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 Post subject: Any one read JF Powers?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:21 pm 
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I heard JF Powers was a Catholic novelist as good as Walker Percy.

I had never heard of Powers before but see that he has a few books out there. Has anyone read him and if so could you cosign him as a good Catholic novelist to read??

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 Post subject: Re: Any one read JF Powers?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:07 pm 
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Ralph McInerny liked him. I've read some of his work and wasn't blown away, but it was pleasurable enough.

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I'm hard pressed to find anything to admire about Powers--satire and sarcasm are nasty skills in my view. Powers' condescension toward priests and faith was damaging to the priesthood, and readers, I think. He was imprisoned for a year for refusing to serve in WWII.


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Powers was reputed to have inside contacts in whatever diocese it was he lived him. I recognized the kinds of characters he portrayed.

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Thanks for the replies.

Maybe I'll just have to pick up Morte D'Urban and see what I think.
eschator83, I am alittle concerned... I've read enough books where the priesthood is mocked and lampooned.
But, Obi, if you didn't quite take it that way then maybe I'll risk it. because I guess you would know :)

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http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusiv ... catholic-w

That gets him about right.

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Thanks for finding and sharing that!!

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 Post subject: Re: Any one read JF Powers?
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eschator83 wrote:
I'm hard pressed to find anything to admire about Powers--satire and sarcasm are nasty skills in my view. Powers' condescension toward priests and faith was damaging to the priesthood, and readers, I think. He was imprisoned for a year for refusing to serve in WWII.



I'm going to guess you're not all that taken with Evelyn Waugh either
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