LUKE BENEDICT by Mark Oliver

LUKE BENEDICT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As told by his octogenarian uncle, this is the story of Luke Benedict, after his death, an iconoclast-idealist whose life reflected a divided nature. Something of a rebel at school, Luke grew up to be a reformer; a pacifist by conviction, he still fought in the war which cost him an eye and most of his stomach. An earlier stay in Sicily, working with the peasants and against their poverty and oppression, helped to confirm a later dedication when, after a shortlived marriage, a brief flasco in politics, and writing-novels, he entered the priesthood. Often he was to find that the Church itself was something less than the Christianity it professed. Continuing to write, his pseudonym is finally revealed, parishtoners protest, and finally his resignation is requested. Following this ""crucifixion of his principles"", he returns to Sicily to die at peace with himself.... The publisher's hopes for the market of Morris West or Graham Greene may seem otherworldly too- there is not the dramatic interest here and the handling, while appropriate, fond and formal in manner, is subdued in its appeal for modern readers.

Publisher: Vanguard