Godric: A Novel by Frederick BuechnerGodric: A Novel by Frederick Buechner

Godric: A Novel

byFrederick Buechner

Paperback | December 22, 1999

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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 that of purifying his moral ambition of pride...Sin, 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-sinewed...He avoids metaphysical fiddle, embedding his narrative in domestic reality--familiar affection, responsibilities, disasters...All on his own, Mr. Buechner has managed to reinvent projects of self-purification and of faith as piquant matter for contemporary fiction [in a book] notable for literary finish...Frederick Buechner is a very good writer indeed." -- Benjamin DeMott, The New York Times Book Review

"From the book's opening sentence...and sensible reader will be caught in Godric's grip...Godric glimmers brightly." -- Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek

"Godric is a memorable book...a marvelous gem of a book...destined to become a classic of its kind." -- Michael Heskett, Houston Chronicle

"In 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 Supplement

"Wityh a poet's sensibly and a high reverent fancy, Frederick Buechner paints a memorable portrait." -- Edmund Fuller, The Wall Street Journal

Frederick Buechner, author of more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction, is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent work is Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC?s of Faith.
Title:Godric: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.44 inPublished:December 22, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060611626

ISBN - 13:9780060611620


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real person I found this book by accident and started to read it. I could not put it down until I finished it. Godric"s experiences seemed to be personal. He came alive. This little book was the most moving and inspiring book that I have read in a long time. It should be read by anyone who embraces the faith.
Date published: 2000-02-22

From Our Editors

It is often difficult to find time for spirituality and deal with the problems of everyday life. This problem spans the ages, as Frank Buechner shows in his novel Godric. This is the story of Godric of Finchale, a 12th-century holy man searching for moral ambition in the face of degradation. Anyone trying to find the link to their spiritual side will find this novel inspiring. Other novels by Buechner include Wishful Thinking, The Eyes of the Heart and The Storm.