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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Political Fiction Novel It Can’t Happen Here.

Harry Sinclair Lewis, an American author and Nobel Prize Winner, received popularity for his remarkable works in Literature. “It Can’t Happen Here” presents a political book written with sarcasm and satire. This book also opted for a play in 1936.

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Author: Sinclair Lewis

Genre: Political fiction

Page count: 323

Good reads rating: 3.76 of 5

My Ratings: 7.6 of 10

Published: October 21, 1935 (Original publication)

Publisher: e-artnow (February 20, 2017)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Political Fiction Novel It Can’t Happen Here.

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The author bases the theme of the novel in Europe under the totalitarian and dictatorial rule of politicians. Also, the military-driven approach under a captivating charm of power and supremacy. The book is told from the perspective of the protagonist of the novel Doremus Jessup, a sixty-year-old editor of a newspaper, The Vermont Vigilance. In the year 1936 Senator Berzelius Buzz Windrip, a charismatic, alluring and influencer political leader, won the elections becoming the President of United States.

It happened by defeating his opponents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Senator Walt Trowbridge. Windrip also came into power by making the typical promises and giving false hopes of betterment and prosperity. Also, portraying himself as an anti-corruption leader who cares about the well-being of common men through his campaigns. The mastermind behind all these campaigns was his secretory Lee Sarason.

Windrip sends people to concentration camps who turn against him. Women, African-Americans, and religious people lost their basic human rights. With these violent new laws and rules, they converted the state into a corporate-based administration with totalitarian rules and power.

Jessup being a man of moral values and a liberal mind raised his voice through his newspaper. He later joined the New Underground Organisation founded by Trowbridge as resistance against Windrip’s rule. Jessup along with his friend Buck Titus, his two daughters Sissy and Mary started a resistance organisation assisting refugees who flee to Canada. But Shad Ledue, leading the Minuteman, came to know about this unit and arrested Jessup, placing him in the concentration camp.

Final Say on Political Fiction Novel It Can’t Happen Here.

The novel receives my rating of 7.6 out of 10 because of the author’s expression of authoritarian and tyrannical dictatorship in Europe. The narrative uses a dystopian approach to explain the narrative and creates an exceptional storyline. Would I re-read the novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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