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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2022, 04:26:50 PM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
 

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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2022, 07:51:18 PM »
It is strange. Francis daily uses a worn Latin Breviary, likely dating his early abortive priestly studies in the 50s, not his Jesuit period as they not traditional have the Office as an obligation and his reading seems good and reasonable, yet all the blasphemies and perv protection?
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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2022, 08:04:32 PM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
Is that book worth reading for somebody who has plenty of books in their backlog already?
 

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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2022, 08:12:39 PM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
Is that book worth reading for somebody who has plenty of books in their backlog already?

It's ok but hardly anything spectacular. I'd say you could safely skip it over.
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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2022, 03:08:34 AM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
Is that book worth reading for somebody who has plenty of books in their backlog already?

It's ok but hardly anything spectacular. I'd say you could safely skip it over.

I liked it, years ago (I liked other books of Robert Hugh Benson more, such as "Come Rack, Come Rope", which went back in time to Catholic Martyrs in England).

Read this article for another appraisal:  crisismagazine.com/2012/the-lord-of-the-world, so that you have more to go on.  Pope Benedict/Ratzinger referred to it! This article made it sound worth reading again.
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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2022, 08:38:10 PM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
Is that book worth reading for somebody who has plenty of books in their backlog already?

It's ok but hardly anything spectacular. I'd say you could safely skip it over.

I liked it, years ago (I liked other books of Robert Hugh Benson more, such as "Come Rack, Come Rope", which went back in time to Catholic Martyrs in England).

Read this article for another appraisal:  crisismagazine.com/2012/the-lord-of-the-world, so that you have more to go on.  Pope Benedict/Ratzinger referred to it! This article made it sound worth reading again.

Lol, how everyone's tastes are different. I had to read a few of Benson's books in school (OLVS) and thought that they were all sappy, sentimental trash. I read Lord of the World on my own time and found it mildly ok.
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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2022, 05:50:54 AM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
Is that book worth reading for somebody who has plenty of books in their backlog already?

I thought it was very good. Granted, a priest writing about romantic interests (a married couple) is blah but the view of the society as it descends into darkness is very thought-provoking, especially given where we are today.
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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2022, 10:34:27 AM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
Is that book worth reading for somebody who has plenty of books in their backlog already?
Nah, it won't blow you away.  I would read The Jesuits by Malachi Martin instead.

edit: oops for good storytelling, Fatherr Elijah by Michael O'Brien.
 
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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2022, 10:29:24 PM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
Is that book worth reading for somebody who has plenty of books in their backlog already?
Nah, it won't blow you away.  I would read The Jesuits by Malachi Martin instead.

edit: oops for good storytelling, Fatherr Elijah by Michael O'Brien.

Melkor says nah to book and gets no thanks. Elizabeth says the same thing and the ladies are thanking her? I see what’s going on. 😉
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"Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented." G.K. Chesterton

"Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill." Jesus Christ
 
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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2022, 04:45:28 AM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
Is that book worth reading for somebody who has plenty of books in their backlog already?
Nah, it won't blow you away.  I would read The Jesuits by Malachi Martin instead.

edit: oops for good storytelling, Fatherr Elijah by Michael O'Brien.

Melkor says nah to book and gets no thanks. Elizabeth says the same thing and the ladies are thanking her? I see what’s going on. 😉

hahaha

Well, she mentioned the book, Father Elijah, too which I've read and liked.  ::)
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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2022, 11:21:16 AM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
Is that book worth reading for somebody who has plenty of books in their backlog already?
Nah, it won't blow you away.  I would read The Jesuits by Malachi Martin instead.

edit: oops for good storytelling, Fatherr Elijah by Michael O'Brien.

Melkor says nah to book and gets no thanks. Elizabeth says the same thing and the ladies are thanking her? I see what’s going on. 😉
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Re: Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2022, 06:36:46 PM »
Bwahaha, the article says Lord of The World is one of his favorite books.   8)
Is that book worth reading for somebody who has plenty of books in their backlog already?
Nah, it won't blow you away.  I would read The Jesuits by Malachi Martin instead.

edit: oops for good storytelling, Fatherr Elijah by Michael O'Brien.
The Jesuits is a great read.
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