Cardinal Galsworthy: A Novel

Viking, 1997 - 493 Seiten
Edward R. F. Sheehan's vast novel opens on the eve of the Third Millennium. The charismatic "Slav Pope" has just died. The Conclave of Cardinals struggles to elect his successor. A foremost candidate is the imperious and elegant Augustine Cardinal Galsworthy, whose sixty-nine years have encompassed all of the epic changes in the Church during the last half of the twentieth century. How did Cardinal Galsworthy attain this moment of lustrous eminence? Should he or should he not be Pope? Through the Cardinals eyes and voice, Edward Sheehan immerses us in Galsworthy's life - from a lonely and awkward childhood of the English minor nobility to his astonishing rise as a celebrated ecclesiastic and intimate of the vividly portrayed pontiffs who reigned during a convulsive epoch of the Church. Erudite, sensual, and enigmatic, Cardinal Galsworthy seems worldly and spiritual both at once. A reluctant priest, he progresses through his remarkable life as though on a pilgrimage from tormenting doubt toward deep faith. His wish for glory is surpassed only by his gallant labors among the destitute of the Congo, Central America, and Somalia.

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Journalist and novelist Sheehan (Innocent Darkness, 1993, etc.) delivers a bloated and pretentious—if lively—saga of recent Vatican history as seen through the career of one very complicated man ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Cardinal Galsworthy: a novel

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Augustine Galsworthy is the son of an English peer and his American wife. A clumsy, stuttering boy, he was sent away to a church-run French school, where his teachers convinced him to become a priest ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (1997)

Author and foreign correspondent Edward R. F. Sheehan graduated from Boston College in 1952 and then served in the Navy for two years. After his military service, he worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe. In 1957, he joined the Foreign Service and worked as a press officer for United States embassies in Cairo and Beirut. While a freelance journalist, he wrote for numerous publications including The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and Harper's. He wrote fiction and non-fiction works including Kingdom of Illusion (1964); Cardinal Galsworthy (1997); and The Arabs, Israelis, and Kissinger: A Secret History of American Diplomacy in the Middle East (1976). He also wrote a play entitled Kingdoms, which opened on Broadway in 1981, but closed quickly because of poor reviews. He died due to an allergic reaction to medication on November 3, 2008 at the age of 78.

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