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They Call Me Carpenter

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

    Exposing evils in society through popular topics

    Such a good story by this muckraker! Sinclair is great at opening up the minds of his readers to allow for new absorption. He eloquently takes the reader through a visit from Jesus in the present day (of the early 1900s). This gives a thoughtful meaning to What Would Jesus Do? among so many other overlooked parts of history. Awesome first Sinclair book to start with, but I suggest that the reader dabble into more by this almost California governor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    Makes you think!

    What an interesting depiction of the life of Jesus Christ! In They Call Me Carpenter Jesus comes back to Los Angeles and is mortified by the emergence of violence and hatred. I liked this book very much because I believe if Jesus was to come back today he would feel the same as Upton Sinclair predicted 85 years ago!

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

    They Call Me Carpenter

    They Call Me Carpenter tells the story of Jesus Christ reappearing in America in 1920s. He appears to an affluent member of Southern California society, Billy, and is exposed in great lengths to the media empire. Upton Sinclair¿s true Progressivism came to light because he mentioned how many American were still suffering. This is vintage Sinclair because he talks at length about the Mexican immigrants who live in the slums, and how the death of a Mexican child was relatively meaningless in 1920s American society. While Carpenter was fiction, it expressed many of the Progressive ideals. It was, however, a morbid feeling when Jesus abandoned us. This was an interesting depiction because we see Christ as an archetype of selflessness, and the fact that he gave up on the 1920, media obsessed, Southern California is very disheartening.

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