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CLR Book Club – Week 7 February 14, 2017

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Okay, decision made, Sinclair Lewis and ‘It Can’t Happen Here’ ( a bit like book club – eh? I’m here all week, folks.). So how do we proceed? A chapter a week? More, less?

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1. benmadigan - February 14, 2017

here it is on Gutenberg for everyone!! http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0301001h.html

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2. Starkadder - February 17, 2017

I started reading ICHH today. Rather amusing scene set in a hotel with a rant from the hyper-patriotic Miss Gimmitch (who reads like a prototype Phyllis Schlafly).

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yourcousin - February 18, 2017

Shit, that reminds me I need to order the book.

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WorldbyStorm - February 18, 2017

Yes that first chapter is pretty good, light but pointed, not without sympathy either for all in a way

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Starkadder - February 19, 2017

I’m up to Chapter 5 today. So far Lewis has used his cast of characters to make satirical points about 1930s politics, though some it may be confusing for readers not familar with the period. How many members of the general reading public would remember bodybuilder and businessman
Bernarr Macfadden or journalist and
peace activist Oswald Garrison Villard ?. They’re both namechecked in ICHH.

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CL - February 19, 2017

““It Can’t Happen Here” is an argument for journalism as a basic pillar of democracy.”
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/getting-close-to-fascism-with-sinclair-lewiss-it-cant-happen-here

“Sen. John McCain spoke out Saturday in defense of the free press after President Donald Trump lashed out against the news media several times over the past week, at one point declaring it “the enemy of the American People!”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-john-mccain-criticizes-trump-20170219-story.html

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