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  • Taschenbuch: 597 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ignatius Pr (1. September 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0898706904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898706901
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,4 x 13,4 x 3,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (41 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 202.019 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Father Elijah, a Holocaust survivor and convert to Catholicism from Judaism, travels through Europe and the Middle East on a papal mission to find a man who may be the Antichrist and induce him to repent.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von David Zampino am 15. Juni 2000
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I'll be honest. Apocalyptic literature has not been my number one interest. Much of what I've read in this genre has seemed to be unbelievable; relying overmuch on the "fantastic". "Father Elijah" is different. Very different.
Item: The author has a good grasp on the apocalyptic books of Scripture -- better, even, than many "Bible Christians".
Item: The author has a good grasp on the inner workings of the Church.
Item: The author has a good grasp of current events. Because of this, he is able to posit believable scenarios.
Item: The author has an excellent grasp of the human heart and soul; what it means to serve God; what it means to live in obedience; and what it means to be a priest.
Item: Finally, the author has an excellent grasp of God's overwhelming desire for the redemption of all His creation -- and the free will to choose to accept -- or deny -- the redemptive offering.
"Father Elijah" is a must read. I give it my hearty endorsement.
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This is definitely a very good book. O'Brien steers clear of crass apocalyptic hype and presents a rich philosphical novel. "Father Elijah" is character-driven, not event-driven; I was pleased at getting over halfway through the book without one killer asteroid or Islamic nuke threat.
Some people think the book wanders too much and is slow in spots---I disagree heartily. True, it does not keep up the pace of standard formula fiction, but that is its strength, not its weakness. The characters' dialogue is essential to the book's worth.
The characters are generally very likeable. Father Elijah himself is a compelling protagonist, somewhat akin to Father Brown. Billy is a glorious expression of rollicking Chestertonianism, and Don Matteo makes one think wistfully of St. Francis.
The one part of the book that didn't impress me too much (though it did others, so maybe it's just a matter of taste) was the conversion of Smokrev. It was better than most of the obligatory conversions in contemporary Christian fiction, but Elijah's apology for the faith lacked the reasoned lucidity of C. S. Lewis, the shattering paradox of G. K. Chesterton, the intellectual supernaturalism of Charles Williams, the wild simplicity of St. Francis, and the passionate dedication of St. Patrick. Perhaps I've just been spoiled...
I don't find the book's overt Catholicism offensive (this coming from a "Protestant"---though in principle I believe in what Lewis called "mere Christianity"). O'Brien portrays a very catholic Roman Catholic Church, and generally steers clear of issues that Protestants would find too sticky. Somebody made fun of the book's fascination with relics, but personally, that appealed to my poetic mind.
I gave "Father Elijah" four stars because O'Brien harks back to a lot of great writers of the past, but he isn't yet ready to take his place among them. He's off to a good start, though.
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Von Ein Kunde am 16. Januar 1998
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Any story on this topic is bound to attract a primarily Christian audience. Given a Christian faith and knowledge of the Bible, the realism of O'Brien's scenario makes it all too easy to slip into digesting this as a prophetic novel rather than what it is: fiction.
As Harold Bloom so eloquently states, the primary goal of a great novelist is not to deliver a message or change the world. The great novelist's goal is to be a great novelist. We must leave it for future generations to decide if Mr. O'Brien deserves that title. On the surface it would appear that he will not. By its very nature, the appeal of this book will be limited to those raised in a certain time period sharing a certain set of religious and cultural biases. I cannot imagine "Father Elijah" being of much interest to readers 100 years from now (except as a curiosity exemplifying the "millenial fever" that is naturally in vogue at this time).
I must point out that the book attempts to portray a realistic and "complete" world, but fails in that it is thoroughly and unwaveringly Catholic-centric. In this work, all Christians are Catholics; Protestants need not apply. This view is by no means offensive, but it seriously undermines O'Brien's ability to establish and maintain the "fictional dream."
To a non-Catholic, the reliance upon Saints and Holy relics borders on the hysterical. Not in the sense that it is funny (it IS mildly so in several cases) but in the sense of emotional instability. One cannot help but think of the Enquirer's articles about the Virgin Mary's face growing in a cabbage head (readily visible to anyone who "believes").
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Von Ein Kunde am 27. März 1997
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A splendid book, superbly written, with moments that are truly transcendant in the best tradition of the novel. Before continuing, it would be good to note its single flaw and that is that after reading 600 pages the resolution is incomplete--obviously indicating some manner of sequel. But, in the larger scheme of this story, the flaw (believe it or not) turns out to be trivial.

This story is an exploration both of the Church at a crossroads, and of the souls of individuals--both extraordinary and ordinary. What is most remarkable is that every character in the book is real, alive, and breathing. This isn't packed with the usual panoply of stereotypes who serve to "swell the progress of a scene." Each person is a person.

Michael O'Brien's message in this book is ultimately (as in all good apocalypses) one of hope. Redemption is not only for the perfect. Even in the face of great evil and great menace, ordinary people are capable of tremendous and occassionally saving love. Ordinary people are capable of showing us the way to God.

This book is a meditation and a reflection on Salvation--its promise and its fulfillment. Michael O'Brien has given Christians something they have longed for since the death of C.S. Lewis--Christian Fiction that is interesting, relevant, and real, Christian Fiction that at once proclaims the Christian message, and tells a story of fallible humans and ordinary life.

This is a book that should not be missed under any circumstances. Whether you are Christian or not, the wonderful flow of story telling is reminiscent of novels of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth century. Novels in which there is a story and room to breath and reflect. If Michael O'Brien fulfills the promise of this book, he will be a writer to watch carefully.
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