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The diary of a country priest (original 1936; edition 1962)

by Georges Bernanos

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Title:The diary of a country priest
Authors:Georges Bernanos
Info:[New York] Macmillan, [1969, c1962]
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The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos (1936)



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Georges Bernanos is one of the greatest Catholic writers of the 20th Century and this book, winner of the 1936 Grand-Prix of the French Academy, is widely recognised as his masterpiece. A tale of a young, apparently inept parish priest in a remote French village, this is indeed a remarkable novel but not necessarily an enjoyable one. Difficult is what it certainly is. First of all because it reflects the contradictions of its author - a devout Catholic who could be outspokenly critical of the Church, a reactionary monarchist with socialist ideals, a supporter of De Gaulle who became disillusioned with post-war France. It is also difficult because, as its title implies, it expresses its (not always obvious) theological/philosophical message through the medium of a fictional diary - which means long monologues and reminiscences of dialogues between the protagonist and fellow clerics and/or parishioners. Bernanos provides no easy or convenient answers and, for a Catholic novel which ends on a note of hope, it has more than its fair share of existentialist angst. A challenging read, but a strangely captivating one. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Dec 20, 2014 |
1828 The Diary of a Country Priest, by Georges Bernanos translated from the French by Pamela Morris (read 22 Feb 1984) This was first published in English in 1937. I've heard of it for years and have finally read it. It tells the story of a young priest in France, who dies of cancer. Really quite moving, but of course not really current. ( )
  Schmerguls | Sep 22, 2008 |
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  sjmonson | Jul 13, 2008 |
I'll have to think on this book for a bit, and perhaps re-read large portions of it, before committing much to words of my own.

The book is a complicated one, even in its apparent simplicity, and treats numerous issues at once. The dialogues between its characters are dense and packed with meaning, the hero's narrative is equally tight.

Although the book began slowly, it began to grip me tightly after the first hundred pages or so, at which point the title character began to make more sense: he is humble, yet at once full of pride, a pride which pushes him closer and closer to martyrdom. His is a soul of true piety, yet there is something about him that draws him near to the atheists and other unbelievers he meets in his adventures. After all he is a simple person with an affinity for the simplest of human souls, the peasants of his native rural France.

As I mentioned above, to say more I'd have to re-read much of the book, especially the first hundred pages, which I'm sure would make much more sense to me now, having read the rest of the book. ( )
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Bernanos, Georgesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anhava, HelenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grande, AdrianoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kikket, KathyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kure, MasakazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morris, PamelaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rougeau, RémyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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An idealistic young Catholic priest in an isolated French village keeps a diary describing the unheroic suffering and the petty internal conflicts of his parish. This may sound like a thin plot for a novel, but Diary of a Country Priest, by George Bernanos, remains one of the 20th century's most vivid evocations of saintly life. First published in 1937, Bernanos's Diary describes a faithful man's experience of failure. In his diary, the priest records feelings of inferiority and sadness that he cannot express to his parishioners. And as he approaches death, from cancer, the priest's saintliness remains unclear to him, but becomes undeniable to the reader. "How easy it is to hate oneself! True grace is to forget. Yet if pride could die in us, the supreme grace would be to love oneself in all simplicity--as one would love any one of those who themselves have suffered and loved in Christ." --Michael Joseph Gross

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