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This creative retelling of a historical character #s life is robably the *Most Poetic Lyrical Prose * poetic lyrical rose ve ever read This is a story #life is To the Golden Shore probably the mostoetic lyrical Indulge (Warm Delicacy, prose I ve ever read This is a story a saint who knows he s a miserable sinner or about the ordinariness of those we call saints and therefore also about the saintliness of many who we believe to be merely ordinary What makes aerson a saint Perhaps nothing than that they never give up the struggle to fight against the sin inside and cry out to God Tabloid City perpetually for his mercy Rabbit Room review here Kirkus Review here Poetic Spirituality review here Hermitary review here Captain Thin review here A Commonplace Blog review here Edoardo Albert review here See Nathan Kilpatrick s article The giving and taking of wounds Friendship and hagiography in Frederick Buechner s Godric in Christianity Literature 654 Sept 2016 455 72 Fascin Godric was leant to me by a friend but it sat on the shelf for almost a year awaiting a breach in myerpetual reading list Recently I was ready to just give it back without reading because I had held on to it so long but an endorsement on the back cover caught my eye literally moments before I handed it back From the book s opening sentenceany sensible reader will be caught in Godric s grip Peter Prescott Newsweek Well that sounded like a challenge Five friends I had and two of them snakes Upon reading that first line I was skewered like a live Kirkland Revels pig but suealing thenceforward with delight through the rest of book Frederick Buechner truly writes with a masterful literary andoetic uality It was irreverent but wonderfully so for it happened to balance out the sense of histrionic To Him Who Sits on the Throne piety throughout otherarts of the book It was hilarious crude and beautiful at the same time Some of the lines made me blush in modesty My bullocks shriveled to beansize in their sack and old One eye scarce a barnacle s length clear of my belly and crying a mercy Some lines struck me dumb with awe Hold fast to Christ I said and she to me In Hell you are the only Christ I have It is raw and witty He rayed to a God he must have hoped by then ruled elsewhere than the carcasses of mortal men His rose sings Why did we weep than anything I think we wept for us and so it is ever with tears Whatever be their outward cause within the chancel of the heart it s we ourselves for whom they finally fall He writes like he doesn t have to work hard at it It flows too naturally to have been under stylistic duress of any kind and I imagine this sort of writing would have eventually unraveled had its author been overly cognizant of his own gifting It Youth, Beautiful Youth pays tribute to its medieval theme a middle ages saint yet it speaks with a modernoignancy and timeless relevance You have to be vigilant reading this book especially at first The meaning of a sentence will suddenly leap and twist mid sentence to double back on itself with another ending than you anticipated He brilliantly evades clich s and redictable interpretations of his characters If you lace yourself in the shoes of the much derided Reginald Godric s biographer you d get a good feel for how Buechner chafes at conventional interpretations of religion He does only as much as he has to in order to help the reader understand something but he leaves some experience raw and undefined out of the reach of a deconstructing desire to digest the universe and God almighty with it Buechner is content with not knowing some things even about God He learned that it was Jesu saved him from the sea though saved him why or saved for what deep end he did not learn nor has he learned it to this day The foibles of his saint Godric comes with its medieval share of disgusting habits a mystical view of nature and religion slavish self flagellation inflation of God s wrath deflation of his mercy and a devaluation of self as a Fault Lines parasite that God tolerates In worshipful moments Godric slithers and moans like a man who has not yet learned that if a creature can out moral his God then by all appearances at least he has bested his God in the only way that counts The saint cowers because he has not yet realized that if God need defend his belt against us then we must be formidable challengers indeed Thus it isride and not humility that envisions God as monster and we the despised worms between his toes over which he glowers in greed for his breath back I for one want no god who suffers my existence merely to Hunt for 901 pave his roads and bejewel his throne by myraise and groveling adoration Such a god would be in greater need of my charity than I his There are some truly tragic moments in this story spoiler alert I hate that Godric left De Granville s Chasing After Infinity preubescent wife to suffer the shame and torment of De Granville s cruelty I hate that his friend Mouse died. Frederick Buechner's Godric retells the life of Godric of Finchale a twelfth century English holy man whose Morir por un iPhone - Apple, Foxconn y las luchas de los trabajadores en China projects late in life included that ofurifying his moral ambition of rideSin spiritual yearning rebirth fierce asceticism these hagiographic staples aren't easy to revitalize but Frederick Buechner goes at the task with intelligent intensity and a fine readiness to invent what history doesn't supply He contrives a style of speech for his narrator Godric himself that's brisk and tough sinewedHe avoids metaphysical fiddle em. Without knowing how much Godric cared I hate that Godric s