Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.
©2014 Willa Cather (P)2016 Random House Audio
"A truly remarkable book... Soaked through and through with atmosphere... From the riches of her imagination and sympathy Miss Cather has distilled a very rare piece of literature. It stands out, from the very resistance it opposes to classification." (New York Times)
"The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us." (Rebecca West)
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"A beautiful story, perfectly read"
I downloaded this book on a whim, but wow was it something special. This novel is written simply but very elegantly, and I was moved by the story of the colorful lives of the bishop and his faithful friend. The narration is perfect for the story--sparse, unadorned, perfectly judged. I recommend this to anyone, but especially those looking to be carried away to harder but simpler times. What a powerful counterpoint to our troubled times.
I've been watching for this audible version of this book for years! Thank you, whoever made this happen.
"Uplifting but lacks plot"
Love the history, Catholic themes, beautiful desert scenery, and missionary stories but got annoyed there wasn't one connected narrative; kind of a patchwork of stories. Good book though.
"A wonderful book"
I listened to it while on a long journey and the vivid detailed descriptions of scenery and life in New Mexico took me there and made the time pass so quickly. It is a book I look forward to listening to again.
There were several themes in the book, from the political life of New Mexico, treatment of Native Americans to Georgia O Keefe that inspired me to research more and that can only be a good thing.
I was blown away by the descriptions of the New Mexico sky and landscape. I wanted to jump in my car and drive to Santa Fe. I downloaded this book after reading a travel piece in the New York Times that quoted from the novel extensively and was blown away by both the descriptions of the landscape but even more so by the description of the life of early missionaries, the Mexicans and the native Americans. Highly recommend!
Great story with a very compelling historical take on Catholicism in late 18th / early 19th century America.
I was glued to my ears, totally immersed in the beautiful language, description of landscape, and the story.
I was transported back to 17th and 18th century.
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