Faithful Are the Wounds: A Novel

Faithful Are the Wounds: A Novel

by May Sarton
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Faithful Are the Wounds: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
VivaB More than 1 year ago
Initially published in 1955, inspired by the suicide of Harvard educator F.O. Matthiessen during the McCarthy era, FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS was released in digital format for the first time this August. The story deals with the suicide of brilliant arch-liberal Harvard professor, Edward Cavan, and the impact of his death on those around him. Through the eyes of family, friends, and colleagues, we get to know Cavan, a man of unwavering principle destroyed by his own uncompromising idealism. Given the academic setting and period—the ascent of the post-war red scare—I was concerned the novel would prove overly political for my taste. While it is unabashadly political, Sarton is too fine a writer to lecture. Instead the politics coalesce in her beautifully drawn characters and play out in their complex relationships. In CONVERSATIONS WITH MAY SARTON, Sarton explains she wrote FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS to answer the question, “How can a man be wrong and right at the same time?” Edward Cavan is that man, and this book is Sarton's gripping answer. Not a light read, but engrossing and thought-provoking. A brief glimpse into academia and America's post-war political milieu couched in powerful, elegant writing. Highly recommended.