Elmer Gantry Epub Á

Elmer Gantry Epub Á
  • 448 pages
  • Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair Lewis
  • 07 December 2017

Elmer Gantry❰Reading❯ ➿ Elmer Gantry Author Sinclair Lewis – Essayreview.co.uk When ELMER GANTRY was first published, it so outraged the country that it provoked, among other incidents, a personal invitation to the author for his own lynchingIn , it is as powerful and has shocki When Elmer Gantry was first published, it so outraged the country that it provoked, among other incidents, a personal invitation to the author for his own lynchingIn , it is as powerful and has shockingly truthful as when it was first written.


About the Author: Sinclair Lewis

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American capitalism and materialism between the wars He is also respected for his strong characterizations of modern working women HL Mencken wrote of him, If there was ever a novelist among us with an authentic call to the tradeit is this red haired tornado from the Minnesota wilds.


10 thoughts on “Elmer Gantry

  1. says:

    I am tempted to start preaching My dear fellow Goodreaders We have come together to celebrate this book, the revelation of eternal truth, showing the sins of man in his most hideous shape Read Recant Redeem yourselves Listen to the words of universal wisdom, and confess Have you ever committed the sin of vanity Is hypocrisy foreign to you Do you feel secret joy when you succeed in manipulating people to act in your favour I can t do it I find myself recoiling in disgust even as I try co I am tempted to start preaching My dear fellow Goodreaders We have come together to celebrate this book, the revelation of eternal truth, showing the sins of man in his most hideous shape Read Recant Redeem yourselves Listen to the words of universal wisdom, and confess Have you ever committed the sin of vanity Is hypocrisy foreign to you Do you feel secret joy when you succeed in manipulating people to act in your favour I can t do it I find myself recoiling in disgust even as I try copying Elmer Gantry s attitude to beat him with his own weapons There is a bitter truth in the fact that a few vocal hypocrites with basic rhetorical skills and enough confidence to take for granted that all people should listen to them gain so much power and assemble crowds, while careful thinkers who ponder their words and look at causes and effects before they judge a situation remain in the shadows.Elmer Gantry would have done a better job of selling the important message of the book, burning it in exaltation or yelling out his Doomsday message to the listening crowds Or maybe his vanity would have prevented him from completely rejecting a story that is all about HIM Not a favourable story, true, but centred around that massive ego nonetheless Rarely have I hated a characterthan Elmer Gantry, and that is worrying, considering how many incarnations of him spread their messages around the world at the moment His ambitious mother sets the stage for him, wishing for him to become a preacher to satisfy her vanity Elmer builds a career on speaking the words of the Bible, exploiting the Christian messages to gain power and license to do whatever he desires for himself Whenever he is caught in an act of sin as defined by himself from the pulpit, in a show of sublime hypocrisy , he uses the tools of his profession to turn the case against the accusers.It is symptomatic that he is repeatedly shown to be of mediocre intelligence, finding it hard to understand the full context of literary texts, but that he excels in implementing vocabulary to impress people of even less education He wasn t altogether certain what it meant, but it had such a fine uplifting roll Blasphemous fable and dangerous deceit Fine Or, evenrevealing Personally, he did not find that he cared so much for Browning There were so many lines that he had to read three or four times before they made sense, and there was so much stuff about Italy and all those wop countries.But Browning did give him a number of new words for the notebook of polysyllables and phrases which he was to keep for years, and which was to secrete material for some of his most rotund public utterances It strikes me that I should actually give Gantry credit for writing down those hard polysyllables in a notebook, as most politicians nowadays would use a teleprompter or just write them on the palm of their hand There was craft in his hypocritical speeches still I could add countless anecdotes from the book, proving over and over again that Elmer Gantry is a stupid, sexually abusive, narcissistic character who gets away with everything because he grasps the power of basic vocabulary that is spit out in a state of rage and indignation He is an abominable colleague, husband, lover if the label can even be applied to what he does to women , and Uriah Heep pales beside him in is umble approach to deceit and self indulgence As opposed to the rival of David Copperfield, though, Elmer Gantry does not end up spreading his poison in prison He concludes with the confirmation that his is a pattern that will be successful in future as well, his closing words dripping with the author s sarcasm and involuntary prophetic power We shall yet make these United States a moral nation MAMA Beware of the moral ideas of Elmer Gantry, America Bravo, Sinclair Lewis, I would like to say What a brave act of honesty What insight into the propagandistic world of preachers of religion or ideology I will close with the words Voltaire used to sign letters to friends crasez l inf me

  2. says:

