Death Comes for the Archbishop
Willa Cather's best known novel is an epic--almost mythic--story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. In the almost forty years that follow, Latour spreads his faith in the only way he knows--gently, all the while contending with an unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Out of these events, Cather gives us an indelible vision of life unfolding in a place where time itself seems suspended.
BONUS: The edition includes an excerpt from The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BookConcierge - LibraryThing
Okay … Intellectually I can appreciate Cather’s writing. The last chapter, in particular, is very fine. I love the way she is able to convey a sense of time and place … and she speaks of a landscape ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Daniel.Estes - LibraryThing
The story of Bishop Jean Marie Latour is for anyone who's adventured to a foreign land and then stayed long enough to call it home. To fully appreciate Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, a ... Read full review