They Call Me Carpenterby Upton Sinclair
Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. (1878 - 1968), was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). It exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. 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. Four years after the initial publication of The Brass Check, the first code of ethics for journalists was created Time magazine called him "a man with every gift except humor and silence." In 1943, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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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.
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!
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.