The Reader's Den: "It Can't Happen Here"
How do you like it so far? Or does "like" not apply here? Do you think Lewis meant for us to take the book as: a straight novel? a satire? a cautionary tale? a parable? something else?
The fictional characters in this work quote from, hearken back to, and mingle freely with an army of real historical personages—historians, politicians, journalists, writers, activists, psychologists, etc., etc. What’s the effect of this mingling of fact and fantasy on the reader?
And how about Lewis’ names? What associations do the following bring to your mind: Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip; Mrs. Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch; Doremus Jessup; Hector Macgoblin; Lorinda Pike; Buck Titus?