Many years after becoming an international best seller, The Devil's Advocate continues to rate among the best theological fiction of the 20th century. As beautifully written as West's New York Times best seller, The Shoes of the Fisherman, it was nominated for the National Book Award. Monsignor Blaise Meredith is dying of stomach cancer. On his last mission as canonical inquisitor, he is in southern Italy investigating the life of the mysterious Giacomo Nerone, whom the locals are proclaiming to be a saint. Three people hold the key to understanding the enigmatic life and suspicious death of Nerone, but none of them are talking. Time is running out for Meredith, who hopes to discover not only the truth about the local "saint," but also the meaning of his own life before it's too late.
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I loved The Devil's Advocate when I first read it many years ago. I wondered whether my reaction would be different after all this time. Not so. I found it just as moving. If you want fast action, this is not the book for you. If, however, you prefer a moving story, wonderfully written and well read you could do no better than this one. Morris West gets to the heart of the characters, exposing their dilemmas and pain. Do not think, however, that this is a sad book - rather it is one which is quietly uplifting. I highly recommend it to you.
Interesting characters in an evocative setting. The story of a modern Christ-like figure and the effect he has on those around him both during his life and after his death.
One or two elements are slightly dated, tho in a way more interesting than annoying, to me anyway.
A story I could listen to repeatedly. Italy, war, sex, love, sin.
"The abandonment of self we should all seek."
I'm not Catholic and don't believe in the making of special 'saints' but rather the eternal progression of all man at one level or another and the glorification of quite a few that loose themselves in this life. However, not only did I come to a better understanding and respect of the sainthood process in the Catholic church, but found the author to have explored this whole process with some very human and weak subjects very well. We should all strive to love and understand.
"A great listen"
The Devil's Advocate is a compelling and intellectual listen. I believe the book will be of interest to both Catholics and non-Catholics as the story is brilliant on humanness and transformation. The reader performed very well.
"A listening experience."
I am an evangelical Pastor. Not a Catholic. Nevertheless I couldn't recommend this book more strongly. It is brilliantly written. It can be life changing if thought is put into the meaning of the story. The Priest in the book who is the devils advocate was worried that he had wasted his life. The book has made me ask the same question. Seldom has a novel had such an impact on my life. I hope you reading this will be moved emotionally and spiritually as I have.
the Devil's Advocate is a compelling tale - beautifully written by Morris West and narrated by George Guidall, who is always good.
If you have faith, this performance of Morris West's "The Devil's Advocate" will bring you to tears many times, in grace. If you do not, the seeds will be planted.
"Probing Spiritual Psychology"
Though I'm not a Catholic, the insights into the characters and their struggles with faith-or lack of it-and the developments of human nature and the search for meaning in the chaotic world of the church and politics in 20th century Italy, are thought-provoking and replete with sincere piety and pathos. George Guidall's reading is excellent, as usual.
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