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The Bishop's Wife by Robert Nathan

The Bishop's Wife (original 1928; edition 2012)

by Robert Nathan

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Title:The Bishop's Wife
Authors:Robert Nathan
Info:Jeffrey Byron (2012), Edition: 1, Kindle Edition, 88 pages
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The Bishop's Wife by Robert Nathan (1928)



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This Christmas novella is more famous for the film adaptation starring David Niven as the bishop struggling to raise funds to repair his cathedral and Cary Grant as the angel who comes down to earth to support him. While that film is heart-warming and humorous, this book is both rather more earnest and more passionate, with theological discussions between Bishop Henry and the Angel Michael (who is appointed his archdeacon) and between the Bishop and his wife Julia, who feels trapped in a passionless marriage and is tempted into adultery with Michael. I was sorry to see some scenes from the film were not here, such as the ice-skating and the bit where Henry gets stuck in the millionairess's chair and the Angel softens her miserly heart by playing a harp tune that reminds her of a youthful romance. So a bit disappointing a read. 3/5 ( )
1 vote john257hopper | Dec 24, 2012 |
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This classic novel is the inspiration behind the beloved Christmas film of the same name starring Cary Grant and Loretta Young.Bishop Henry Brougham desperately wants to build a great cathedral for his overcrowded parish. The problem is he doesn't know how he will find a capable archdeacon to help fund the project. But that's not his only problem. Though his beautiful wife Julia fulfills her marital duties, there is no passion between them. When the bishop prays for help, it comes in the form of Michael, a handsome, golden-haired angel who takes the position of archdeacon. Michael exudes love, which draws new and unexpected emotions from Julia. However, Michael's limitless capacity for love is stifled by his mortal duties of manipulating money from wealthy religious patrons.With the holidays approaching, the bishop senses the mutual attraction between Julia and Michael. Will the purity of a divine love lure Julia away, or will her sense of marital duty prevail… (more)

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