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The Shoes of the Fisherman [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Morris L. West
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April 1991
A story of drama and intrigue set in the Vatican in Rome. The book tells of the Vatican's links with international politics. The author also wrote "The Devil's Advocate".
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  • Taschenbuch: 374 Seiten
  • Verlag: St Martin's Press; Auflage: Reprint (April 1991)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312924666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312924669
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,3 x 10,7 x 2,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 839.784 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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A new pope has been elected and there are many problems he must solve, including a confrontation with the Soviet leader who was his jailor in a Siberian prison camp.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mysteries to Ponder 1. Juli 2007
"The Shoes of the Fisherman" is a novel first published in 1963 which centers on the election and early reign of Pope Kiril I, a Russian, recently released from prison, whose secret appointment to the College of Cardinals was revealed by his dying predecessor upon his release from prison. The novel begins with the preparations for the conclave and the mechanism of Kiril's election.

In the course of this novel, author Morris West weaves an intriguing collection of characters and themes though the book and into each others lives, all centering on Pope Kiril. The characters include a German-Jewish, American-Catholic widow trying to find meaning in her life in Rome, an American reporter, an Italian politician, the woman torn between them, a suppressed Jesuit theologian and assorted Curial officials. Summit correspondence channeled through Kiril adds a touch of diplomatic tension to the tale.

The story which each of these characters brings to the novel grasps the attention of the reader One is tempted to try to find recent Popes in the person of Kiril. Is he Paul who started the tradition of Papal travelers? Is he John Paul the Wander, another "Light from the East", whose involvement in international power politics will be studied for years? The reader is well advised to resist the temptation to see history in this novel. The ultimate story is Kiril himself, Kiril the priest-counselor, the priest-confessor, Kiril the pastor, the Vicar of the Prince of Peace, but mostly the soul searching for God's will and reaching within himself for the courage to follow it. Through the book you will wonder about the characters who flow in and out of it. At the end you will focus on Kiril as he fathoms the mysteries of God. This is what you will keep in your mind and ponder in your heart.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Prophetic and engaging 9. Februar 2006
This book (and the movie which derives from it) is remarkable, all the moreso because of the the amount of inadvertent prophecy that takes place during the course of it. 'Shoes of the Fisherman' is a phrase that is sometimes used to refer to the office of the Pope, the Bishop of Rome; the See of Peter, the Chair of Peter, etc., various other historical and scriptural references are a kind of ecclesial shorthand.
This story takes place during the height of the Cold War, when it was not primarily a two-way confrontation, but rather seemed to threaten to become a three-way contest with the seeming emergence of China as a communist power independent from the Soviet Union. This book sets a looming crisis between the United States and Soviet Union as the primary issue, and concludes with a major conference for peace being called (we do not get to know the outcome of this, however, from the book).
Archbishop Kiril Lakato, longtime political prisoner of the Soviet Union, is released (the exact reasoning for this we are never told) by his long-time captors. He is released to Rome, where he is installed as a cardinal for his faithfulness to the church. In quick succession after this, the pope dies, and an election takes place. Remarkably, Kiril the Russian is elected pope, after giving a moving account of his time in captivity to assembled cardinals weary of the election process, and shortly thereafter commits the church to a risky idea of intervention between the major powers, to the dismay of many of the fellow cardinals, who believe the new pope is following a dangerous path.
Subplots include a very timid (by today's standards), and to a certain extent a bit distracting.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Pope from the Steppes. 20. August 1999
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First read this some 20 years ago and reread it recently.Was more enthralled the 2nd time.I liked that the author appears to have inside knowledge of the Vatican.He impresses us with it as he slowly unravels the story of Kiril Lakota,a cardinal from behind the iron curtain(when there was a curtain)who unexpectedly and reluctantly is elected Supreme Pontiff.Not being of the faith it was all a mystery to me and this story managed in a little way to de-mystify a few things.How they elect a pope for one! It dawns on the reader that even persons that high up have foibles and prejudices like us mere mortals.A comforting and worrying thought at the same time. A must for all Morris West fans.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent. Subject: The Life and Times of His Holiness 13. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
The author did a very nice job of illustrating how the church leaders can feel very compassionate towards a person or issue, yet the churches' position comes across as cold and condescending. The character development was excellent. I developed a sense of pity for the loneliness and isolation that the Pope must feel until death. The plots that only superficially involved the Pontiff were great and really kept the reader engaged. This book gave a very well rounded depiction of the papacy, Rome, and the questions facing the church today.
My only problem with this book was that it was laden with verbose narratives about evolution, faith, eternity, and other complicated issues. The book did not quench my thirst for papal history and traditions, but this was fiction, so that will have to wait for another day and other book.
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