They Call Me Carpenter: A Tale of the Second Coming

They Call Me Carpenter: A Tale of the Second Coming

by Upton Sinclair

(1878-1968), was a prolific American author who wrote over 90 books in many genres and was widely considered to be one of the best investigators advocating socialist views and supporting anarchist causes.

He gained particular fame for his 1906 novel The Jungle, which dealt with conditions in the U.

Originally projected as the opening book of a trilogy, the success of The Jungle caused him to drop his plans.

Sinclair created a socialist commune, named Helicon Hall Colony, in 1906 with proceeds from his novel The Jungle.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.69
  • Pages: 192
  • Publish Date: October 1st 2007 by Dodo Press
  • Isbn10: 1406553778
  • Isbn13: 9781406553772

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This book is a must read for anyone who claims christianity.

I was also surprised to learn that he wrote the book on which Disney based the film The Gnome-Mobile, a childhood favorite that almost no one seems to remember (I was even accused once of inventing it). Skal mentions that Sinclair's They Call Me Carpenter uses a movie theater showing of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari as a framing device. The book begins with the main character, Billy, attending a screening of Caligari"a futurist production, a strange, weird freak of the cinema art, supposed to be the nightmare of a madman"in the fictitious Western City, California in 1921. Do your people care enough about the life of art to take a risk of starving for it?" After seeing the film, Billy agrees with Henner's assessment that the film could not have been made America, as it is the product of "an old, perhaps an overripe culture"which is not to say he didn't enjoy it. Upton Sinclair may well have become aware of this event because of the fact that the replacement film was based on his own novel of the same name. (As a side note pertaining to my interest in lost films, no reels of The Money Changers are known to have survived.) After the riot, Billy takes refuge in a church, and here the novel changes into something I (perhaps stupidly) did not anticipate. I'd like to point out that I read this novel in e-book format, so I didn't have cover art as a clue, nor did my edition have the subtitle "a Tale of the Second Coming." Maybe "carpenter" should have made me take notice, but it's a common enough name. I was a tad disappointed that there wasn't a return at the end of the book to the Caligari exhibition, which I had presumed based on the use of the term "framing device." The term was used correctly, just differently than I'd anticipated (and perhaps that was just as stupid of me as being oblivious to the subject matter, as the ending seems like I should have seen it coming). (Sinclair, by the way, was surprised at the reaction to his most famous novel, which he had intended to point out the inhumane treatment of workers.

Sinclair's works are simplistic bludgeons but he doesn't employ the kind of dishonest straw men and pretentious claims of "true reason" the way Rand does. There is nothing outright dishonest about Sinclair's work but it is one-sided.

I love that the IWW is used to epitomize Christian teachings, we really are 'One Big Union'.

This book is already too much fun.

The main theme of Upton Sinclair's novel is how contrary today's society behaves to the Christian ideologies that it not only claims to uphold, but to have constructed itself upon its foundation. Carpenter eventually gets involved with the labor unions, which acts as the main catalyst for most of the conflict, and provokes the ire of local government officials and the industrial leaders that hold oligarchic control over them. The destructive potential of "yellow journalism" is also not a new subject for Sinclair, who wrote about it previous to They Call Me Carpenter (1922) in The Brass Check (1919), and would later find that weapon used against him during his run for Governor.

In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muckraking exposé of American journalism that publicized the issue of yellow journalism and the limitations of the free press in the United States.