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 duplicity, sensuality, anUniversally 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 duplicity, 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 trace of itself Elmer Gantry has been called the greatest, most vital, and most penetrating study of hypocrisy that has been written since the works of Voltaire.
Elmer Gantry 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 h
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 Elm [...]
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 ne [...]
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 much complex, so much biting and chilling in its description of the worst parts of the American psyche, so much timeless, 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 bo [...]
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 [...]
Bigoted Bully in the Business of BeliefsFamous Gassy Preacher Sounds Call for ContributionsA 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 a powerful 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 e [...]
On the surface, this is a story of a bad guy, made all the evil 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 [...]
Sinclair Lewis writing always sticks with me Perhaps it is because he so wonderfully savaged American culture, laying out all its ills, prejudices, and hypocrisies as a feast for the reader The characters he presented to us Elmer Gantry, George Babbitt, Samuel Dodsworth, and Will Kennicott were bright smiling neighbors that revealed the grotesque in American values.Of these Elmer Gantry, the title character of Lewis 11th novel, still rings the most true, if for no other reason than that the tomf [...]
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 Gantry is a womanizing troublemaker who manages to become a successful preacher despite his frequent questionable conduct, and often destroying the lives of those around him along the way This is really a fantastic book and one that, although it was written 80 years ago, is still quite fresh and thought provoking It explores religion and the lives of those who deliver it to us in a way few authors would dare.
This was amazing I will definitely need to explore other books by Sinclair Lewis Wow This man could WRITE I don t know much about Lewis, but he must have had some extensive exposure to the Christianity of his day I found this very educational regarding the religious landscape of America during the turn of the century Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Methodists, Pentecostals, Catholics, Mormons, New Thoughters are represented here with all their foibles and idiosyncrasies A fascinating com [...]
This send up of religious institutions was so devestating that many religious leaders called for Lewis to be stoned to death for writing it His biting, insightful, and humorous look at religious hypocrisy is as pertinant today as it was when it was first written.The pure strength of Lewis s prose is refreshing after reading recent authors His control and understanding of syntax, grammar, and words maintains a strength and clarity of voice throughout the work However, he does not sacrifice wit o [...]
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 movemen [...]
This classic is both opportune and evocative of an era Helpful as I try to calm my fear of our current Gantry Gekko president Shyster sociopaths have been around forever and they are often very successful Maybe we ll survive this yooge success The most powerful man on our planet Wow Shoulda stuck with real estate where he belongs.Lewis is a great observer and super witty I would ve loved to have him over for dinner I cherish this book.Moving on to It Can t Happen Here Well.
A wonderful look at the hypocrisy of a religious preacher, Elmer Gantry This book reminds me of Mark Twain s famous quote Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.
1929 Grosset and Dunlap hardcover, vintage 4 at McKay, Nashville Very happy to find this No original paper dustjacket, alas The cover art differs from the picture uploaded see below for the actual cover art of this edition The 29 Grosset has a church silhouette and a cool embossing on the lower right front Elmer Gantry was made into a lively and impressive film in 1960 starring Burt Lancaster in a hell raising performance , and it was one of my dad s all time favorite movies As Lewis Main Street [...]
If you ve ever laughed at or been disgusted by the antics of televangelist charlatans like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart, Sinclair Lewis had their number 80 years ago The fictional Elmer Gantry rises to prominence before the era of radio and TV evangalism, but his greed, self serving political ambitions, and sexual indiscretions are just like those of his real life counterparts.I actually listened to part of this audiobook while mistakenly thinking the author was Upton Sinclair Duoh How embarras [...]
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 drawing attention 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 Chri [...]
I have never despised a literary character as much as Elmer Gantry, and that is exactly what Sinclair Lewis wanted.Elmer Gantry will rise up and give you that old time religion, even if he doesn t have it himself.Elmer Gantry will be at the head of the pack to find and condemn vice, and when he s not with the pack he ll still be out finding vice.Elmer Gantry will be a Baptist, an evangelical, a New Thoughter, a Methodist, and is wondering about those Episcopalians Because he s heard their congre [...]
