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Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
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Aug 31, 12

Read from August 18 to 31, 2012

"Divided, they were comparatively feeble; united, they would represent thirty million Protestant church-goers; they would have such a treasury and such a membership that they would no longer have to coax Congress and the state legislatures into passing moral legislation, but in a quiet way they would merely state to the representatives of the people what they wanted, and get it."

Frightening then, frightening now.

It was written in 1926 and banned in Boston. No surprise as "Elmer Gantry" highlights the hypocrisy of an evangelical preacher and his rise to fame. Lewis spears organized religion throughout and throws darts at politics, too. Sadly, this is all too relevant today.

Written nearly 100 years ago, I found the contemporary slang and references off-putting. There were too many lists of books, periodicals, hymns, etc. that became redundant and annoying. The book had been on my "to read" list for ages and now I can cross it off.
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