The Song of Bernadette

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Macmillan, Aug 15, 1989 - Fiction - 575 pages
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A slightly fictionalized version of the life of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes. While it is not exactly a religious work, it is truly reverent in its approach to the inscrutable, the unfathomable the divine. There is an engrossing picture of emperor, bishops, priests, nuns, merchants and artisans, a living pageant of the second Empire in 19th century France.
  

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User Review  - Judi - Goodreads

First of all I came to this book only after having seen the movie and I usually like to do things the other way. The movie is really spectacular with an ethereal Jennifer Jones... How could the book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eva Rubib - Goodreads

I wanted to convert after reading this book but then I was only twelve. I should read it again. Read full review

Contents

In the Cachot
15
Of Bemadettes Ignorance of the Holy Trinity
30
The Cafe Progres
36
End of the BrushWood
47
Of a Rivers Rage and Woe
53
The Lady
63
Of the Strangeness of the World
72
Madame Soubirous Is beside Herself
78
An Interrupted Secret Session
162
Open War
172
The Lady and the Gendarmes
191
Monsieur Estradas Return
202
The Dean Demands a Miracle
212
Vexation
224
Sheet Lightning
238
The Spring
249

Dreaming Is Forbidden
90
A Stone Hurtles Down
103
The First Words
120
Heralds of Science
140
Foreshadowings of Grace
363
Chance
383
The Wages of Affliction
485
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About the author (1989)

Born in Prague of Jewish parents, Werfel served in World War I, then lived and wrote in Vienna until driven out by the Nazi occupation of Austria. And the Bridge Was Love: Memories of a Lifetime, by his wife, Alma Werfel, in collaboration with E. B. Ashton, is a deeply personal autobiography of a remarkable life in Vienna by the woman who was also married to the composer-conductor Mahler and the architect Gropius. Werfel escaped to the United States after the fall of France in 1940, where he won international recognition for his fiction. The most popular of Werfel's works was the novel The Song of Bernadette (1942), recounting the miraculous vision of the Virgin Mary granted to the young girl who founded Lourdes. Werfel said he wrote the story in honor of his "miraculous" escape from the Nazis but neither affirmed nor denied the miracle at Lourdes. Werfel also wrote lyrical poetry and drama. His comedy Jacobowsky and the Colonel (1944) was successfully produced in New York in 1944. In 1967 the Hamburg Opera presented Giselher Klebe's operatic version of the play at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

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