Summer Reading Group & Picnic Dinner
What's more fun than a summer reading group with a picnic? Reading a terrific, little (178 pages) novel about a 12th century saint - Godric of Finchale - ex-Crusader, hermit, whose best friends are two snakes, Fairweather and Tune. Frederick Buechner was short-listed for a Pulitzer prize for Godric, and has justifiable praise for bringing unlikely and little known characters to light.
Plan now to participate!
- Monday, June 26 at 6pm - First half of the book
- Monday, July 24 at 6pm - Second half of book
RSVP to Father Nic
Godric is a novel published in 1981, written by Frederick Buechner, that tells the semi-fictionalised life story of medieval Catholic saint Godric of Finchale. The novel was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Godric is told in Saint Godric's own voice: Buechner intentionally uses style, tone, and word choice to evoke a "mediaeval" manner of speaking. The book unfolds with Godric narrating the events of his life in retrospect, as he looks back on his hundred years of life and does not see the saintly existence that many ascribe to him. The honest earthiness of Godric's account of his life—his candour in describing his most pious acts and most wretched sins—made this book a critical favourite. The Times, for example, noted in its Literary Supplement that "Godric is a living battleground where God fights it out with the world, the Flesh, and the Devil."
As a historical novel it provides a gateway for understanding mediaeval history with the full breadth of imagination, characterisation and emotion in which non-fiction history is restricted.