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Catholic fiction?
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:09:21 AM »
Anybody have any recommendations? Like I need any more books to read, but that's beside the point.  ;) I've already read In This House of Brede, but there has to be more out there.
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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2019, 08:28:03 AM »
Walker Percy. Flannery O'Connor. C.S. Lewis. LOTR or most Tolkein.
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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2019, 09:01:56 AM »
Taylor Caldwell, Dear and Glorious Physician, it's about St Luke.
Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel
Louis de Wohl, several historical fiction novels
Chesterton, The Man Who Knew Too Much
Ralph McInerney, The Father Dowling series
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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2019, 10:38:31 AM »
Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel

There are several of the Pimpernel books out there... .
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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2019, 10:40:43 AM »
Anything by Evelyn Waugh
Diary of a Country Priest
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Canticle for Leibowitz
Remembrance of Things Past (1st volume)
 
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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2019, 11:23:48 AM »
Walter Macken’s Irish trilogy.
 

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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2019, 01:53:32 PM »
Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel

There are several of the Pimpernel books out there... .

Yes, but they became formulaic, imo...
In conclusion, I can leave you with no better advice than that given after every sermon by Msgr Vincent Giammarino, who was pastor of St Michael’s Church in Atlantic City in the 1950s:

    “My dear good people: Do what you have to do, When you’re supposed to do it, The best way you can do it,   For the Love of God. Amen.”
 

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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2019, 01:56:34 PM »
Anything by Evelyn Waugh
Diary of a Country Priest
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Canticle for Leibowitz
Remembrance of Things Past (1st volume)

Canticle for Leibowitz, first 1/3 was interesting/amusing, I felt the middle 1/3 kind of dragged, the last 1/3 was amazing.

And for people of French Canadian descent, Shadows on the Rock was wonderful.
In conclusion, I can leave you with no better advice than that given after every sermon by Msgr Vincent Giammarino, who was pastor of St Michael’s Church in Atlantic City in the 1950s:

    “My dear good people: Do what you have to do, When you’re supposed to do it, The best way you can do it,   For the Love of God. Amen.”
 

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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2019, 02:00:48 PM »
Walter Macken’s Irish trilogy.

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Walter Macken was born in Galway in 1915. He was a writer of short stories, novels and plays. Originally an actor, principally with the Taibhdhearc in Galway, and The Abbey Theatre, he played lead roles on Broadway in M. J. Molloy's The King of Friday's Men and his own play Home Is the Hero. He also acted in films, notably in Arthur Dreifuss' adaptation of Brendan Behan's The Quare Fellow. He is perhaps best known for his trilogy of Irish historical novels Seek the Fair Land, The Silent People and The Scorching Wind. He passed away in 1967.
In conclusion, I can leave you with no better advice than that given after every sermon by Msgr Vincent Giammarino, who was pastor of St Michael’s Church in Atlantic City in the 1950s:

    “My dear good people: Do what you have to do, When you’re supposed to do it, The best way you can do it,   For the Love of God. Amen.”
 

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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2019, 02:12:38 PM »
Anything by Evelyn Waugh
Diary of a Country Priest
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Canticle for Leibowitz
Remembrance of Things Past (1st volume)

Canticle for Leibowitz, first 1/3 was interesting/amusing, I felt the middle 1/3 kind of dragged, the last 1/3 was amazing.

And for people of French Canadian descent, Shadows on the Rock was wonderful.

So what you’re saying is that the middle third needed a lightbulb moment. 
 
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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2019, 02:22:27 PM »
Anything by Evelyn Waugh
Diary of a Country Priest
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Canticle for Leibowitz
Remembrance of Things Past (1st volume)

Canticle for Leibowitz, first 1/3 was interesting/amusing, I felt the middle 1/3 kind of dragged, the last 1/3 was amazing.

And for people of French Canadian descent, Shadows on the Rock was wonderful.

So what you’re saying is that the middle third needed a lightbulb moment.

Maybe it was there and I missed it. I don't know why I persevered but I'm glad I did.
In conclusion, I can leave you with no better advice than that given after every sermon by Msgr Vincent Giammarino, who was pastor of St Michael’s Church in Atlantic City in the 1950s:

    “My dear good people: Do what you have to do, When you’re supposed to do it, The best way you can do it,   For the Love of God. Amen.”
 

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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2019, 11:11:25 PM »
My local library happens to have nearly all the Louis de Wohl books.  I just ordered one based on the life of King David.  It should arrive tomorrow for me to pick up.  I definitely recommend them.
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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2019, 07:36:25 AM »
Anything by Evelyn Waugh
Diary of a Country Priest
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Canticle for Leibowitz
Remembrance of Things Past (1st volume)

Canticle for Leibowitz, first 1/3 was interesting/amusing, I felt the middle 1/3 kind of dragged, the last 1/3 was amazing.

And for people of French Canadian descent, Shadows on the Rock was wonderful.

So what you’re saying is that the middle third needed a lightbulb moment.

Maybe it was there and I missed it. I don't know why I persevered but I'm glad I did.

Think about the content of the middle of the book, and the invention therein. ;)
 
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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2020, 10:28:02 AM »
RA Lafferty was an American Catholic author of sci-fi and fantasy novels that contain Catholic themes. They are on the weird side and not for everyone, but why not give one a try? Past Master or The Devil is Dead are both good places to start.
 

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Re: Catholic fiction?
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2020, 02:06:47 PM »
Jose Gironella, "The Cypresses Believe in God", the most powerful novel of the Spanish Civil War.
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