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Conclave: The bestselling Richard and Judy…

Conclave: The bestselling Richard and Judy Book Club thriller (original 2016; edition 2017)

by Robert Harris (Author)

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Title:Conclave: The bestselling Richard and Judy Book Club thriller
Authors:Robert Harris (Author)
Info:Penguin (2017)
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Conclave by Robert Harris (2016)

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Jag har läst ett flertal av Robert Harris böcker men denna bok är en av de bästa av honom. Valet av en ny påve är något som påverkar miljoner människor och i denna bok får vi följa maktkampen mellan några kardinaler. Jag tycker inte att Konklaven är en thriller, visst den är spännande, men som bok ser jag den som en intrigerande mysteriebok. Det är inte så att kardinalerna blir mördade en efter en i det låsta rummet. Istället är det hemligheter som avslöjas, ambitiösa män som strävar efter att bli påve, men också tvivel och rättskaffenhet bland männen.

Konklaven är som bäst fram emot slutet, då är den svår att lägga ifrån sig. Resultaten i omröstningarna för den nya påven skiftar från gång till gång och slutet blir som jag misstänkte, fastän ändå. Ett perfekt slut!

I slutändan vill jag bara säga att Konklaven är en bok som ger en inblick i den katolska kyrkan och skeendet kring ett påveval. Men den visar också hur den moderna världen trycker på, både utifrån och inom de män som kämpar om att bli den nya påven. Nya tankar mot gamla traditioner. Boken är tänkvärd och mycket intressant och jag rekommenderar den varmt!

Tack till Bookmarks förlag för recensionsexemplaret!


I have read several of Robert Harris's books, but this book is one of the best he has written. The election of a new pope is something that affects millions of people and in this book, we follow the power struggle between some cardinals. I do not think Conclave is a thriller, sure it's gripping to read, but as a book, I see it more as an intriguing mystery book. It is not like the cardinals are murdered one by one in the locked room. Instead, secrets are revealed, there are ambitious men who strive to become the next pope, but there is also doubt and worthiness among the men.

However, it's towards the end that Conclave is the best, then it is hard to put the book away. The results in the polls for the new pope change from time to time and even though I long suspected the ending of the book was I not completely right. Still, it's a perfect end!

In the end, I just want to say that Conclave is a book that gives an insight into the Catholic Church and the election of a new pope. But, it also shows how the modern world is pushing its way into an old ritual. New ideas against old traditions. The book is memorable and very interesting and one that I recommend warmly!

Thanks to Bookmarks förlag for the review copy! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
Well written, but so full of set up that well, why bother. Too tricksey for me. ( )
  quondame | Nov 28, 2018 |
Probably controversial, so calm down:

I very much liked that the narriator was genuinely Christian in his habits and outlook. Many books dealing with the Papacy are not so generous to Princes of the Church. ( )
  CatherineBurkeHines | Nov 28, 2018 |
Brilliant! Absolutely riveting account of the inner workings of the Catholic Church during its most testing time - the election of a new Pope. Unlike previous novels about conclaves, there is no grand conspiracy or a threat to the world here, its presented as a fairly average conclave such as has happened twice so far in the 21st century. The protagonist is Cardinal Lomelli, Dean of the College of Cardinals, a conflicted individual agonising about the increasing guld between the progressives, led by his close friend Cardinal Bellini, and the arch-conservatives led by the aggressive Cardinal Tedesco. Further tension is provided by the French-Canadian Tremblay and the Nigerian Adeyma, both of who have big secrets to hide. To furtehr complicate matter, on the eve of the conclave it is revealed that there is a cardinal none of the others knew existed, the Archbishop of Baghdad, Vincent Benitez, created in secret by the previous pope. The tension mounts as the vote proceeds and clear favourites emerge only to falter as new secrets are revealed and Lomelli is forced to take action as the chequered pasts of the contenders emerge. There is a ripper of an ending that ultimately leaves the reader guessing what the final consequences of Lomelli's actions throughout the conclave. I read this book in two sittings, it was literally unputdownable. Just a great read. ( )
  drmaf | Oct 8, 2018 |
I had mixed feeling regarding Conclave. When I first started reading the novel, I was very intrigued. When I saw that it was going to be about a conclave to elect a new pope, I figured the setting would be somewhere around the Middle Ages, since novels about the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church tend to be set many centuries ago. After realizing that it was set in modern times, I was hooked. I like the first half of the book. As the characters were being introduced, and there was a great deal of wheeling and dealing, I thought it was pretty neat. It had a little Game of Thrones feel to it. The book steadily went downhill, and eventually came to a crashing, dumpster fire of an ending.

I thought this novel could have been so much better than it turned out to be. There was a sufficient amount of intrigue. The pace of the novel was good. Where the novel started going south for me was when it became heavy-handed with its politics. I get inundated with politics in my day to day life. I don’t need it when I’m reading fiction. In this book, every progressive Cardinal was a fantastic person who walked on water, and every traditional Cardinal was an evil, loathsome person. It became too much and it got worse as the novel progressed to the point where the entire novel became just about the author expressing his political views in the form of a fiction drama. Then came the trainwreck of the ending. It was so utterly preposterous and groan inducing that it just killed the novel. I won’t spoil it, but it was one of the most ridiculous endings to a novel that I could ever remember. Any shred of believability of credibility went out the window. This novel has some entertainment value, and if you’re reading strictly on that basis, then you may even enjoy it. If you want something a little deeper, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

Carl Alves – author of Battle of the Soul ( )
  Carl_Alves | Aug 20, 2018 |
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'I thought it wiser not to eat with the cardinals. I ate in my room. At the eleventh hour I was elected Pope. O Jesus, I too can say what Pius XII said when he was elected: "Have mercy on me, Lord, according to thy great mercy." One would say that it is like a dream and yet, until I die, it is the most solemn reality of all my life. So I'm ready, Lord, "to live and die with you ." About three hundred thousand people applauded me on St Peter's balcony.

The arc-lights prevented me from seeing anything other than a shapeless, heaving mass.'

'I was solitary before, but now my solitariness becomes complete and awesome. Hence the dizziness, like vertigo. Like a statue on a plinth—that is how I live now.'
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Even voor tweeën in de ochtend verliet kardinaal Lomeli zijn appartement in het Paleis van het Heilig Officie en liep haastig door de donkere kloostergangen van het Vaticaan naar het slaapvertrek van de paus.
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The best-selling author of Enigma and Fatherland turns to today's Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel, and gives us his most ambitious, page-turning thriller yet--where the power of God is nearly equaled by the ambition of men.

The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth.

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The Pope is dead. Behind locked doors of the Sistine chapel, 118 cardinals from around the world will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men, but they are men of the world, and they have rivals. And over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.… (more)

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