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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Till We Have Faces is also not very good :fyi:

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Till We Have Faces is also not very good :fyi:



It's not my favorite, but I think it deserves another read.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Whatever the merits or demerits of War and Peace be (and I rather liked it except for the endless and repetitive historical theorising), one can hardly blame them on Dostoyevsky. :fyi:


One can if one is creative enough. :fyi:

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Whatever the merits or demerits of War and Peace be (and I rather liked it except for the endless and repetitive historical theorising), one can hardly blame them on Dostoyevsky. :fyi:


One can if one is creative enough. :fyi:

I...agree...with...Doom? :shock: :shock: :shock: :swoon

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Dostoyevsky is great for penitential reading.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Dostoyevsky is great for penitential reading.

:x

:x :x
(No, I'm not building a SR pyramid. I'm saying that goes double for me. I love Russian fiction, but I will admit that War and Peace was too slow for my liking.


Whatever the merits or demerits of War and Peace be (and I rather liked it except for the endless and repetitive historical theorising), one can hardly blame them on Dostoyevsky. :fyi:


Actually,I ought to mention that there were other things apart from the historical theorising which I disliked and actually found more than a bit disconcerting. However, apart from eventually being worn down by the harping on along the same vein about his views on that, I wasn't on the whole left with the impression that the book was 'too slow' after having read it, though I now remember I thought it too slow when I began. But I do think there can be real danger in the positive portrayal of freemasonry in Pierre's involvement with it, as well as some other things. But there were other parts I really liked and I can't remember thinking it too slow once I got into it, though it took me a while to care as he took a while to get to the stories I cared about. Anyway, I do think there ought to be some caution with regard to it, which had rather momentarily been brushed to the back of my mind - perhaps by the shock of poor Dostoyevsky being so harshly treated.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Dostoyevsky is great for penitential reading.

:x

:x :x


Though I must add that I haven't read him since my 20s and before my conversion. :fyi:

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Dickens and Dostoevsky are both non-Catholics who nevertheless weren't super far away from the Church (despite their occasionally making it seem as though they were). Something like David Copperfield (substitute Great Expectations if you want a more "serious" work) or the Brothers Karamazov would both be pretty neat lenten reads, though maybe Dickens is too much fun for the season.


I don't know that I read The Brothers Karamazov back in the day. I have read David Copperfield and Great Expectations, but both of them were quite a while ago. In fact, David Copperfield I read so long ago that I don't even think I read it in the original but a Norwegian translation.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Are you agreeing with GKC or with me?

The first two volumes of the Space Trilogy are boring, and I don't care that CSL like Perelandra best of all his works.


Out of the Silent Planet is really good, but Perelandra is a bit thin (literally as well as figuratively).

Aren't you saying that backwards? Perelandra is the better book of the two, and also the fatter.

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Till We Have Faces is also not very good :fyi:



It's not my favorite, but I think it deserves another read.

I didn't care for it myself. But it's been quite awhile. Perhaps I should read it again, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Aren't you saying that backwards? Perelandra is the better book of the two, and also the fatter.

No, Perelandra is objectively thin, both in size and in plot.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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gherkin wrote:
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Till We Have Faces is also not very good :fyi:



It's not my favorite, but I think it deserves another read.

I didn't care for it myself. But it's been quite awhile. Perhaps I should read it again, too.


My attitude, too.

On first reading I didn't like SILENT PLANET.

I was rather young.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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I liked Perelandra better than Out of the Silent Planet. :fyi:

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I liked Perelandra better than Out of the Silent Planet. :fyi:

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I liked Perelandra better than Out of the Silent Planet. :fyi:

wow wrong


No, I really did! :fyi:

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Then again, I'm not at all discounting the possibility that I might like the Silent Planet better on rereading it than I did the first time around.

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Then again, I'm not at all discounting the possibility that I might like the Silent Planet better on rereading it than I did the first time around.



Well, sure.

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Which is all of it.

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