The Father's Tale: A Novel

The Father's Tale: A Novel

by Michael O'Brien
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The Father's Tale 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not know such a beautiful, intense, personal novel could exist in contemporary North American literature. Though perhaps subject to small faults of style and the occasional heavy-handed passage, its shortcomings are relatively rare and forgivable. Imbued with universal characters both intensely identifiable and filled with unexpected depth. An epic coming-of-age journey for the middle-aged, soaring to Tolstoyan beauty and Dostoevskyan depth. If lacking those authors' polish and near-perfection, it will no doubt be found inestimably more accessible to the modern Western reader. By turns thrilling, shocking, poetic, religious, sublime, and ever humane. Essential reading for Western Russophiles. Though by no means of intetest only to those of the Faith, it is, in my estimation, the best Catholic novel since Walker Percy's The Second Coming (1980). Comparable to Tolkien, but perhaps with broader appeal and accesdibility. A contemporary near-masterpiece of a novel, and that only bevause I hold the term masterpiece in absolute reverence. It is a loss that this is only my first novel by the author. It will be by no means my last.
oldbaha More than 1 year ago
I'm in the process of reading this novel. This is my third experience of the works of Michael D. O'Brien. I have read 'Sophia House' and 'Eclipse of the Sun'. I highly recomend this author. It is refreshing to read someone who writes in a pure and faith filled way. The use of expletives is not his style and I find this very refreshing. If you want to read stories with deep emotions and philosphical rendering. These are the traits of O'Brien. Descriptive writing at it's best. Thank you Michael for all your wisdom and insights!
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