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Hilarious highlight Sainthood is not cloaked in lory and the sublime The Dark Intrusions glory is in therime Beneath all that religious affectation is the accretion of evil hate depravity and amidst the dark a kernel of true humanity as God intended it if we have the courage to confront our shameful obscenity and corruption Godric admits even the most virginal sight by day is transformed to the most lustful dreams at night The whitewashed hypocrisy of clergymen makes such honesty debilitating acknowledging one s rot would invite condemnation and retribution by those no less fetid Yet when we remain closed to revealing the Truths of ourselves to each other we condemn ourselves to isolation and loneliness and retaliate in hurt and fear as the doomed love of Godric and his sister Burcwen attestsTime is an ever flowing stream of remembrance conscious living in the present moment as Godric personifies in his daily baptismal ablutions in the Wear rain snow or shine and the hope of what should be and shall come Through Godric s biography Buechner finds the timeless narrative of an unchanging God and the ordinary story of Christian faith one riddled with moments of doubt what if Godric had never met his friend Mouse and indulged in thievery what if he had never left his sister Bercwen behind what if he d married and settled and clarifying visions Godric receives the word of a utted porpoise at one point desolating silence and irrefutable foretelling Godric is led to his hermitage by the River Wear in a dream visitation by Saint Cuthbert where he remains the second half of his life despondency of one s moral ineptitude and the life iving moments of one s sacrifice and compassion Godric learns even in the moral ruins of Rome where he makes a pilgrimage with his mother God can be heard in silence While Godric lives a life of monastic contemplation and penance his mortification is less the means to perfection than a conscientious Decade of Despair giving of the impoverished little he has thisiving should never be joyless unlike his mentor Elric who sees demons in every crevice recites every celebratory psalm like a dirge and imagines missing his mortifications in paradise Neither is God found in the denial of reality God resides in the muck it is not some spectacular declarative proof from God we desire but the experience of a personal communion with Him And that can happen in any ordinary life even for a clod like William Godric s friendless brotherBuechner s novel condenses many of the theological themes in his sermons But this is not theology in the uise of a novel It is an artistic work that weaves an intriguing narrative a finger to the propagandistic lives of the saints in a convincing medieval voice that cajoles with humour cynicism and pathos A beautiful beautiful bookit opens with a remarkable line Five friends I had and two of them were snakes Buechner has conceived a uniue writing style to tell the story of the medieval Saxon and unofficial saint Godric It s the kind of book to nibble at over time to savor the mostly iambic metered prose that seems to favor words with Anglo Saxon roots The artful narrative is adorned with medieval symbols and details and is too densely crafted for a uick read despite being only 175 pages long It is a story of a self acknowledged fallen man broken by his sins on the one hand and of those who would elevate him to sainthood on the other even in the face of his protests and his freely offered evidence of unworthiness The book is Godric s confession of this unworthiness and the expression of his faith He laid his hands on me and blessed my eyes to see God s image deep in every man He blessed my ears to hear the cry especially of the poor He blessed my lips to speak no word but Gospel truth In earthy even vulgar language the account oes on to describe his sins and struggles ranging from thievery to forbidden relations Starkly honest and salacious the narrative delves the soul of the saint in his utter humanness But far from celebrating the sin found there the tapestry Buechner weaves always points to Godric s Go-Go-Go! guilt and repentance to his lostness without a Savior So we too as we read are convinced by Godric s own personal testimony of his unholiness a testimony that draws us through his honesty and humility to see the brightness of the salvation that Christ offers This is the assurance that Godric needs and finds despite his profound unworthiness I found the review below this weekend and was reminded howreat Godric is and how even though I really like A Confederacy of Dunces this is a better book and should have won the Pulitzer that year And that last year I decided to add this to my read yearly list So here we Somato Respiratory Integration Workbook gohttpdgmyersblogspotcom201005g61412 Looking at what I wrote last year after my yearly reread of Godric it strikes me as odd that I was and still am to some extent upset by the results of a Pulitzer prize contest that happened when I was 5 It is areat book though A Reine Mädchensache game changer It took me fifty something pages into this to stop really disliking it Godric was such a profoundly unattractive character there that I could hardly picture slogging along with him for 175 pages and the earthiness of the first part of the book while not inappropriateiven the setting was well very earthy There are only a certain number of times that I need to read about people s personal bits swinging about and it is a much smaller number than Buechner provided Still after the first third or so of the book things improved and kept on improving until by the end Godric turned out to be everything I d hoped for The book richly conveys medieval attitudes and beliefs which is partly why I chose to read it the kids and I are studying the medieval period this year so a fictionalized biography of a 12th century holy man seemed just the thing but I mainly chose it because I really loved On the Road With the Archangel In the last two thirds of the book once we are past Godric s youthful career did he have to be uite so wicked there are some absolutely brilliant profound and beautiful passages. Bookdestined to become a classic of its kind Michael Heskett Houston ChronicleIn the extraordinary figure of Godric both stubborn outsider and true child of God both worldly and unworldly Frederick Buechner has found an ideal means of exploring the nature of spirituality Godric is a living battleground where God fights it out with the world the Flesh and the Devil London Times Literary SupplementWith a poet's sensibly and a high reverent fancy Frederick Buechner paints a memorable portrait Edmund Fuller The Wall Street Journ.
