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Elmer Gantry

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I'm doing my honest best trying to procrastinate from studying for my OT final tomorrow. I started reading Elmer Gantry this month (I'm interested in reading stories about clergy - Gilead, Book of Bebb, Diary of a Country Priest, etc...) and it has certainly been the funniest novel I've read all year. It tells the tale of a drunk and womanizer who becomes a Baptist minister. I'm only about 25-33% through so I still don't know all the details. What makes Elmer such a great character is that despite his profligacy, there seem to be real moments of earnest conviction; he's not a constant con man but his sincere revelations appear rare. It's fascinating seeing such a flawed character, particularly a minister. At the time the book was published (1927 or 1929 I believe) it caused controversy. 

 

I'm wondering if anyone knows how it compares to the film based on the novel starring Burt Lancaster?

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