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Elmer Gantry

6 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Sinclair Lewis

A vulgar and licentious college football captain becomes a messenger of God as a suave evangelist preacher, in this classic story that is universally recognized as a landmark in American literature. Reissue.

Author: Sinclair Lewis
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Signet Classics
Date Published: 1926
5 reviews about Elmer Gantry
review by . October 04, 2008
Truly classic mix of rampant cynicism, hypocrisy, greed, lust--and great insight into not only the spiritual depravity of man, but the true fruit of the spirit that a Christian can display when living a Christ-like life. It doesn't often happen, but when it does it shines through.    Elmer Gantry, and his supporting characters, despite their deeply cynical and hypocritical faults, are treated more gently by Lewis than was Babbitt (Bantam Classics), the poor grasping sap of a …
review by . June 19, 2009
Lewis' satirical portrait of a hypocritical preacher and con artist in the US of the early 20th century is one of his best known novels. It is claimed by the publisher that it was the 'most hated novel of 1926'. However I would not think that many people could get very excited over it nowadays.    This due to its datedness. If the novel were as fresh as, say, Babbitt, I am sure it would enjoy a reassuring noise of protest from interested quarters. The staleness comes from …
review by . January 30, 2008
When Elmer Gantry was published, author Sinclair Lewis received death threats, an ivitation to be lynched in Virginia, a warning to stay clear of New Hampshire or wind up in a prison cell. I wonder if he would still have the courage to write a similar book today, in the climate of religious fanaticism that prevails. Elmer Gantry is a portrayal of hypocrisy and opportunism among the Evangelical clergy of the early 20th Century. The title character is as hateful and fraudulent as the Bakkers, Swaggerts, …
review by . January 30, 2008
When Elmer Gantry was published, author Sinclair Lewis received death threats, an ivitation to be lynched in Virginia, a warning to stay clear of New Hampshire or wind up in a prison cell. I wonder if he would still have the courage to write a similar book today, in the climate of religious fanaticism that prevails. Elmer Gantry is a portrayal of hypocrisy and opportunism among the Evangelical clergy of the early 20th Century. The title character is as hateful and fraudulent as the Bakkers, Swaggerts, …
review by . June 29, 2006
Pros: Tone and analysis, brilliant characterization     Cons: Can be plodding at times     The Bottom Line: If you like dark humor and sarcasm, Lewis is your man and this is a great book to start with.     Literary classics are extremely hard to review. I’ve tried for months, for instance, to write a review of Faulkner’s Light In August but stop because the plot summary runs for pages. Classics inform later literature, so it is …
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