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Governed by logicreason Devil often appears as Christ G Elric Reg G in G s dream Cuthbert shows him his destination and turns broken sticks into two snakes death of Elric121 27 present Bishop Pudsey summons G to Durham to be honored at Christmas mass prob also to honor himself G has Animal Babies gone without shoes for 50 years shrine of Cuthbert s bones Ranulf Flambard brought Cuthbert to Durham 50 yrs ago body was preserved 500 yrs old on the way home G sees Burcwen s tomb in a convent she died of life G almost killed by Scottish brigands they don t know that men s treasure is buried inraves Norman bishops can t repel the darkness128 33 presentpast G was about 40 when Elric died Henry I was king Finchale rhymes with wrinkle G left Elric and went to Saint Giles met a relative of Tom Ball s Littlefair deaf wife Joan Littlefair enlists G s help as a bellringerdoorkeeper G disciplines the choir boys but they like his expurgated stories G uestions the removal of the Offenders and Detainees grief and ugliness one of them Gilbert suggests that G learn to readwrite at the school at Saint Mary le Bow in Durham works to escape Purgatory Bishop Flambard s injusticegreed logos yet G is thankful that Flambard takes a liking to him pathos134 38 past Flambard red hair saysolden rule is that the rich qasas-ul-quran get richer doesn t care about the poor Flambard talks about progress making labor lighter and says that God rules through male procreation making babies and wit making a wondrous world Flambard s penance heavyuilt on a hunting trip with Flambard who wrestles friends then naps G wanders and finds the place that Cuthbert had revealed in G s dream two snakes G ets permission to make his cell there and serve the King139 44 past G lived 50 yrs at Finchale left only 3x filled the yrs with past imagined past what might have been road diverged and imagined future danger of dreams can t control lustful thoughts reference to The Anarchy uestion of God s providencesovereignty faithhopelove G s internal war uestion of the nature of prayer see Prayer I something understood separate visions of Mary John the Baptist and Jesus connected to prayer145 51 past family comes to Finchale a year after G arrives there house burned by rogues suspicious of unmarried Burcwen and William poverty false rumors part of Aedwen metaphysical burned with the house time like Wear carries everything away Aedwen s contemplation of deathrestporridge 3 estates and G s insistence that the dead will rise again Aedwen sounds like Candide William s abbing hides his loneliness Burcwen s frustration with William and her own loneliness and sense of loss sexual tension with G G s works for Christ death of Aedwen152 57 past G watches his sister bathe ref to Susanna G and B shun each other William thinks something s wrong with B G eventually asks B for forgiveness she comes to him at night and they talk and William can t find B is Dead-End Road Mysteries given no help from GB and dies searching for her G feels theuilt of a murderer158 64 past B joins a convent of nuns years later G sees B one time communicate without speaking G sees the deaths of Mouse and Perkin second sight banishment of two snakes can t banish lust cf Patrick165 71 present various Godric s Reg wants G to bless the manuscript but G fears it s too sweet G has a stroke catalyst is being called a saint G knows he ll die today G washes in Wear once Perkin helps G bless the manuscript who s the Sweetheart lostfound172 75 present Reg reads manuscript of G s deathreputation two snakes pay homage B s cross found around G s neck turned into a relic177 78 historical note see ODNB initially resisted being biographized earliest lyric poet in English prophetic ability This creative retelling of a historical character s life is probably the most poetic lyrical prose I ve ever read This is a story about a saint who knows he s a miserable sinner or about the ordinariness of those we call saints and therefore also about the saintliness of many who we believe to be merely ordinary What makes a person a saint Perhaps nothing than that they never Hear the Wolves give up the struggle to fight against the sin inside and cry out to God perpetually for his mercy The life of a medieval hermit and saint Godric in his own words and memories and also as written down by Reginald a monk Thisives you a Valors Measure glimpse into the medieval mind especially into that of one who is sorrowful for his life and spends fifty years in reparation praying to God Before visions or dreams of a monk Cuthbert and airl Gillian Godric lives the lif This was the first of Buechner s fiction that I had