Friday, May 10, 2024

Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Today's Featured Book 

Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Genre: Fiction

Published: March 1927

Page Count: 610 pages


"Elmer Gantry is a satiric indictment of fundamentalist religion that caused an uproar upon its publication in 1927. The title character of Elmer Gantry starts out as a greedy, shallow, philandering Baptist minister, turns to evangelism, and eventually becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Throughout the novel Gantry encounters fellow religious hypocrites, including Mrs. Evans Riddle, Judson Roberts, and Sharon Falconer, with whom he becomes romantically involved. Although he is often exposed as a fraud, Gantry is never fully discredited."


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"Elmer Gantry was drunk. He was eloquently drunk, lovingly and pugnaciously drunk."

Lewis, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry: A Novel (p. 1). Open Road Media. Kindle Edition. 

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Elmer was yawning, “Oh, God, I do get so sick of you fellows yammering and arguing and discussing. All perfectly simple—maybe we preachers aren’t perfect: don’t pretend to be; but we do a lot of good.” 

“That’s right,” said Eddie. “But maybe it is true that—The snares of sex are so dreadful that even ministers of the gospel get trapped. And the perfectly simple solution is continence—just take it out in prayer and good hard exercise.” 

“Oh, sure, Eddie, you bet; what a help you’re going to be to the young men in your church,” purred Harry Zenz. 

Frank Shallard was meditating unhappily. “Just why are we going to be preachers, anyway? Why are you, Harry, if you think we’re all such liars?”

“Oh, not liars, Frank—just practical, as Elmer put it. Me, it’s easy. I’m not ambitious. I don’t want money enough to hustle for it. I like to sit and read. I like intellectual acrobatics and no work. And you can have all that in the ministry—unless you’re one of these chumps that get up big institutional outfits and work themselves to death for publicity.”

Lewis, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry: A Novel (p. 56). Open Road Media. Kindle Edition. 

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