( epub ) Godric A Novel BY Frederick Buechner
Godric was leant to me by a friend but
it sat nsat Witchopoly on shelf for almost a year awaiting a breach in my perpetual reading list Recently I was ready to just give it back without reading because I had heldn to it so long but an endorsement n 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 Ssentenceany sensible reader will be caught in Godric s Peter Prescott Newsweek Well that sounded like a challenge Five friends I had and two f them snakes Upon reading that first line I was skewered like a live pig but suealing thenceforward with delight through the rest Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro of book Frederick Buechner truly writes with a masterful literary and poetic uality It was irreverent but wonderfully so for it happened to balanceut the sense f histrionic piety throughout ther parts 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 f wounds Friendship and hagiography in Frederick Buechner s Godric in Christianity Literature 654 Sept 2016 455 72 Fascinating CL interview with Buechner here Buechner won CL s lifetime achievement award in 2007A little confusing at first because the narrative jumps back and forth from present to past Godric G also speaks Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) of himself in the third person sometimes3 8 present narrated by Godricf Finchale five friends two snakes Mouse Ailred abott Gillian Reginald Reg is writing bio friendship a matter Boarding House of Hunks of wounds absencef friends leaves ne empty cf CSL and Williams9 16 past distant father Aedlward who works hard for the lord G has grey eyes mother Aedwen dd sister Burcwen brother William the fish and the near death experience miracle 3 lessons17 22 present Reg Bec (The Demonata, on the meaningsf names see here God reigns vs God wrecked Reg s s about dreams etc William The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of Normandy rulef St Benedict Godric feels unworthy f bio lyric poetry Mary23 27 past Tom Ball s blessing doors choices parting words with family Burcwen threatens suicide playfully28 34 past River Wear iron vest made death f Small confused with Haggai at Bishop s Lynn 3 follies G kills cat to peddle relics35 39 past Farne penance buries treasure from *Bishop s Lynn dream f Cuthbert confession friend Roger Mouse boatman40 *s Lynn dream f Cuthbert confession friend Roger Mouse boatman40 pastpresent tension f young vs ld Beckett mentioned legends Our Planet: Our Home of Godric s encounter with a boarSatan and his kissing a leper guiltver the truth Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of the leper incident processf people s pilgrimage to see Godric monks at Durham are gatekeepers worthy pilgrims r those who pay get a cross f plaited straw Godric feels unworthy to impart grace and sometimes he feels that he ll lose it himself and he wants to hold Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings onto whatever grace he does have44 49 past waves melt away like years G tells Mouse a false name Gudericus Deric naming issue fish bumper sticker Alfred the Great they steal a ship and begin pirating growing rich Ps 124 Mary as Virgin God s love s all gift many sins deathf Cuthbert n Farne50 55 past six month break Aedlward G s father has died Burcwen wants to go with G he says no we re all under a stone whether a tombstone r needhurtlongingetc alleged dream f Aedwen Aedlward in Purgatory reuesting prayers at Peter s tomb in Rome G promises to go to Rome with his mother Burcwen stays with William incestuous sexual tension with G prayers to Mary56 61 presentpast Ailred and G n church roof River Wear flooding G is 80 Reg gone for the moment G contemplates the nature f time G s prescience ref to Noah G tells Ailred about the journey to Rome thieving priest double murder pregnant woman punished by uartering time again return f Reg problem f evil perspective62 67 past Rachel not who Jacob thought she was Rome not what pilgrims expected cf Luther s journey Gen 319 relics peddled crusaders Pope seems distracted G and mother given a tour see the Colosseum we weep for urselves no God in Rome but they pray anyway significance A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of the trapped bird BCP language G sees a bearn the way home eats figs and expels them Gillian appears and interprets the fable G has polluted God s grace68 73 past comfort f familiar language travel home with ther pilgrims henpecked baker and wife Ralph the mason Maud the Bawd and Cherryman the priest Gillian appears periodically speaking in proverbs she sees Aedlward freezing in Purgatory part f G freezes when Gillian departs74 79 past G reaches home and lies to Burcwen about MouseDeric cf JekyllHyde why mention Gillian now relationship with. Frederick Buechner's Godric retells the life f Godric In the End of Finchale a twelfth century English holy man whose projects late in life included thatf purifying his moral ambition f prideSin 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 f speech for his narrator Godric himself that's brisk and tough sinewedHe avoids metaphysical fiddle em. ,