ever read and it was such a BFI Film Classics good book Through the story of Godric which became my story Buechner explores the darkness of the human heart and how amazing and beautiful is the Love of Jesus My favorite part of out of the whole book is when he asked himself what prayer was It is a passage to re read several times and think over Buechner s reimagined biography of the saint is an empathetic account of the True Man whose reality plumbs the depths of everyone who wills to look into their darkness fear andrime and there discover life against the vastness of which death can barely fill a cup We assume Godric s sainthood as we tread his decrepit path of pernicious reed lust longing loneliness and sorrow half a life as his alter ego Deric pilfering pilgrims whoring proffering religious hokum and killing incidentally comical in their correlation and feline bloodletting and robbing the poor to fatten the rich Yet it is in the dank and rags that Deric is finally buried after years of burying his own ill otten وصف الاستعباد في مملكة فاس - مذكرات أسير سويدي على عهد السلطان مولاي عبد الله gains on the remote isle of Farne and Godric finds his true self thatlimmer of humanity that can no longer bear life s vanity cruelty and pain God s existence is not negated by a broken world and broken lives His reality is affirmed in spite of the dark as our humanity is stirred to a sense of hope of what should and shall be Godric Fiend guffaws at every attempt to sweeten the account of his life by the monk Reginald and the miracles ascribed to him the account of him curing a leper with a kiss is Bedding his narrative in domestic reality familiar affection responsibilities disastersAll on his own Mr Buechner has managed to reinvent projects of self purification and of faith as piuant matter for contemporary fiction in a book notable for literary finishFrederick Buechner is a veryood writer indeed Benjamin DeMott The New York Times Book ReviewFrom the book's opening sentenceand sensible reader will be caught in Godric's Voice of Conscience gripGodriclimmers brightly Peter S Prescott NewsweekGodric is a memorable booka marvelous em of
Godric was leant to me by a friend but it sat on the shelf for almost a year awaiting a breach in my perpetual reading list Recently I was ready to just ive it back without reading because I had held on to it so long but an endorsement on the back cover caught my eye literally moments before I handed it back From the book s opening sentenceany sensible reader will be caught in Godric s The Pedlar and the Bandit King (Scarlet and the White Wolf, grip Peter Prescott Newsweek Well that sounded like a challenge Five friends I had and Rabbit Room review here Kirkus Review here Poetic Spirituality review here Hermitary review here Captain Thin review here A Commonplace Blog review here Edoardo Albert review here See Nathan Kilpatrick s article Theiving and taking of wounds Friendship and hagiography in Frederick Buechner s Godric in Christianity Literature 654 Sept 2016 455 72 Fascinating CL interview with Buechner here Buechner won CL s lifetime achievement award in 2007A little confusing at first because the narrative jumps back and forth from present to past Godric G also speaks of himself in the third person sometimes3 8 present narrated by Godric of Finchale five friends two snakes Mouse Ailred abott Gillian Reginald Reg is writing bio friendship a matter of wounds absence of friends leaves one empty cf CSL and Williams9 16 past distant father Aedlward who works hard for the lord G has Marvins Room grey eyes mother Aedwen odd sister Burcwen brother William the fish and the near death experience miracle 3 lessons17 22 present Reg on the meanings of names see here God reigns vs God wrecked Reg s s about dreams etc William of Normandy rule of St Benedict Godric feels unworthy of bio lyric poetry Mary23 27 past Tom Ball s blessing doors choices parting words with family Burcwen threatens suicide playfully28 34 past River Wear iron vest made death of Small confused with Haggai at Bishop s Lynn 3 follies G kills cat to peddle relics35 39 past Farne penance buries treasure from Bishop s Lynn dream of Cuthbert confession friend Roger Mouse boatman40 43 pastpresent tension of young vs old Beckett mentioned legends of Godric s encounter with a boarSatan and his kissing a leperuilt over the truth of the leper incident process of people s pilgrimage to see Godric monks at Durham are Roberto to the Dark Tower Came gatekeepers worthy pilgrims or those who payet a cross of plaited straw Godric feels unworthy to impart Polyphemus grace and sometimes he feels that he ll lose it himself and he wants to hold onto whateverrace he