugar coating are rare and precious.

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