A Cry of Stone

A Cry of Stone

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by Michael O'Brien
     
 

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In this long-awaited fifth novel in his series, Children of the Last Days, Michael O'Brien explores the true meaning of poverty of spirit. Loosely based on the real lives of a number of native North Americans, A Cry of Stone is the fictional account of the life of a native artist, Rose Wâbos. Abandoned as an infant, Rose is raised by her grandmother, Oldmary…  See more details below

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In this long-awaited fifth novel in his series, Children of the Last Days, Michael O'Brien explores the true meaning of poverty of spirit. Loosely based on the real lives of a number of native North Americans, A Cry of Stone is the fictional account of the life of a native artist, Rose Wâbos. Abandoned as an infant, Rose is raised by her grandmother, Oldmary Wâbos, in the remotest regions of the northern Ontario wilderness. The story covers a period from 1940 to 1973, chronicling Rose's growth to womanhood, her discovery of art, her moving out into the world of cities and sophisticated cultural circles. Above all it is the story of a soul who is granted little of human strengths and resources, yet who strives to love in all circumstances. As she searches for the ultimate meaning of her life, she changes the lives of many people whom she meets along the way.

O'Brien takes the reader deep into the heart of a "small" person. There he uncovers the beauty and struggles of a soul who wants only to create, to help others to see what she sees. The story also explores the complex lies and false images, the ambitions and posturing that dominate much of contemporary culture, and shows how these have contributed to a loss of our understanding of the sacredness of each human life.

Once again, Michael O'Brien beautifully demonstrates that no matter how insignificant a person may be in the world's eyes, marvels and mysteries are to be found in everyone. His central character, Rose, is among the despised and rejected of the earth, yet her life bears witness to the greatness in man, and to his eternal destiny.

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ISBN-13:
2940000702499
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
347,901
File size:
835 KB

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Cry of Stone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've already spent an inordinate amount of energy trying to write a captivating review on A Cry of Stone for a small journal. It has been one of the few books that has stumped me--mostly because of its amazing depth, the mesmerizing quality of the writing, and a protagonist that is so very humble, real, fascinating... See, I'm doing it again, unable to describe even in the simplest of terms the beauty of this book. The reason I'm writing here is because the American Reader is caught in an endless cycle of choking down best-sellers, many of which are so poorly written, and contain such fluff and gibberish that it makes me want to scream. Please, though this book is intimidating because of its mere size, it will take you to places of the heart and soul that few writers dare travel to...
busterFM More than 1 year ago
This novel is beautifully written, deeply moving, funny, sometimes scary and breathtaking. It recounts the fictional life of a native Canadian artist. It kept my consciousness soaring while I was reading it, and I miss it! I have read six novels by this author and would recommend them all, but this one is the best. I find myself consulting the protagonist, Rose, whenever I have to make a serious choice, before going up the chain of command! Catholics will love this, but I also really think any seeker for the spiritual should dip in to this one. Such a reader would I think enjoy it simply as a great read.
snowloverCB More than 1 year ago
this is the best book i ever read!  i lost myself in it, and could read it over and over. the same with  the father's tale. michael o'brien is a gifted author, to say the least.
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