does have44 49 past waves melt away like years G tells Mouse a false name Gudericus Deric naming issue fish bumper sticker Alfred the Great they steal a ship and begin pirating Pink Ribbons, Inc. growing rich Ps 124 Mary as Virgin God s love s allift many sins death of Cuthbert on Farne50 55 past six month break Aedlward G s father has died Burcwen wants to Star Cookies Comfort go with G he says no we re all under a stone whether a tombstone or needhurtlongingetc alleged dream of Aedwen Aedlward in Purgatory reuesting prayers at Peter s tomb in Rome G promises too to Rome with his mother Burcwen stays with William incestuous sexual tension with G prayers to Mary56 61 presentpast Ailred and G on church roof River Wear flooding G is 80 Reg Mail Horror Bride (One Nation Under Zombies gone for the moment G contemplates the nature of time G s prescience ref to Noah G tells Ailred about the journey to Rome thieving priest double murder pregnant woman punished by uartering time again return of Reg problem of evil perspective62 67 past Rachel not who Jacob thought she was Rome not what pilgrims expected cf Luther s journey Gen 319 relics peddled crusaders Pope seems distracted G and motheriven a tour see the Colosseum we weep for ourselves no God in Rome but they pray anyway significance of the trapped bird BCP language G sees a bear on the way home eats figs and expels them Gillian appears and interprets the fable G has polluted God s Doros asin mga Anghel grace68 73 past comfort of familiar language travel home with other pilgrims henpecked baker and wife Ralph the mason Maud the Bawd and Cherryman the priest Gillian appears periodically speaking in proverbs she sees Aedlward freezing in Purgatory part of G freezes when Gillian departs74 79 past G reaches home and lies to Burcwen about MouseDeric cf JekyllHyde why mention Gillian now relationship with B strained Falkes de Granvill Norfolk lord hires G to be a steward G wants to escape home FdG s wife is Hedwic very young80 88 presentpastpresent Reg thinks G has died the trial of aging FdG mistreats the poor crops them to make them sprout G participates Hedwic s parable about a pristine outside concealing a corrupt inside dilemma of speaking up and bringing pain upon others FdG laughed at G s concern for those being cheated G flees hearing Hedwic weeping89 94 past meets up with Mouse who s lost an eye G had lain with Gillianabbing can signal the loss of friendship took pilgrims to Jerusalem prior to arriving in Arsuf they pick up the king of Jerusalem Baldwin land at Jaffa Jerusalem is saved from the Turks irony of God s will being done by rogues G refuses to steal from pilgrims and Mouse throws him overboard95 99 present lostfound contemplation on friendship rockswater Perkin The Other Alice green eyes as an almost son helps with G s tomb reference to Jordan river and G s regeneration death of Deric and new birth of G100 5 past entire chapter is a prayer G wants to learn to pray tour of Jerusalem compared with Rome G about 100 at the time of telling this part of his lifeuilt weighs on G s back recounting of sins commission and omission G wades in Jordan and comes out changed fools for Christ106 13 past G The Inside Text goes barefoot to honor Christ white bird significance asks feet to help him to doood deposits Farne treasure at a church near Bishop Auckland Elric anchorite at Wulsingham wrestles demons and speaks of penance G carries Elric on his back put one burden down and picked up another Elric much lighter than the The Connected Home guilt G stays at Elric s cairn for two years learned how to live114 20 past Elric Scratch fair find foul Sooes the world temptation is always lurking skull s a chapel but hands feet and heart have other desires we re not completely. Frederick Buechner's Godric retells the life of Godric of Finchale a twelfth century English holy man whose projects late in life included that of purifying his moral ambition of prideSin spiritual yearning rebirth fierce asceticism these hagiographic staples aren't easy to revitalize but Frederick Buechner oes at the task with intelligent intensity and a fine readiness to invent what history doesn't supply He contrives a style of speech for his narrator Godric himself that's brisk and tough sinewedHe avoids metaphysical fiddle em.
Frederick Buechner is a highly influential writer and theologian who has won awards for his poetry short stories novels and theological writings His work pioneered the genre of spiritual memoir laying the groundwork for writers such as Anne Lamott Rob Bell and Lauren WinnerHis first book A Long Day's Dying was published to acclaim just two years after he graduated from Princeton He entere