Friday, July 15, 2005

What's your favorite Catholic novel?

Amy Welborn is having a discussion of Catholic novels on her blog. Which one is your favorite? I think mine is Kristin Lavransdatter, which I first read many years ago. It's a great story of sin and redemption. What about yours?

7 comments:

Barbara said...

Brideshead Revisited. Never gets dull. Always more there to make me marvel. I wish I could know I would end up more like Cordelia...

40 said...

Love in the Ruins, Walker Percy
"Now in these dread latter days of the old violent beloved U.S.A. and of the Christ-forgetting Christ-haunted death-dealing Western world I came to myself in a grove of young pines and the question came to me: has it happened at last?"

RAP said...

It's probably not a GREAT Catholic novel, but I love Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly. I first read it as a sophomore in high school. It wasn't the story so much, but the character captivated me with his joyful love of God, his selfless concern for others, and his mystical prayer.

Anonymous said...

The Book of the New Sun

Gene Wolfe.
In fact, anything by Gene Wolfe.

Jack Bennett said...

Rap, I'm reading Mr. Blue RIGHT NOW (as part of my summer reading) and I'm loving it. I wish there were more J Blues in the world.

Jimmy Huck said...

I personally love all of Sigrid Undset's novels, but as a male, I guess I prefer The Master of Hestviken over Kristin Lavransdatter. However, as someone also educated by the Jesuits, I greatly appreciated James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, though I'm not sure one can call this rightfully a "catholic" novel.

Anonymous said...

Anything by Michael O'Brien! My favorites include Father Elijah, Strangers and Sojourners, The Plague Journal, and Eclipse of the Sun. The last 3 are a series and best read in the above order. You will love these novels! I'm excited to re-read them!

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