They Call Me Carpenter - A Novel of the Second Coming

They Call Me Carpenter - A Novel of the Second Coming

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Scanned, proofed and corrected from the original magazine edition for enjoyable reading. (Worth every penny spent!)


Could this ebook edition represent the very First Edition?

Technically this would be incorrect although Zero Edition may be more accurate since it was initially serialized by Hearst magazine before being a Mass-Market product.

We, the publisher must bring to your attention that this edition contains many textual differences as compared to the Mass-Market Volume and also includes many surrealistic illustrations by Lucius Wolcott Hitchcock.


If, as a writer, one cannot please everyone, one might as well get everyone excited!

Case in point: "They Call Me Carpenter" by Upton Sinclair.

And depending on ones political/religious vantage point, the novel nontheless produces either ire or joy.

Below are, for your perusal are diametrical opinions of this work:

Life, Volume 80:

"What was much better done by Mrs. E. Linton in "Joshua Davidson," the story of an effort to make a practical application of Christian principles of conduct to the affairs of every-day life, has been attempted by Mr. Upton Sinclair. His unfitness for the task he has undertaken was shown by his utter failure to grasp the essential truths of the Gospels, when in criticizing a Christian newspaper he poked fun at its belief "that Hunger can be relieved by Thinking." To the Sinclair mind this is nonsense, whereas it is exactly the way in which hunger can be relieved. That only by right thinking that leads to wise action can the problem of lack of food for those willing to work be solved, does not seem to have occurred to this professed economist. The class to which he appeals do not want to think. As Dan Beard says, "thinking hurts most people's heads."

"Denunciation of the vices and extravagances of the rich is much easier than believe that scolding the rich will in some way ameliorate the condition of the poor. In style and construction it was well suited to the Hearst magazine in which it was first published."

The Interior, Volume 53:

"Upton Sinclair calls Christ the world's greatest revolutionary martyr. Furthermore, by a mere transition of some 2,000 years and by a series of incidents, absolutely literal translations of Christ's life, transplanted to America today, Sinclair proves his point. In doing so he has written a novel that provokes more than the ordinary amount of thought. True, it is highly sensational. But Christ was a tremendous sensation in his own day. Mobs, big, little, friendly, ugly, attentive and jeering play a conspicuous part. Much of the color and action of the story is most adroitly combined with dissertations by the author on modern problems. In spite of them, not because of them, the scenes are lastingly impressive. The characterization of Christ under modern conditions is at all times dominant, to which brief flashes of the four apostles provide an interesting background, the apostles coming from various types of modern men. It is interesting to note that the author is so dubious of general knowledge of the Bible that he considers it necessary to prevent readers thinking the novel a joke.

"People who enjoy Sinclair's vigorous style and direct way of getting at things will like this book, and many who do not approve will read. Who has not wondered what Jesus would do if he should reappear in the world to-day? What would he say and do in the midst of a society moved and influenced by high finance, trades unions, form worship, jazz, movies, radio, autos and flying machines? Sinclair dares to picture his return and has done so in a more reverential way than might have been expected of him. Manifestly the author has tried very hard to be fair in placing criticisms in the mouth of the Great Teacher. The book is a timely one, has a large circulation, and will exerted influence."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012986191
Publisher: OGB
Publication date: 09/08/2011
Series: Hearst International , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 884 KB

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