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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Book Review: "The Job, An American Novel" by Sinclair Lewis - 1917

What was it like to go into the business world in 1917 if you were a woman?  Read this novel and find out all about it.  It wasn't as easy as it is today, of course.

There were a lot of similarities, too.  I loved the descriptions of office life.  The humdrum, sheer boredom made me want to laugh.  Sounds like my old office life.  The way the noise can make someone want to scream, the attitudes of the fellow workers and the feeling like you aren't getting anywhere.

Our protagonist, Una, learned something that I knew and never practiced.  The only way to really move up is to move on.  Employers take the status quo for granted, and if you do a good job, they are happy to keep you in that position forever.

She makes friends, networks, tries love with mixed results.

It wasn't Sinclair Lewis' best book, but it was certainly a worthwhile one for a woman who used to be in business, herself, to read.

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