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Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa…

Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)

by Willa Cather

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    The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich (noveltea)
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    The Professor's House by Willa Cather (shaunie)
    shaunie: If you enjoy Cather's wonderful writing this is just as well written and has a much more enthralling story.
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    Lamy of Santa Fe by Paul Horgan (inge87)
    inge87: Biography of the real-life Jean Marie Latour — Archbishop Lamy

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them Catholics 'il get you ( )
  gturkington | Feb 18, 2019 |
This is my second Cather and while I thourhly enjoyed , this title was disappointing. It should not have as it was full of history of New Mexico and Arizona following their annexation from Mexico.

The narrative follows the trials and tribulations of two French Roman Catholic priests who have been assigned by Rome to save the Church from Protestants but more importantly from the decadence that has seeped into after years of neglect a Church leadership in Mexico. On arrival they find preists with concubines and children plus stealing from their flocks to enrich themselves.

Father Latour and his colleague, Father Valliannt minister a flock spread over thousands of miles and accessible only by horseback. Their parisoners include wealthy Spanish, indiginous tribes including Hopi and Navaho and American farmers. If lack of water in desert travels or bitterly cold in winter does not kill them, armed robbers or angry natives may.

Why do I not like this novel? Maybe it's the 1920's language that is full of description that adds little to the narrative. Reminds me of some of Zane Grey's weaker titles. ( )
  lamour | Jan 19, 2019 |
Well-written with occasional ethical interest, but not particularly interesting. ( )
  amandrake | Jan 16, 2019 |
Death Comes for the Archbishop. In The Best Works of Willa Cather. 1927 I read this book 12 or so years ago and just finished re-reading it for DIPSO, our book club. I enjoyed it the first time and the second time. This is strange because I have never been that interested in the Southwest, and I don’t go out of my way to read books with lots of nature descriptions. It is a novel of the lives of Catholic priests who came to New Mexico after the Mexican American War. The descriptions of the Southwest landscape were mesmerizing and I thought of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings while I was reading. Cather does not neglect to mention the violence and mistreatment of the Indians and Mexicans by some of the priests, but her accounts of the good priests and the positive things they did are heartwarming. The hardships the priests and the indigenous people endured were heart breaking. The perseverance of the priests is a testament to the strong faith they had ( )
  judithrs | Jan 2, 2019 |
Dull. ( )
  breic | Dec 30, 2018 |
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Each event in this book is concrete, yet symbolic, and opens into living myth. The reader is invited to contemplate the question: What is a life well lived? This question is asked in a story so fine it brings the old words “wisdom” and “beauty” to life again.

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One summer evening in the year 1848, three Cardinals and a missionary Bishop from America were dining together in the gardens of a villa in the Sabine hills, overlooking Rome.
But in reality the Bishop was not there at all [on his sickbed, in his wandering imagination]; he was standing in a tip-tilted green field among his native mountains, and he was trying to give consolation to a young man who was being torn in two before his eyes by the desire to go and the necessity to stay. He was trying to forge a new Will in that devout and exhausted priest; and the time was short, for the diligence for Paris was already rumbling down the mountain gorge.
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One summer evening in the year of 1848 three Cardinals and a missionary, dining in a villa near Rome, decide the fate of a simple parish priest, the Frenchman Jean Marie Latour. He is to go to New Mexico to win for Catholicism the South-West of America, a country where the Faith has slumbered for centuries. There, together with his old friend Father Vaillant, Latour makes his home. To the carnelian hills and ochre-yellow deserts of this almost pagan land he brings the refined traditions of French culture and Christian belief. Slowly, gently he reforms and revivifies, after forty years of love and service achieving a final reconciliation between his faith and the sensual peasant people of New Mexico: a harmony embodied in the realisation of his most cherished dream - a Romanesque cathedral, carved from the Mexican rock, gold as sunlight.
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Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.

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The story of a French priest who goes to New Mexico and with another priest win the southwest for the Catholic Church. After forty years, he dies--the archbishop of Santa Fe.

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