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Black Robe (Paladin Books) (original 1985; edition 1987)

by Brian Moore

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Title:Black Robe (Paladin Books)
Authors:Brian Moore
Info:Flamingo (1987), Paperback, 224 pages
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Black Robe is a fantastic novel. Father Lafourge is a French Jesuit in early 17th Century Canada who goes "up river" into the dark forests of Quebec. What he finds there tests his faith. According to Moore, what interested him is "the moment in which one's illusions are shattered and one has to live without the faith .. which originally sustained them." It has elements of Heart of Darkness or Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God. It is both realistic and historically accurate, but also dreamlike and transcendent. ( )
  Stbalbach | Jul 7, 2016 |
Brian Moore captures the emotional anguish of a priest in a crisis of faith surprisingly well for a journey narrative. It was well written, full of incredible metaphors and parallels that make you look past the culture clash and see, instead, the shared humanity of very different people. That being said, I read it for a class and really didn't anticipate how graphic some of the torture scenes were - it was pretty traumatizing. still a better way to spend my night than watching the grammy's, though. ( )
  suttonrl | Mar 31, 2016 |
Brian Moore captures the emotional anguish of a priest in a crisis of faith surprisingly well for a journey narrative. It was well written, full of incredible metaphors and parallels that make you look past the culture clash and see, instead, the shared humanity of very different people. That being said, I read it for a class and really didn't anticipate how graphic some of the torture scenes were - it was pretty traumatizing. still a better way to spend my night than watching the grammy's, though. ( )
  suttonrl | Mar 31, 2016 |
In "Black Robe" we have the starkly told, straightforward story of a Jesuit missionary in 18th cenury Canada. It has realistic descriptions of the horrors faced by native and European alike. Our eponymous hero has a rough time with, if not a crisis of, faith, as the cultures clash.

I don't know if I would recommend this book. It is told with sparse description, which is perhaps proper given the milieu. There are graphic descriptions of cruelty - torture and death - the brutality that arises when cultures butt heads against each other.

http://bassoprofundo1.blogspot.com/2010/07/black-robe-by-brian-moore.html ( )
  LukeS | Apr 11, 2009 |
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