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Three Cheers for the Paraclete (1968)

by Thomas Keneally

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Some of the brilliant descriptions of Ecclesiatical institutional interiors --especially the quality of the light-- perfectly signify the mood and tone. Some of the 'set pieces' which James Maitland, in turn, confronts seem rather staged, and, at first sight, somewhat dated 40 yrs later. But some do not, and the general tension between eternal verities and a drift to modernism still persist, as any modern Roman Catholic journal testifies. It is hard to imagine any Catholic Bishop these days acting like like 'His Grace', but not impossible. I began to read this in the 70s when I first bought it, and never got anywhere. Perhaps I wasn't ready for it then. This time I read it through in a day, without stopping. ( )
  ChrisSterry | Jul 15, 2010 |
A kind of Lucky Jim for Australian catholics, this is a story of young priest trying to come to fit his own idea of his relationship to God with the institutional ideas that his elders want him to have. An enjoyable book, but not as good as Bring Larks and Heroes. ( )
  joe1402 | Feb 13, 2009 |
Miles Franklin Award winner 1968. Funny, warm and bitter. The experience of a priest in a religious community where tradition and canon law are ill equipped to deal with human failings.

One of the 2008 reprints of recent Australian writing from Vintage classics. ( )
  merry10 | Apr 28, 2008 |
I've never been a great fan of Tom Keneally's work. This one though is worth a read, even though it''s a bit dated. The story turns around a rebellious young priest who's a pretty flawed character, and his interactions with other priests at different levels of the church hierarchy. Since most of them have as many or more defects there's scope for some thought provoking exchanges. Some of the theology is a bit heavy going, but the basic issues about the catholic church and its relevance (or otherwise) in society still strike a chord. ( )
  broughtonhouse | Mar 21, 2008 |
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From the moment he allows his young cousin and bride to spend the night in his room, Father Maitland causes raised eyebrows and dark mutterings amongst the brothers at St Peter's. Time and again his efforts to do the right thing for his fellow men lead him into conflict with his superiors and the immutable laws of the church - a conflict which ultimately threatens to destroy him both as a priest and as a man. Thomas Keneally's darkly satirical novel, which won him his second successive Miles Franklin Award resounds with intellect and humour.… (more)

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