The Bishop's Man
Father Duncan MacAskill has spent most of his priesthood as the “Exorcist”an enforcer employed by his bishop to discipline wayward priests and suppress potential scandal. He knows all of the devious ways that lonely priests persuade themselves that their needs trump their vows, but he’s... show more
Father Duncan MacAskill has spent most of his priesthood as the “Exorcist”an enforcer employed by his bishop to discipline wayward priests and suppress potential scandal. He knows all of the devious ways that lonely priests persuade themselves that their needs trump their vows, but he’s about to be sorely tested himself.While sequestered by his bishop in a small rural parish to avoid an impending public controversy, Duncan must confront the consequences of past cover-ups and the suppression of his own human needs. Pushed to the breaking point by loneliness, tragedy, and sudden self-knowledge, Duncan discovers how hidden obsessions and guilty secrets either find their way to the light of understanding or poison any chance we have for love and spiritual peace.
Publish date: October 1st 2010
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Canadian Literature
Series: The Cape Breton Trilogy, (#2)
This is solid, psychologically sound and surprisingly good fiction from an author who's made his name as a journalist, and who, moreover, chose a ripped-from-the-headlines theme for his 2009 novel. He writes as his protagonist a senior Roman Catholic priest in eastern Canada, whose career has been t...
Book 2 in the Cape Breton trilogySynopsis is mainly taken from Wikipedia and expended with my own thoughtsThe story follows the life of a Catholic priest named Duncan MacAskill. In the 1970s MacAskill convinced a rural Nova Scotia priest who impregnated his own housekeeper to quickly move to Toronto...
A very well written examination of how different people deal with that which haunts them. I found the writing engaging and very visual. Excellent book.
Father MacAskill is known as 'The Exorcist' as it's his job to deal with instances of child-abuse and priests that break their vows of celibacy. Directed to keep such events hidden from the eyes of the media and the world, he becomes an expert in shunting priests sideways to other parishes and pers...
A quick and gut-reaction 5 stars. It took me at least half-way through to figure out what he was doing, and to shed the preconceptions of what I thought this book was going to be. The last 10050 pages are masterful. _______________________[later]This turned out to be a different novel, a better n...