brother was so desperate for a soul tether but drowned while searching in the night for his sister I hate how Godric and his sister fell in love with each other but were doomed to never find social acceptance of their relationship But I hated with the author because I loved with him his story and his charactersClearly Buechner loves the tragic heroic story of humanity as dark as it is in some laces But from the slime all gods have risen and the author s celebration of the *TRIUMPH OF LOVE AND TRUTH SHINES * of love and truth shines the blackest shadows of human history He loves mankind for what he is sexual sinful self unishing dirty smelly starving for a laugh drowning in his tears And he loves #mankind for what he can be As a man dies many times before #for what he can be As a man dies many times before s dead so does he wend from birth to birth until by grace he comes alive at last Make no mistake Godric may have been written as a Private Elisha Stockwell, Jr., Sees The Civil War periodiece but it is reflective of Buechner s own beliefs With all of Godric s flaws he is still honest a character trait uite Past Lives, Future Lives possiblyrized by Buechner above every other value except courage and faith I have one uestion that remains after my first bump into Buechner have I discovered a living Lewis Methinks so It took me fifty something Love with Every Beat pages into this to stop really disliking it Godric was such arofoundly unattractive character there that I could hardly CPA Australia - Advanced Taxation picture slogging along with him for 175ages and the earthiness of the first If Walls Could Talk (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, part of the book while not inappropriate given the setting was well very earthy There are only a certain number of times that I need to read abouteople s Arcana Mundi personal bits swinging about and it is a much smaller number than Buechnerrovided Still after the first third or so of the book things improved and kept on improving until by the end Godric turned out to be everything I d hoped for The book richly conveys medieval attitudes and beliefs which is به سوی زبان شناسی شعر partly why I chose to read it the kids and I are studying the medievaleriod this year so a fictionalized biography of a 12th century holy man seemed just the thing but I mainly chose it because I really loved On the Road With the Archangel In the last two thirds of the book once we are Genesis past Godric s youthful career did he have to be uite so wicked there are some absolutely brilliantrofound and beautiful Mirror Matter passages A game changer I found the review below this weekend and was reminded how great Godric is and how even though I really like A Confederacy of Dunces this is a better book and should have won the Pulitzer that year And that last year I decided to add this to my read yearly list So here we gohttpdgmyersblogspotcom201005g61412 Looking at what I wrote last year after my yearly reread of Godric it strikes me as odd that I was and still am to some extent upset by the results of a Pulitzerrize contest that happened when I was 5 It is a great book though A beautiful beautiful bookit opens with a remarkable line Five friends I had and two of them were snakes Buechner has conceived a uniue writing style to tell the story of the medieval Saxon and unofficial saint Godric It s the kind of book to nibble at over time to savor the mostly iambic metered A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry prose that seems to favor words with Anglo Saxon roots The artful narrative is adorned with medieval symbols and details and is too densely crafted for a uick read despite being only 175ages long It is a story of a self acknowledged fallen man broken by his sins on the one hand and of those who would elevate him to sainthood on the other even in the face of his rotests and his freely offered evidence of unworthiness The book is Godric s confession of this unworthiness and the expression of his faith He laid his hands on me and blessed my eyes to see God s image deep in every man He blessed my ears to hear the cry especially of the oor He blessed my lips to speak no word but Gospel truth In earthy even vulgar language the account goes on to describe his sins and struggles ranging from thievery to forbidden relations Starkly honest and salacious the narrative delves the soul of the saint in his utter humanness But far from celebrating the sin found there the tapestry Buechner weaves always Awareness points to Godric s guilt and repentance to his lostness without a Savior So we too as we read are convinced by Godric s ownersonal testimony of his unholiness a testimony that draws us through his honesty and humility to see the brightness of the salvation that Christ offers This is the assurance that Godric needs and finds despite his Cat Out of Hell profound unworthiness Buechner s reimagined biography of the saint is an empathetic account of the True Man whose realitylumbs the depths of everyone who wills to look into their dar. Bedding his narrative in domestic reality familiar affection responsibilities disastersAll on his own Mr Buechner has managed to reinvent Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work projects of selfurification and of faith as iuant matter for contemporary fiction in a book notable for literary finishFrederick Buechner is a very good writer indeed Benjamin DeMott The New York Times Book ReviewFrom the book's opening sentenceand sensible reader will be caught in Godric's gripGodric glimmers brightly Peter S Prescott NewsweekGodric is a memorable booka marvelous gem of Kness fear and grime and there discover life against the vastness