The Life You Save May Be Your Own

An American Pilgrimage
Author(s): Paul Elie
Original Publish Date: Jun 26, 2005
eAudio - unabridged
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Product Number: Z100094850
Released: Jun 16, 2015
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ISBN: #9781483075310
Narrator/s: Lloyd James
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In the middle of the twentieth century, four American Catholics, working independently of one another, came to believe that the best way to explore the quandaries of religious faith was in writing. The four writers were Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Flannery O'Connor, and Walker Percy. Called the School of the Holy Ghost, for three decades they exchanged letters, ardently read each others' books, and grappled with what one of them called a "predicament shared in common." Paul Elie tells these four writers' story as a pilgrimage from the God-obsessed literary past to the chaos of postwar American life. It is a story about the ways we look to great books and writers to help us make sense of our experience, and the power of literature to change-and to save-our lives.

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Author(s): Paul Elie
Narrator(s): Lloyd James
Genre: Religion
Product Number DD6942
Released: Sep 01, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470892531
Author(s): Paul Elie
Product Number EB00103563
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429923958

Professional reviews

"Beginning as four disconnected biographies, this book gradually reveals its theme: four significant mid-twentieth-century writers exploring their Catholic faith through their work. As Flannery O'Connor, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and Walker Percy come into their own as writers, one begins to see the connection. Lloyd James's clear, educated voice suits the scholarly text. Its richness of tone and clarity of elocution allow the listener to engage without distraction. Interestingly, James's attempts at accents are somewhat inconsistent. The Southern drawls of Georgia-born O'Connor and Mississippi-bred Percy are unbalanced by any flavor of French from Merton. R.L.L. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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