Death Comes for the Archbishop
In 1851 Bishop Latour and his friend Father Valliant are despatched to New Mexico to reawaken its slumbering Catholicism. Moving along the endless prairies, Latour spreads his faith the only way he knows—gently, although he must contend with the unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes... show more
In 1851 Bishop Latour and his friend Father Valliant are despatched to New Mexico to reawaken its slumbering Catholicism. Moving along the endless prairies, Latour spreads his faith the only way he knows—gently, although he must contend with the unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Over nearly 40 years, they leave converts and enemies, crosses, and occasionally ecstasy in their wake. But it takes a death for them to make their mark on the landscape forever.
Publish date: September 1st 2006
Publisher: Virago UK
Pages no: 237
Edition language: English
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This review was originally posted on amazon on April 1, 2005. This book remains one of my favorite books of all time. I read this slender volume on the plane ride home from a trip to Disneyland. It was a perfect antidote to the crowded modernity and garish consumerism of a theme park. I read an ar...
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I had to re-read this so I could give it back to Michael. I also promised him I'd do penance by giving him a copy of RLP's Turtles All the Way Down. I have a couple extra copies of that.This book is in essence a series of short stories built around the life of a French Catholic missionary bishop who...
Uggg. I shelved this one. I couldn't drag myself to read one more line. I was painful and boring.