Susanna G and B shun each ther William thinks something s wrong with B G eventually asks B for forgiveness she comes to him at night and they talk and William can t find B is given no help from GB and dies searching for her G feels the guilt f a murderer158 64 past B joins a convent f nuns years later G sees B ne time communicate without speaking G sees the deaths f Mouse and Perkin second sight banishment f two snakes can t banish lust cf Patrick165 71 present various Godric s Reg wants G to bless the manuscript but *G Fears It S Too * fears it s too G has a stroke catalyst
Is Being Called A Saintbeing called a saint knows he ll die today G washes in Wear nce Perkin helps G bless the manuscript who s the Sweetheart lostfound172 75 present Reg reads manuscript f G s deathreputation two snakes pay homage B s cross found around G s neck turned into a relic177 78 historical note see ODNB initially resisted being biographized earliest lyric poet in English prophetic ability This creative retelling The Age of Treachery of a historical character s life is probably the most poetic lyrical prose I ve ever read This is a story about a saint who knows he s a miserable sinnerr about the rdinariness f those we call saints and therefore also about the saintliness The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of many who we believe to be merelyrdinary What makes a person a saint Perhaps nothing than that they never give up the struggle to fight against the sin inside and cry Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite out to God perpetually for his mercy The lifef a medieval hermit and saint Godric in his Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) own words and memories and also as written down by Reginald a monk This gives you a glimpse into the medieval mind especially into thatf ne who is sorrowful for his life and spends fifty years in reparation praying to God Before visions r dreams When a Man Loves a Woman of a monk Cuthbert and a girl Gillian Godric lives the lifef a peddler merchant pirate steward to a lord sexton to a priest then gives his life to God This beautiful story flowed like the River Wear The author has turned it into a sort f rhythmical prose poem if I can use that expression A must read This was the first f Buechner s fiction that I had ever read and it was such a good book Through the story Keep From Falling of Godric which became my story Buechner explores the darknessf the human heart and how amazing and beautiful is the Love Catalogue the Insanity of Jesus My favorite partf Blessed Homecoming outf the whole book is when he asked himself what prayer was It is a passage to re read several times and think Shrek over Buechner s reimagined biographyf the saint is an empathetic account f the True Man whose reality plumbs the depths A beautiful beautiful bookit Look Alikes Jr. opens with a remarkable line Five friends I had and twof them were snakes Buechner has conceived a uniue writing style to tell the story f the medieval Saxon and unofficial saint Godric It s the kind f book to nibble at Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin over time to savor the mostly iambic metered 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 beingnly 175 pages long It is a story Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution of a self acknowledged fallen man broken by his sinsn the He Remembers the Barren one hand andf those who would elevate him to sainthood The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf on thether even in the face Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis of his protests and his freelyffered evidence The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives of unworthiness The book is Godric s confessionf this unworthiness an I found the review below this weekend and was reminded how great Godric is and how even though I really like A Confederacy Let the Wolf Howl 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 rereadf Godric it strikes me as The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini odd that I was and still am to some extent upset by the resultsf a Pulitzer prize contest that happened when I was 5 It is a great book though A game changer It took me fifty something pages into this to stop really disliking it Godric was such a profoundly unattractive character there that I could hardly picture slogging along with him for 175 pages and the earthiness f the first part f the book while not inappropriate given the setting was well very earthy There are Blue Guide New York only a certain numberf times that I need to read about people s personal bits swinging about and it is a much smaller number than Buechner provided Still after the first third r so f the book things improved and kept Homesick on improving until by the end Godric turnedut to be everything I d hoped for The book richly conveys medieval attitudes and beliefs which is part. Bookdestined to become a classic A Criminal Affair of its kind Michael Heskett Houston ChronicleIn the extraordinary figuref Godric both stubborn Sangue Derramado outsider and true childf God both worldly and unworldly Frederick Buechner has found an ideal means f exploring the nature f spirituality Godric is a living battleground where God fights it ut with the world the Flesh and the Devil London Times Literary SupplementWith a poet's sensibly and a high reverent fancy Frederick Buechner paints a memorable portrait Edmund Fuller The Wall Street Journ. .