of which death can barely the vastness of which death can barely a cup We assume Godric s sainthood as we tread his decrepit ath of ernicious greed lust longing loneliness and sorrow half a life as his alter ego Deric ilfering Passion for Christ, Passion for Humanity pilgrims whoringroffering religious hokum and killing incidentally comical in their correlation and feline bloodletting and robbing the oor to fatten the rich Yet it is in the dank and rags that Deric is finally buried after years of burying his own ill gotten gains on the remote isle of Farne *AND GODRIC FINDS HIS TRUE SELF * Godric finds his true self glimmer of humanity that can no longer bear life s #vanity cruelty and ain God s existence is not negated by a broken world and broken lives His reality is #cruelty and Attainment (Temptation, pain God s existence is not negated by a broken world and broken lives His reality is in spite of the dark as our humanity is stirred to a sense of hope of what should and shall be Godric guffaws at every attempt to sweeten the account of his life by the monk Reginald and the miracles ascribed to him the account of him curing a leper with a kiss is a hilarious highlight Sainthood is not cloaked in glory and the sublime The glory is in the grime Beneath all that religious affectation is the accretion of evil hate depravity and amidst the dark a kernel of true humanity as God intended it if we have the courage to confront our shameful obscenity and corruption Godric admits even the most virginal sight by day is transformed to the most lustful dreams at night The whitewashed hypocrisy of clergymen makes such honesty debilitating acknowledging one s rot would invite condemnation and retribution by those no less fetid Yet when we remain closed to revealing the Truths of ourselves to each other we condemn ourselves to isolation and loneliness and retaliate in hurt and fear as the doomed love of Godric and his sister Burcwen attestsTime is an ever flowing stream of remembrance conscious living in theresent moment as Godric Hatred in the belly personifies in his daily baptismal ablutions in the Wear rain snow or shine and the hope of what should be and shall come Through Godric s biography Buechner finds the timeless narrative of an unchanging God and the ordinary story of Christian faith one riddled with moments of doubt what if Godric had never met his friend Mouse and indulged in thievery what if he had never left his sister Bercwen behind what if he d married and settled and clarifying visions Godric receives the word of a guttedorpoise at one Always Be Ready point desolating silence and irrefutable foretelling Godric is led to his hermitage by the River Wear in a dream visitation by Saint Cuthbert where he remains the second half of his life despondency of one s moral ineptitude and the life giving moments of one s sacrifice and compassion Godric learns even in the moral ruins of Rome where he makes ailgrimage with his mother God can be heard in silence While Godric lives a life of monastic contemplation and Encyclopedia of International Development penance his mortification is less the means toerfection than a conscientious giving of the impoverished little he has this giving should never be joyless unlike his mentor Elric who sees demons in every crevice recites every celebratory Gender Inequality in Our Changing World psalm like a dirge and imagines missing his mortifications inaradise Neither is God found in the denial of reality God resides in the muck it is not some spectacular declarative Rooming in the Masters House proof from God we desire but the experience of aersonal communion with Him And that can happen in any ordinary life even for a clod like William Godric s friendless brotherBuechner s novel condenses many of the theological themes in his sermons But this is not theology in the guise of a novel It is an artistic work that weaves an intriguing narrative a finger to the Media, Home and Family propagandistic lives of the saints in a convincing medieval voice that cajoles with humour cynicism andathos This was the first of Buechner s fiction that I had ever read and it was such a good book Through the story of Godric which became my story Buechner explores the darkness of the human heart and how amazing and beautiful is the Love of Jesus My favorite Multicultural Partnerships part of out of the whole book is when he asked himself whatrayer was It is a A Convent Tale passage to re read several times and think over The life of a medieval hermit and saint Godric in his own words and memories and also as written down by Reginald a monk This gives you a glimpse into the medieval mind especially into that of one who is sorrowful for his life and spends fifty years in reparationraying to God Before visions or dreams of a monk Cuthbert and a girl Gillian Godric lives the life of a Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology peddler merchantirate steward to a lord sexton to a Ethics for Police Translators and Interpreters priest then gives his life to God This beautiful story flowed like the River Wear The author has turned it into a sort of rhythmicalrose oem if Bookdestined to become a classic of its kind Michael Heskett Houston ChronicleIn the extraordinary figure of Godric both stubborn outsider and true child of God both worldly and unworldly Frederick Buechner has found an ideal means of exploring the nature of spirituality Godric is a living battleground where God fights it out with the world the Flesh and the Devil London Times Literary SupplementWith a oet's sensibly and a high reverent fancy Frederick Buechner Vilfredo Pareto paints a memorableortrait Edmund Fuller The Wall Street Journ.