FATHER HILARY'S HOLIDAY by Bruce Marshall

FATHER HILARY'S HOLIDAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Mass in English, Lolita in Latin, that's the recipe for peace in our time."" One of the other newer looks is Franciscan Father Hilary, who leaves Nottinghamshire to attend a Congress in Santo Tomas. Its ""Liberator"" there (viz. dictator) is looking for a ""spiritual answer"" to Castro, really in the interests of his own personal survival. At one point in this irreverently reverent caper, Father Hilary observes: ""Didn't God write straight with crooked lines?"" Well, Father Hilary can weave a crooked line too or handle a Lambretta or a treble whisky. Down in Santo Tomas he manages to attend the Liberator's Casino-night club ""El Sexy,"" beat the tables, become a prime suspect, and finally achieve temporary peace in our time after a revolution breaks out.... Father Hilary, a Don Camillo-ish figure, wears a halo of humor and his story moves easily through pleasant shades of grace and disgrace.

Publisher: Doubleday