(PUBVintage)"One of the top 100 religious books of the 20th century,"---Christianity Today. A novel based on the lives of Bishop Jean Baptiste L'Amy and his vicar Joseph Machebeut, this is a story of triumph over natural adversity, corrupt Spanish priests, and indifferent Hopi and Navajo. 297 pages, softcover.
Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.
“A truly remarkable book . . . Soaked through and through with atmosphere . . . From the riches of her imagination and sympathy Miss Cather has distilled a very rare piece of literature. It stands out, from the very resistance it opposes to classification.”—NEW YORK TIMES“The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us.”—Rebecca West“[Cather’s] descriptions of the Indian mesa towns on the rock are as beautiful, as unjudging, as lucid, as her descriptions of the Bishop’s cathedral. It is an art of ‘making,’ of clear depiction—of separate objects, whose whole effect works slowly and mysteriously in the reader, and cannot be summed up . . . Cather’s composed acceptance of mystery is a major, and rare, artistic achievement.”—from the Introduction by A. S. Byatt
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