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The Reader's Den: "It Can't Happen Here"


Now that I’ve become more aware of Sinclair Lewis thanks to It Can’t Happen Here, I’ve seen references to him everywhere. And will keep my eyes and ears open for staged productions of his works—Main Street is one I’ve been wanting to see on stage for a long time now.

Back to It Can’t Happen Here. If you have had a chance to read part, most, or all of it, how believable do you think the characters are? Do they seem like real people, who act in ways real people might? Or is each character starkly sketched, the author intending them to be the embodiment of a specific point of view? We can spot “good” and “evil” characters pretty easily in this work, but which of the characters are more conflicted and morally ambiguous?

Does this book still have something important to say today, or is it just a product of its times? I would love to hear your opinion about this book, so please feel free to chime in if you are so inclined!

And, stay tuned for the next Reader’s Den selection!


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