Death Comes for the Archbishop
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Death Comes for the Archbishop

Random House / 1990 / Paperback

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(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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 297
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1990
Dimensions: 8 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0679728899
ISBN-13: 9780679728894

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Publisher's Description

Willa Cather's best known novel is an epic--almost mythic--story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. In the almost forty years that follow, Latour spreads his faith in the only way he knows--gently, all the while contending with an unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Out of these events, Cather gives us an indelible vision of life unfolding in a place where time itself seems suspended.

Author Bio

WILLA CATHER, author of twelve novels, including O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop, was born in Virginia in 1873 but grew up in Nebraska, where many of her novels are set. She died in 1947 in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

"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." --The New York Times

 "The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world as solidly as our five senses build the uiverse 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." —A. S. Byatt

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