    BkC 56Rating 4.25 of fiveThe Publisher Says Today universally recognized as a landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry scandalized readers when it was first published, causing Sinclair Lewis to be invited to a jail cell in New Hampshire and to his own lynching in Virginia His portrait of a golden tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church a saver of souls who lives a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and ruthless self indulgence is also the record of a period, a reign of BkC 56Rating 4.25 of fiveThe Publisher Says Today universally recognized as a landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry scandalized readers when it was first published, causing Sinclair Lewis to be invited to a jail cell in New Hampshire and to his own lynching in Virginia His portrait of a golden tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church a saver of souls who lives a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and ruthless self indulgence is also the record of a period, a reign of grotesque vulgarity, which but for Lewis would have left no record of itself Elmer Gantry has been called the greatest, most vital, and most penetrating study of hypocrisy that has been written since Voltaire.My Review I grew up in a single parent household My mother was a pedophile, and I was her philed pedo She was also the most thunderational kind of christian nutball, the most conservative kind of social fascist conformist, and a chilly, appearance obsessed harpy Unless you were a stranger, when she presented as a pious, charming, lovely woman.So Elmer Gantry was, for me, a documentary not a novel I read it at maybe fifteen or so, just after I read Babbitt, and was astounded to read my own experiences of the asshole religiosifiers who surrounded me in a book over fifty years old I hated them, powerfully and corrosively, then as now, and there was for me a giant pouring of balm over my outraged soul as I read this book These people aren t the first These people didn t invent this idiocy If Lewis escaped to tell about it, so can I The rise of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and that ignorant ilk is not new, ladies and gents, it s happened before This novel will show you that this kind of perverted conservative religious stupidity has always been with us, and its basic small souled evil isn t unique to our times either.Depending on my mood, that s either a comfort or a misery But it always makes me feel less alone, less like I m missing something and misinterpreting other things, to read this classic expos of the long standing culture of ignorant and evil exploitive salvation artists This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

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    Bigoted Bully in Beliefs Biz Flatulistic televangelist farming for fundsA timeless, albeit rather tame, tale of a bigoted bully who seems close to insanity at times abuses his power in the name of religion, serially succumbing to temptations of the flesh and the pitfalls of arrogant pride I frankly expected apowerful condemnation, but then recalled this novel is set in the early 1900s It s shameful that the charlatans have only worsened in this country And yet, it could be even wor Bigoted Bully in Beliefs Biz Flatulistic televangelist farming for fundsA timeless, albeit rather tame, tale of a bigoted bully who seems close to insanity at times abuses his power in the name of religion, serially succumbing to temptations of the flesh and the pitfalls of arrogant pride I frankly expected apowerful condemnation, but then recalled this novel is set in the early 1900s It s shameful that the charlatans have only worsened in this country And yet, it could be even worse a world in which the USA has hoisted a bigoted, bullying, unbalanced demagogue to political power Then, would it be ironic to say that life trumps fiction

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    Just before the 4th of July, I finished Elmer Gantry It turned out to be one of the greatest novels I have ever read Elmer Gantry, published in 1927, was so muchcomplex, so muchbiting and chilling in its description of the worst parts of the American psyche, so muchtimeless, than I ever imagined it would be I expected a comic book story and dated prose I got, instead, vivid characters and lines of text I found myself re reading per their beautiful structure and perfect de Just before the 4th of July, I finished Elmer Gantry It turned out to be one of the greatest novels I have ever read Elmer Gantry, published in 1927, was so muchcomplex, so muchbiting and chilling in its description of the worst parts of the American psyche, so muchtimeless, than I ever imagined it would be I expected a comic book story and dated prose I got, instead, vivid characters and lines of text I found myself re reading per their beautiful structure and perfect descriptions This book isn t just as it s usually, simply described adventures of a golden tongued evangelist who lives a live of hypocrisy and self indulgence This also isn t a novel whose primary, sole purpose is to attack the clergy Elmer Gantry is a searingly accurate profile of the USA, one that still stands oh so many years later I finished the book and sat staring out the window for 10 minutes I didn t know whether to laugh or weep.What s so disheartening about this book, for me, is, as noted in the afterword by Mark Schorer, The forces of social good and enlightenment as presented in Elmer Gantry are not strong enough to offer any real resistance to the forces of social evil and banality Frank Shallard is defeated So is Jim Lefferts All the good people go down.Maybe you have to have been raised in the South or Midwest of the USA, and to have been brought up Baptist or Methodist, to really, truly get all the layers of Elmer Gantry, all the hidden humor, all the razor sharp and, at times, incredibly subtle, criticism and commentary If you ve never been to a church supper where a person claims to have traced their lineage all the way back to Adam and Eve, if you have never had your school board or local city council hear arguments about why certain books should be banned from school or local libraries, if a significant number of your family wouldn t boycott your wedding if you chose to serve alcohol, if you have never heard Catholics called Papists from a pulpit, if school friends haven t told you, in all sincerity, that they are going to pray for you because of your questions and intellect, if you haven t heard Christians rationalize about their actions that are in direct conflict to what the Bible says, I m not sure you can really, truly get this book But I could be wrong I frequently am Ofcourse, all you have to have done is lived in the USA and paid attention to the actions of Jerry Fallwell, Pat Robertson and the Christian Coalition in order to be chilled by the last line of the novel and don t go reading it before you ve read the entire book Part of me is ashamed to have only finally read Sinclair Lewis when I m already past 40 and part of me wonders if I could ever have understood this book on the level I feel that I do had I not been this age.And don t go looking for these characters, nor this story, in the movie version The events of the movie are less than 100 pages of the book, and are so incredibly sanitized in comparison the novel s Sharon Falconer is NOTHING like the Celluloid version I love the movie, but it s a completely different story.Sinclair Lewis is quoted as saying I love America, but I don t like it and when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross My sentiments exactly

