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SUMMARY ã Godric A Novel ´ ➳ [Reading] ➶ Godric A Novel By Frederick Buechner ➩ – 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 ye Frederick Buechner's Godric retOf a 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 Journal. 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 and grime 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 greed 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 gotten gains on the remote isle of Farne and Godric finds his true self; that glimmer 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 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 a hilarious highlight Sainthood is not cloaked in glory and the sublime The glory is in the grime 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 gutted 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 giving 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 giving of the impoverished little he has; this giving 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 guise 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

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Frederick Buechner's Godric retells the life of Godric of Finchale a twelfth century English holy man whose projects late in life included Godric A MOBI #234 that of purifying his moral ambition of prideSin spiritual yearning rebirth fierce asceticism these hagiographic staples aren't easy to revitalize but Frederick Buechner goes 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 metaphysic. 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 goes 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 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


Godric A NovelAl fiddle embedding 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 very good writer indeed Benjamin DeMott The New York Times Book ReviewFrom the book's opening sentenceand sensible reader will be caught in Godric's gripGodric glimmers brightly Peter S Prescott NewsweekGodric is a memorable booka marvelous gem. This was the first of Buechner's fiction that I had ever read and it was such a 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