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A viral Elmer Gantry By Sinclair Lewis is a Books Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930 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 H.L Mencken wrote of him, If there was ever a novelist among us with an authentic call to the trade is this red haired tornado from the Minnesota wilds.. 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.. A viral Ebook Elmer Gantry 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 character more than 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, even more revealing:"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:Écrasez l'infâme!
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