A true American classic, bold, irreverent, hilarious. A look at American religion and life at the turn of the last century. Wonderfully read with humor and feeling. This book covers themes that could come out of today's papers.
Enjoyable and interesting. I am glad he is not my minister. He is a character!!!
How in the world can this one be called "classic"?! For a character that seemed not to be a bible believer at all, there was certainly a lot of bible thumbing in this one -- WAY too much for my taste. Although determined to stick with it in hopes that it would eventually become the engaging novel I had heard so much about, it turned out to be a disappointed from start to finish -- I've never been so glad to reach the end! .
"There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
A timeless, and rather tame, tale of a bigoted, bullying slightly insane man abuses power in the name of religion, and serially succumbs to temptations of the flesh and the pitfalls of pride.
I frankly expected a more powerful condemnation, but then I recalled this novel is set in the early 1900s.
It's shameful how rotten the charlatans have become in this country. And yet, it could be much worse: a world in which a bigoted, bullying, slightly insane demagogue is put in political power, and where life always TRUMPs fiction in terms of bizarre.
Anthony Heald brings this nearly 90-year-old story to life, giving the listener full access to the brilliant and acerbic writing of Sinclair Lewis. The story is a timeless and mesmerizing send-up of hypocritical evangelists then and now. Burt Lancaster's role in the 1960 movie does justice to the character but truncates most of the novel. Well worth the listener's time, this book opened up the world of Sinclair Lewis for me. I cannot say enough good things about Anthony Heald's performance. Five-stars all the way.
I have previously enjoyed Anthony Heald reading The House of the Seven Gables, but this reading of Elmer Gantry is a work of art in itself. Both the reading and the writing are a "revelation".
Say something about yourself!
I have seen this classic movie a few times so when the book was on sale I decided to give it a try... glad I did. The book is so much more than what was in the movie. Excellent book would definitely recommend.
Sinclair Lewis' Elmer Gantry was wonderfully portrayed by Anthony Heald. The despicable Brother/Reverend/Doctor Gantry tarnishes everyone he touches as he moves through his wretched life. Lewis displays his masterful talent and even pokes fun at himself.