AN Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's OddestTown (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 9, 2009 - Travel - 304 pages
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Read David Farley's posts on the Penguin Blog. A tour through the centuries and through a bizarre Italian town in search of an unbelievable relic: the foreskin of Jesus Christ

In December 1983, a priest in the Italian hill town of Calcata shared shocking news with his congregation: the pride of their town, the foreskin of Jesus, had been stolen. Some postulated that it had been stolen by Satanists. Some said the priest himself was to blame. Some even pointed their fingers at the Vatican. In 2006, travel writer David Farley moved to Calcata, determined to find the missing foreskin, or at least find out the truth behind its disappearance.

Farley recounts how the relic passed from Charlemagne to the papacy to a marauding sixteenth-century German solider before finally ending up in Calcata, where miracles occurred that made the sleepy town a major pilgrimage destination. Blending history, travel, and perhaps the oddest story in Christian lore, An Irreverent Curiosity is a weird and wonderful tale of conspiracy and misadventure.


  

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Overall, good potential but poor pacing. - Goodreads
The ending is a bit abrupt too. - Goodreads
Farley does his research and the results are awesome. - Goodreads
David Farley is more than just a travel writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

The author rambled and repeated himself often. I thought the histories of the relics were interesting, but the title is correct in that it was irreverent. The parts about Italian culture were funny ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tracy Graziani - Goodreads

I couldn't tell to the last time I had this much fun reading a book. The characters, the story, the adventure--absurd an wonderful! Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 5
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 11
Chapter 13
Chapter 15
Chapter 19
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About the author (2009)

David Farley’s travel writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Slate, and many other publications. He teaches writing at New York University and lives in New York.

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