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Elders: A Novel - Ryan McIlvain
Elders: A Novel
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A glorious debut that T.C. Boyle calls "powerful and deeply moving" that follows two young Mormon missionaries in Brazil and their tense, peculiar friendship.Elder McLeod—outspoken, surly, a brash American—is nearing the end of his mission in Brazil. For nearly two years he has spent his days... show more
A glorious debut that T.C. Boyle calls "powerful and deeply moving" that follows two young Mormon missionaries in Brazil and their tense, peculiar friendship.Elder McLeod—outspoken, surly, a brash American—is nearing the end of his mission in Brazil. For nearly two years he has spent his days studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon, knocking on doors, teaching missionary lessons—“experimenting on the word.” His new partner is Elder Passos, a devout, ambitious Brazilian who found salvation and solace in the church after his mother’s early death. The two men are at first suspicious of each other, and their work together is frustrating, fruitless. That changes when a beautiful woman and her husband offer the missionaries a chance to be heard, to put all of their practice to good use, to test the mettle of their faith.  But before they can bring the couple to baptism, they must confront their own long-held beliefs and doubts, and the simmering tensions at the heart of their friendship.             A novel of unsparing honesty and beauty, Elders announces Ryan McIlvain as a writer of enormous talent.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307955692 (0307955699)
Publisher: Hogarth
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
3.0
The plot isn't particularly compelling. It's a lot of mission-speak and knocking on doors and arguing over church doctrine. But McIlvain writes well, and the book is interesting if you look at it from a non-fiction perspective. Elder McLeod, the doubter, is probably a pretty close match for the auth...
Everyday Rowena
Everyday Rowena rated it
3.0
This book was a bit slow in places but overall, the actual story about two young men serving their missions a part from their families was interesting. Elders McLeod and Passos were two young guys trying to find their way and deal with their lives and their faith made me want to keep reading.Both o...
River City Reading
River City Reading rated it
4.0
Seeing as we're going with a religious theme here, let me start with a confession: I totally judge books by their covers and Elders is a prime example. I think this cover is brilliant. So, does the novel live up to the cover? It comes pretty close. Elders follows McLeod and Passos, a pair of Mormon ...
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