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In 1848 three Cardinals and a missionary decide the fate of a parish priest, Jean Marier Latour. He is to go to New Mexico to win for Catholicism the ...Show synopsisIn 1848 three Cardinals and a missionary decide the fate of a parish priest, Jean Marier Latour. He is to go to New Mexico to win for Catholicism the south west of America. He reforms and revivifies, after 40 years of service achieving a reconciliation between his faith and the peasants.Hide synopsis
Description:New. No dust jacket as issued. Tight binding with clean text....New. No dust jacket as issued. Tight binding with clean text. New. Cover has slight shelfwear. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 304 p. Vintage Classics. Audience: Young adult. First published 1927. Historical novel by Pulitzer (1923) prize winner Willa Sibert Cather (1873-1947). Story of Father Jean Marie Latour, who sent to New Mexico in 1851 from France, faces corrupt Spanish priests, natural adversity, and indifferent Hopi and Navajo to build a cathedral in the wilderness. There, not without inner conflicts, he lives out the remaining forty years of his life.
This is a lovely and unusual book. There is not much of a narrative. It's a quiet series of episodes in the lives of two Catholic missionaries and the people they meet in New Mexico and environs in the nineteenth century. It's evocative of the Southwest and of people who have made their lives there ...
I read this book on the way home from a trip to New Mexico. I wish I had read it before I went--or any time. The language is wonderful, the pace slow but not dull, and the book evocative of a long bygone era in the history of this nation: southwestern settlements by Spanish missionaries. Highly ...
In Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather becomes a poet of the Southwestern land, light, and air: "These cloud formations seemed to be always there, however hot and blue the sky. Sometimes they were flat terraces, ledges of vapour; sometimes they were dome-shaped, or fantastic, like the tops ...
If you think this is a story of religious convictions or religious fervor, you've been mislead. This is a beautiful portrait of Sante Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque during the time of such great men as Kit Carson and Bishop Lamy and conveys the feeling of those early times.
Yes, it is a story of strife, ...
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