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Godric A Novel Read & Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à ❴Read❵ ➲ Godric A Novel Author Frederick Buechner – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 morF a bookdestined to become a classic of its kind Michael Heskett Houston ChronicleIn 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 SupplementWith a poet's sensibly and a high reverent fancy Frederick Buechner paints a memorable portrait Edmund Fuller The Wall Street Journal. A game changer

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Iddle embedding his narrative in domestic reality familiar affection responsibilities disastersAll on his own Mr Buechner has managed to reinvent projects of self purification and of faith as piuant matter for contemporary fiction in a book notable for literary finishFrederick Buechner is a very good writer indeed Benjamin DeMott The New York Times Book ReviewFrom the book's opening sentenceand sensible reader will be caught in Godric's gripGodric glimmers brightly Peter S Prescott NewsweekGodric is a memorable booka marvelous gem o. I found the review below this weekend and was reminded how great Godric is and how even though I really like A Confederacy of Dunces this is a better book and should have won the Pulitzer that year And that last year I decided to add this to my read yearly list So here we gohttpdgmyersblogspotcom201005g61412 Looking at what I wrote last year after my yearly reread of Godric it strikes me as odd that I was and still am to some extent upset by the results of a Pulitzer prize contest that happened when I was 5 It is a great book though

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Godric A NovelFrederick Buechner's Godric retells the life of Godric of Finchale a twelfth century English holy man whose projects late in life included Godric A PDF that of purifying his moral ambition of prideSin 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 sinewedHe avoids metaphysical f. Godric was leant to me by a friend but it sat on the shelf for almost a year awaiting a breach in my perpetual reading list Recently I was ready to just give it back without reading because I had held on to it so long but an endorsement on the back cover caught my eye literally moments before I handed it back “From the book’s opening sentenceany sensible reader will be caught in Godric’s grip” Peter Prescott Newsweek Well that sounded like a challenge “Five friends I had and two of them snakes” Upon reading that first line I was skewered like a live pig but suealing thenceforward with delight through the rest of book Frederick Buechner truly writes with a masterful literary and poetic uality It was irreverent but wonderfully so for it happened to balance out the sense of histrionic piety throughout other parts of the book It was hilarious crude and beautiful at the same time Some of the lines made me blush in modesty “My bullocks shriveled to beansize in their sack and old One eye scarce a barnacle’s length clear of my belly and crying a mercy” Some lines struck me dumb with awe “‘Hold fast to Christ’ I said and she to me ‘In Hell you are the only Christ I have’” It is raw and witty “He prayed to a God he must have hoped by then ruled elsewhere than the carcasses of mortal men” His prose sings “Why did we weep than anything I think we wept for us and so it is ever with tears Whatever be their outward cause within the chancel of the heart it’s we ourselves for whom they finally fall” He writes like he doesn’t have to work hard at it It flows too naturally to have been under stylistic duress of any kind and I imagine this sort of writing would have eventually unraveled had its author been overly cognizant of his own gifting It pays tribute to its medieval theme a middle ages saint yet it speaks with a modern poignancy and timeless relevance You have to be vigilant reading this book especially at first The meaning of a sentence will suddenly leap and twist mid sentence to double back on itself with another ending than you anticipated He brilliantly evades clichés and predictable interpretations of his characters If you place yourself in the shoes of the much derided Reginald Godric’s biographer you’d get a good feel for how Buechner chafes at conventional interpretations of religion He does only as much as he has to in order to help the reader understand something but he leaves some experience raw and undefined out of the reach of a deconstructing desire to digest the universe and God almighty with it Buechner is content with not knowing some things even about God “He learned that it was Jesu saved him from the sea though saved him why or saved for what deep end he did not learn nor has he learned it to this day”The foibles of his saint Godric comes with its medieval share of disgusting habits a mystical view of nature and religion slavish self flagellation inflation of God’s wrath deflation of his mercy and a devaluation of self as a parasite that God tolerates In worshipful moments Godric slithers and moans like a man who has not yet learned that if a creature can out moral his God then by all appearances at least he has bested his God in the only way that counts The saint cowers because he has not yet realized that if God need defend his belt against us then we must be formidable challengers indeed Thus it is pride and not humility that envisions God as monster and we the despised worms between his toes over which he glowers in greed for his breath back I for one want no god who suffers my existence merely to pave his roads and bejewel his throne by my praise and groveling adoration Such a god would be in greater need of my charity than I his There are some truly tragic moments in this story spoiler alert I hate that Godric left De Granville’s pre pubescent wife to suffer the shame and torment of De Granville’s cruelty I hate that his friend Mouse died without knowing how much Godric cared I hate that Godric’s brother was so desperate for a soul tether but drowned while searching in the night for his sister I hate how Godric and his sister fell in love with each other but were doomed to never find social acceptance of their relationship But I hated with the author because I loved with him his story and his charactersClearly Buechner loves the tragic heroic story of humanity as dark as it is in some places But ‘from the slime all gods have risen’ and the author’s celebration of the triumph of love and truth shines through the blackest shadows of human history He loves mankind for what he is—sexual sinful self punishing dirty smelly starving for a laugh drowning in his tears And he loves mankind for what he can be “As a man dies many times before he’s dead so does he wend from birth to birth until by grace he comes alive at last” Make no mistake Godric may have been written as a period piece but it is reflective of Buechner’s own beliefs With all of Godric’s flaws he is still honest a character trait uite possibly prized by Buechner above every other value except courage and faith I have one uestion that remains after my first bump into Buechner have I discovered a living Lewis Methinks so