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    Brothers and sisters I say, brothers and sisters lend me your ear I have read the words of Mr Sinclair Lewis as set down in the good book Elmer Gantry in which this author of the early 20th century condemns organized religion, most notably the Baptist Church His main character, a one Mr Elmer Gantry, as the title suggests, is an most insincere and hypocritical preacher of the faith Insincere and hypocritical Yes sah, that is the crux, the very essence of the text A text of greater length Brothers and sisters I say, brothers and sisters lend me your ear I have read the words of Mr Sinclair Lewis as set down in the good book Elmer Gantry in which this author of the early 20th century condemns organized religion, most notably the Baptist Church His main character, a one Mr Elmer Gantry, as the title suggests, is an most insincere and hypocritical preacher of the faith Insincere and hypocritical Yes sah, that is the crux, the very essence of the text A text of greater length than needs be, though great enough for the showing of many a various facet of the numerous Christian sects Elmer himself floats most randomly from one to the other like the lowest sinner descending the layers of Hell, where evil takes on many a cunning disguise Nothing is as it seems there, as can be said with Elmer Gantry where even Scotty the golf pro is not an actual Scot, but a fraud who s learnt his false accent from a Liverpudlian Irishman False deceptors, ye be damned Thus is the condemnation of Sinclair Lewis, a man who him very self has aspersion cast upon him Yes, it is true, my brothers and sisters Though Mr Lewis condemns the wayward ways of organized religion s leaders, he also condemns hisself, literally invoking his own name within these pages through the mouth of a criticizer of the author s past works Though he does this, still upon publication the people s of the State of New Hampshire, once known as the Live Free or Die State, invited Mr Lewis to a New Hampshire jail cell And the people of Virginia promised to hang, yes I said hang the good author for the work he had doneI ask you, brothers and sisters, is this Christianity Is this God s will

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    On the surface, this is a story of a bad guy, made all theevil by his using the name of God to hoodwink people and lift himself up for public admiration He is the living embodiment of a wolf in sheep s clothing Unfortunately, this is not a book that can be read on the surface and be done with Elmer Gantry isn t a cut and dried villain On the contrary, it is his very humanness that makes his story equal parts repulsive and irresistible We see in Gantry s hypocrisy our own inclination t On the surface, this is a story of a bad guy, made all theevil by his using the name of God to hoodwink people and lift himself up for public admiration He is the living embodiment of a wolf in sheep s clothing Unfortunately, this is not a book that can be read on the surface and be done with Elmer Gantry isn t a cut and dried villain On the contrary, it is his very humanness that makes his story equal parts repulsive and irresistible We see in Gantry s hypocrisy our own inclination to INTEND to be better than we ever actually are You can only hate him as far as you hate yourself But, oh, did I hate him Especially the way he treated his long suffering wife and children I just wanted to punch him in the face.There is so muchto this book than just the behavior of the title character It raises issues of religion and prejudice It illustrates the uncomfortable reality that in real life wickedness is not always punished and righteousness is not always rewarded It holds a mirror up to our self righteous behavior the way we vociferously condemn vice in its obvious forms, but ignore our own,damaging, un Christian like behavior toward others It also reminds us that those we put our trust and faith in are not always deserving of that trust.I wish that I had the time and mental focus to review this book to the full extent it deserves There s really a lot to it But suffice it to say that while reading this book wasn t diverting aside from the fantastic prose , it was beneficial

  7. says:

