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 Post subject: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Go on! Suggest some nuggets!

Considering rereading The Lord of the Rings or Kristin Lavransdatter, neither of which I've read since my conversion.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Go on! Suggest some nuggets!

Considering rereading The Lord of the Rings or Kristin Lavransdatter, neither of which I've read since my conversion.



I approve.

Someone is going to mention something by Waugh, I bet.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Go on! Suggest some nuggets!

Considering rereading The Lord of the Rings or Kristin Lavransdatter, neither of which I've read since my conversion.


I was fascinated by Kristin Lavransdatter! I read it when I had four small children at the time, and I closed the door and they played with toys and I sat in the same room glued to the book.


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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Go on! Suggest some nuggets!

Considering rereading The Lord of the Rings or Kristin Lavransdatter, neither of which I've read since my conversion.



I approve.

Someone is going to mention something by Waugh, I bet.


I've read Brideshead Revisited, The Sword of Honour, and Scoop.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Of course, one of the advantages of rereading one of the books mentioned is that I already have them. Of course, I also have Catholic novels I haven't read.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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It's not a novel, but The Sadness of Christ by St Thomas More is the best Lenten reading ever, IMO.

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Norwegianblue wrote:
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Go on! Suggest some nuggets!

Considering rereading The Lord of the Rings or Kristin Lavransdatter, neither of which I've read since my conversion.



I approve.

Someone is going to mention something by Waugh, I bet.


I've read Brideshead Revisited, The Sword of Honour, and Scoop.



Good enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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I will have other reading during Lent, but thought perhaps I should focus on something specifically Catholic for my fiction as well. Not that I always stick to fiction for my bedtime reading, but I do tend always to have some fiction on the go.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Death Comes for the Archbishop, even though it was written by a Protestant. Its episodic nature should lend itself to bedtime reading.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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I have no idea what a 'Catholic novel' is, do you mean a novel written by a Catholic author?

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Death Comes for the Archbishop, even though it was written by a Protestant. Its episodic nature should lend itself to bedtime reading.


I have that one, and I haven't read it! :D

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I have no idea what a 'Catholic novel' is, do you mean a novel written by a Catholic author?


And with some content relative to Faith, grace, and that sort of thing. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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If there's a good, inspiring novel relative to faith and grace, and not written by a Catholic, I shall not immediately reject it. So Narnia and the Space trilogy might have been candidates. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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Norwegianblue wrote:
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Death Comes for the Archbishop, even though it was written by a Protestant. Its episodic nature should lend itself to bedtime reading.


I have that one, and I haven't read it! :D


I approve it.

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If there's a good, inspiring novel relative to faith and grace, and not written by a Catholic, I shall not immediately reject it. So Narnia and the Space trilogy might have been candidates. :D



I approve those too.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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"Keys of the Kingdom" by AJ Cronin.... I've read a lot of Cronin and "Keys of the Kingdom" is his best.

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If you want something religious and funny while not insulting the Catholic faith "Morte D' Urban" by JF Powers.

"The Last Gentleman" by Walker Percy is good. Might be a bit abstract early on... but the closing scene with the priest are incredible.

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 Post subject: Re: Catholic novels for bedtime Lenten reading
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GKC wrote:
Norwegianblue wrote:
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Death Comes for the Archbishop, even though it was written by a Protestant. Its episodic nature should lend itself to bedtime reading.


I have that one, and I haven't read it! :D


I approve it.

Second. The Space Trilogy is really pretty great.

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Go on! Suggest some nuggets!

Considering rereading The Lord of the Rings or Kristin Lavransdatter, neither of which I've read since my conversion.



I approve.

Someone is going to mention something by Waugh, I bet.


I've read Brideshead Revisited, The Sword of Honour, and Scoop.



Good enough.

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Not a bad start. But good enough? :verymad:

However, for purposes of this thread--apart from Scoop--those are the best Waugh books to read or reread. Apart, perhaps, from the biography of St. Edmund Campion (haven't read it) or the novel about St. Helena (also haven't read it). I guess I now know what my lenten reading should be...

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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.

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