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They Call Me Carpenter

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"They Call Me Carpenter" by Upton Sinclair is a thought-provoking and timely novel that delves into complex themes about religion, power, and social justice. The story follows a mysterious stranger who arrives in a small California town and begins performing miracles, leading many to believe he is the second coming of Christ.

Sinclair's writing is both poetic and political, as he uses the Carpenter character to challenge societal norms and critique the hypocrisy of organized religion. The novel forces readers to confront their own beliefs and biases, while also exploring the power dynamics at play in a community where faith and skepticism clash.

The characters are richly developed and the plot moves at a steady pace, keeping readers engaged until the poignant and impactful conclusion. Overall, "They Call Me Carpenter" is a compelling and thought-provoking read that will linger in the minds of readers long after they finish the final page.

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The story takes place in the fictional city of Western City circa 1920. It begins with a man named Billy who is attacked by a mob of ex-servicemen outside a theater after watching a German film. Billy stumbles into a church to escape the mob and is visited by Carpenter, that is Jesus, who walks out of the stained glass window of the church. Carpenter is shocked and appalled by his observations of greed, selfishness, lust, sorrow, and the ultimate division between rich and poor. The story then roughly follows the ministry of Jesus.

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