Brideshead Revisited. Never gets dull. Always more there to make me marvel. I wish I could know I would end up more like Cordelia...
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?"
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.
The Book of the New SunGene Wolfe.In fact, anything by Gene Wolfe.
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.
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.
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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