Godric
ISBN: 0060611626
EAN13: 9780060611620
Language: English
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
Frederick Buechner's Godric retells the life of Godric of Finchale, a twelfth-century English holy man whose projects late in life included that of purifying his moral ambition of pride...Sin, spiritual yearning, rebirth, fierce asceticism--these hagiographic staples aren't easy to revitalize but Frederick Buechner goes at the task with intelligent intensity and a fine readiness to invent what history doesn't supply. He contrives a style of speech for his narrator--Godric himself--that's brisk and tough-sinewed...He avoids metaphysical fiddle, embedding his narrative in domestic reality--familiar affection, responsibilities, disasters...All on his own, Mr. Buechner has managed to reinvent projects of self-purification and of faith as piquant matter for contemporary fiction in a book] notable for literary finish...Frederick Buechner is a very good writer indeed. -- Benjamin DeMott, The New York Times Book Review From the book's opening sentence...and sensible reader will be caught in Godric 's grip... Godric glimmers brightly. -- Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek Godric is a memorable book...a marvelous gem of a book...destined to become a classic of its kind. -- Michael Heskett, Houston Chronicle In the extraordinary figure of Godric, both stubborn outsider and true child of God, both worldly and unworldly, Frederick Buechner has found an ideal means of exploring the nature of spirituality. Godric is a living battleground where God fights it out with the world, the Flesh, and the Devil. -- London Times Literary Supplement Wityh a poet's sensibly and a high reverent fancy, Frederick Buechner paints a memorable portrait. -- Edmund Fuller, The Wall Street Journal
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover 'In the extraordinary figure of Godric, both stubborn outsider and true child of God, both worldly and unworldly, Buechner has found an ideal means of exploring the nature of spirituality. Godric is a living battleground where God fights it out with the world, the Flesh, and the Devil.' -London Times Literary Supplement