    Senryu Review Huckster hick Gods upto climb the Catholic poleof cant and bunkum

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    I ve read that this novel caused quite a furor when it was released, even being denounced by Billy Sunday Well, I wouldn t know, I wasn t there, but it wouldn t surprise me as I remember when some Christians got very excited about the movie The Last Temptation of Christ All they accomplished in my opinion was drawingattention to the movie than it would otherwise have garnered.As for Elmer Gantry, I am a Christian and this book does arguably, take a pretty dim view of some or possibly I ve read that this novel caused quite a furor when it was released, even being denounced by Billy Sunday Well, I wouldn t know, I wasn t there, but it wouldn t surprise me as I remember when some Christians got very excited about the movie The Last Temptation of Christ All they accomplished in my opinion was drawingattention to the movie than it would otherwise have garnered.As for Elmer Gantry, I am a Christian and this book does arguably, take a pretty dim view of some or possibly most Christians Gantry is basically a ne er do well who starts out in law and is side tracked by alcohol and his womanizing ways He isor less accidentally ordained as a Baptist minister Later on he becomes a Methodist Gantry manages to destroy several lives throughout the book and leaves a trail of broken people among those who are close to him For a while he becomes the manager and lover of Sharon Falconer a character who seems to be loosely based on Aimee Semple McPherson When Falconer is killed in the fire that destroys her new tabernacle his career is over there.Gantry never gets his comeuppance in that he marries well and gets his own congregation.As for it s reflection on Christian life and Christians anyone who follows the news knows that there are people who make money from those who want badly to believe It is of course a fallacy to construe that all Christians fall into the crooked and or gullible paradigm Unfortunately and most Christians are aware of this we need to be aware of those who would twist the Gospel good news teaching of Christ to a money making venture As in other areas Lewis approach while not ideal does show up an area where awareness is needed.I settle on 3 stars as while the book has it s points the writing isn t really among the greatest and the book does take advantage of prurient interest In other words, for it s day, its quite racy staying this side of actual porn which of course has been around a while The book is readable and while I wouldn t use the word enjoyable as we watch several livesor less destroyed, it is interesting and well plotted In the end, it must be admitted, the character of Gantry is well formed even if some of the supporting cast isn t Gantry is one of a handful of literary characters to become at least fairly iconic Most know that a reference to Elmer Gantry is a reference to a dishonest and probably immoral debauched, depraved clergyman

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    A truly delightful novel Lewis takes obvious pleasure from poking fun at religion and he takes on the various church denominations and destroys them with attacks from multiple positions He exposes hypocrisy through Elmer Gantry who supposedly is a protector of morality while enhancing his career by vapid publicity, name calling and disdaining the women who fall in love with him He also ignores his family while pursuing his goals.This book exposes the lust for power behind the evangelical A truly delightful novel Lewis takes obvious pleasure from poking fun at religion and he takes on the various church denominations and destroys them with attacks from multiple positions He exposes hypocrisy through Elmer Gantry who supposedly is a protector of morality while enhancing his career by vapid publicity, name calling and disdaining the women who fall in love with him He also ignores his family while pursuing his goals.This book exposes the lust for power behind the evangelical movements andtraditional churches It is also about the cult of personality in this case Elmer Gantry This is evenabundantly clear with the Sharon Falconer episode Actually the book looses some of the momentum, I feel, after the sudden death dubious at that of Sharon midway through the story Nevertheless what follows is Elmer s continuing journey through the religion business Elmer switches convictions whenever there is opportunity for his advancement There are a host of colourful characters Most of the religious ones are portrayed as extremely flawed It is interesting that towards the end of the book Elmer s crusade has the look of an attack on liberalism against the teaching of science in schools, for prohibition the keeping of moral values

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    I had expected that I would know the basics from having seen the movie but the book was completely different Excellent satire about evangelical Christians, small town America hypocrisy and the Anthony Heald narration was very good Elmer Gantry is a hypocrite but he doesn t even seem to realize it or only dimly So many aspects of Elmer reminded me of Donald Trump that at times it was hard to continue and made me hate the ending view spoiler when despite having his hypocrisy revealed to I had expected that I would know the basics from having seen the movie but the book was completely different Excellent satire about evangelical Christians, small town America hypocrisy and the Anthony Heald narration was very good Elmer Gantry is a hypocrite but he doesn t even seem to realize it or only dimly So many aspects of Elmer reminded me of Donald Trump that at times it was hard to continue and made me hate the ending view spoiler when despite having his hypocrisy revealed to the public, Elmer manages with help to bribe threaten the witnesses and spin the press so that he ends up being the winner hide spoiler great for satire but awful for the real world

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