THE LISTENER by Taylor Caldwell

THE LISTENER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An unusual concept this, and one that those who look to Taylor Caldwell for spiritual strengthening will find significant and possibly helpful. The Listener of the title might be a priest, a doctor, a judge, a father, a son, a friend, a psychiatrist- each seeker who comes for help finds his own identification -- and finds too that what has been lacking before is someone who will listen, compassionately, understandingly, and with all the time there is, and without revealing his identity-unless-at the end- the seeker wants to know who the listener is. Fifteen seekers come to the exquisitely simple building where day and night they can be heard. The fifteen include a disdainful society woman who resents what she considers the inferiority of her husband; the ""under-privileged"" man who put failure on never having had a chance; the Negro who felt himself rejected despite his education; the business man ""betrayed"" by a friend he had trusted; a father who would not face the pending death of his son; a young woman who felt permanently condemned for a sin of youth; a minister afraid to talk of sin to his flock; an alcoholic who found that all of life had gone stale; a teacher afraid of truth; a doctor who wondered whether his choice of healing was a right one; a judge who had always obeyed the letter of the law- and finally, a scientist who could not live with himself as a destroyer. To each one -- the quiet, the sense of a listener who cared, a sudden realization of who that listener was and why He was always available -- brings the answer he seeks and a chance to face life with a newly comprehended inner strength.... The gift of narration and characterization which Taylor Caldwell brings to each of her books is here in strong measure -- and along with this, the deep inner conviction that in turning again to God, humanity will find its way out of the morass.

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 1960
Publisher: Doubleday