This book, I think, was written to reflect the frustration a person might feel when listening to a sermon of epic proportion or perhaps a person proselytizing weary Lewis is condemning not only ministers the people that are the vessels of God , but religion itself He paints Gantry as a man that is uncertain of his belief in God, but confident of his ability as a charismatic speaker and so Gantry becomes an ordained Baptist minister When that religion doesn t work out for him, he finds a home els [...]
The character Elmer Gantry is righteous, strident, repetitive, hypocritical and a lot of other things none of which are complementary, and for me, that was the problem with the book The flat and one dimensional characters that inhibit Sinclair Lewis novels and especially the constant hammering of his message I read Babbitt a couple of weeks ago and I enjoyed it My mistake was returning to Lewis too soon Rather than a new novel this felt like the sequel Like watching Woody Allen films, entertaini [...]
One impression I got from this book is how similar the evangelist Gantry and his coherts are to the Taliban The evangelists in Lewis book would do exactly what the Taliban has done or are currently doing in the middle east, imposing their interpretation of god s rules upon everyone, believer or not They both endorse morality police and have ambitions to rule the world as they see fit.
I would have given this book a four star rating if I didn t abhor Elmer Gantry as much as I do He is the master manipulator, the king of scum, the glib tongued devil who sees the world only as it can serve him A little synopsis of the story Elmer Gantry is a handsome rogue, a sports hero, son of a religious woman whose dreams for him consist totally of his becoming a man of the cloth He delights in whiskey and women even as he attends theology classes Unfortunately for everyone, especially women [...]
Less than ten pages into this novel, I was hooked I honestly felt as though Sinclair Lewis was capable of time travel, transported himself forward in time so he could sit next to me during worship services at multiple churches, then transported himself back to the 1920s so he could write about it Seriously, it feels as though little has changed in the world of American Evangelicalism This movement still has its rising celebrities with ambition than humility, and demonstrated passion than grace [...]
Everytime I go to Church, I will always remember Elmer Gantry and try to investigate the legitimacy and beliefs of my spiritual leaders It is very sad when the person you trust to guide you through life is a hypocrite who is there to take advantage of your ignorance At times, as seen in the book, we go to church in order to appear and win the approval of a certain group of people The rich and learned don t believe and mostly they find themselves asking and questioning the bible and the relevance [...]
It s been a long time since I saw the movie but the character always intrigued me Burt Lancaster won the Academy Award for best actor and his performance was one of the best ever Thus I wanted to hear the book The movie only covers about the middle third of the story There is a lot in the novel But as I remember it in the movie Elmer Gantry was kind of a mysterious character that was hard to figure out He moved back and forth between seeming to be sincere and being blatantly hypocritical In the [...]
Wow This book paints an ugly face on a preacher who is trying to do the job without any real commitment to Christ or any real calling It is set in the early part of the 20th Century and offers an interesting indictment on pioneering religion I suppose Lewis intends to paint preachers with a rather black brush because he offers us no characters that are truly remarkable men of God While the book could serve to anger those of us who are in ministry, perhaps it is a important look at how human spir [...]
The prose could be better and some chapters are a little long, but on the whole this book makes an interesting read What is amazing to me is that this satire on evangelic fervor remains so timely Elmer Gantry provides insight to the American culture that remains fresh even to this day The 1920s are long gone and yet this book points out that some things have not changed, including the hypocrisy of the charismatic pulpit Although a few people may find the writing to be a bit old timey, the commen [...]
Written in 1927, the picture he gives of fundamentalism is as accurate today as it was then I know it s supposed to be satire, but I can think of specific people I ve known who are very much like each of the characters represented I did feel he got preachy in places against all Christianity, and I disagreed with him on that, but his picture of fundamentalism was spot on.
It never changesStunningly well crafted tale a must read All too true and a warning to be vigilant Read by all means
7 12 I am coincidentally and serendipitously reading this while in the midst of watching Preacher I would highly recommend this one two punch to others but only if you have the stomach to watch Preacher These two stories are so different, yet share so much Elmer helps me understand why Jesse puts on that collar, and Jesse adds a modern tint to the lens I am viewing Elmer through.8 3 I think everyone is very aware of the recent resurgence of The Handmaid s Tale, thanks to Hulu no, this isn t misp [...]