B strained Falkes de Granvill Norfolk lord hires G to be a steward G wants
To Escape Home FdGescape home FdG wife is Hedwic very young80 88 presentpastpresent Reg thinks G has died the trial f aging FdG mistreats the poor crops them to make them sprout G participates Hedwic s parable about a pristine utside concealing a corrupt inside dilemma f speaking up and bringing pain upon thers FdG laughed at G s concern for those being cheated G flees hearing Hedwic weeping89 94 past meets up with Mouse who s lost an eye G had lain with Gillian gabbing can signal the loss f friendship took pilgrims to Jerusalem prior to arriving in Arsuf they pick up the king f Jerusalem Baldwin land at Jaffa Jerusalem is saved from the Turks irony f God s will being done by rogues G refuses to steal from pilgrims and Mouse throws him Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star overboard95 99 present lostfound contemplationn friendship rockswater Perkin green eyes as an almost son helps with G s tomb reference to Jordan river and G s regeneration death Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance of Deric and new birthf G100 5 past entire chapter is a prayer G wants to learn to pray tour The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky of Jerusalem compared with Rome G about 100 at the timef telling this part f his life guilt weighs n G s back recounting Works Days of sins commission andmission G wades in Jordan and comes ut changed fools for Christ106 13 past G goes barefoot to honor Christ white bird significance asks feet to help him to do good deposits Farne treasure at a church near Bishop Auckland Elric anchorite at Wulsingham wrestles demons and speaks f penance G carries Elric n his back put ne burden down and picked up another Elric much lighter than the guilt G stays at Elric s cairn for two years learned how to live114 20 past Elric Scratch fair find foul So goes the world temptation is always lurking skull s a chapel but hands feet and heart have Heart of the Wood other desires we re not completely governed by logicreason Devilften appears as Christ G Elric Reg G in G s dream Cuthbert shows him his destination and turns broken sticks into two snakes death The King's Commissar of Elric121 27 present Bishop Pudsey summons G to Durham to be honored at Christmas mass prob also to honor himself G has gone without shoes for 50 years shrinef Cuthbert s bones Ranulf Flambard brought Cuthbert to Durham 50 yrs ago body was preserved 500 yrs Bloodmage oldn the way home G sees Burcwen s tomb in a convent she died f life G almost killed by Scottish brigands they don t know that men s treasure is buried in graves Norman bishops can t repel the darkness128 33 presentpast G was about 40 when Elric died Henry I was king Finchale rhymes with wrinkle G left Elric and went to Saint Giles met a relative f Tom Ball s Littlefair deaf wife Joan Littlefair enlists G s help as a bellringerdoorkeeper G disciplines the choir boys but they like his expurgated stories G uestions the removal Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction of the grief and uglinessne Making Instruments Count: Essays on Historical Scientific Instruments Presented to Gerard L'Estrange Turner of them Gilbert suggests that G learn to readwrite at the school at Saint Mary le Bow in Durham works to escape Purgatory Bishop Flambard s injusticegreed logos yet G is thankful that Flambard takes a liking to him pathos134 38 past Flambard red hair says golden rule is that the rich get richer doesn t care about the poor Flambard talks about progress making labor lighter and says that God rules through male procreation making babies and wit making a wondrous world Flambard s penance heavy guiltn a hunting trip with Flambard who wrestles friends then naps G wanders and finds the place that Cuthbert had revealed in G s dream two snakes G gets permission to make his cell there and serve the King139 44 past G lived 50 yrs at Finchale left Every Sigh, the End only 3x filled the yrs with past imagined past what might have been road diverged and imagined future dangerf dreams can t control lustful thoughts reference to The Anarchy uestion The Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence the Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence of God s providencesovereignty faithhopelove G s internal war uestionf the nature f prayer see Prayer I something understood separate visions f Mary John the Baptist and Jesus connected to prayer145 51 past family comes to Finchale a year after G arrives there house burned by rogues suspicious Milk, Turkey, and Neurosis: Or, How Mother (Almost) Ruined My Life of unmarried Burcwen and William poverty false rumors partf Aedwen metaphysical burned with the house time like Wear carries everything away Aedwen s contemplation Quest for Celestia: A Reimagining of the Pilgrim's Progress of deathrestporridge 3 estates and G s insistence that the dead will rise again Aedwen sounds like Candide William s gabbing hides his loneliness Burcwen s frustration with William and herwn loneliness and sense f loss sexual tension with G G s works for Christ death f Aedwen152 57 past G watches his sister bathe ref to. Bedding his narrative in domestic reality familiar affection responsibilities disastersAll n his wn Mr Buechner has managed to reinvent projects A Christmas Tree for Lydia of self purification andf faith as piuant 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 The God Solution: A Reply To The God Delusion opening sentenceand sensible reader will be caught in Godric's gripGodric glimmers brightly Peter S Prescott NewsweekGodric is a memorable booka marvelous gemf