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The Song of Bernadette (Religious Miracle Fiction Series) Paperback – August 15, 1989

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

Product Details

  • Series: Religious Miracle Fiction Series
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312034296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312034290
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,618,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Audun Myskja on April 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Franz Werfels in-depth account of one of the strangest tales in modern history, the apparitions of a lady to the asthmatic illiterate 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, raised in poverty. She believed in her visions, which included digging forth, at the lady`s command, a source from the ground by the local garbage dump, that has since become one of the most famous sites of pilgrimages in the world. Several hundred miraculous healings have happened at the source, which annually attracts 5 million pilgrims and patients seeking redemption, growth or physical healing.
New age literature abounds with phrases as "will change your life"; mainly hyperbole. Franz Werfel`s book is one of the few true life-changers I`ve read, if one can allow its message to sink in. Written over half a century ago, it does not seem dated in any way. Its message is even less dated, rather more urgent. Its message is one of faith, hope and love, the will to act upon what has truly touched the heart, and stay faithful to one`s truth. Thank you, Franz Werfel. Thank you, Bernadette.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Earle on May 5, 2002
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The Jewish author Franz Werfel wrote this novel after stopping at Lourdes on his way out of Nazi-occupied Europe. Impressed by what he observed at the famous shrine, he vowed that if he ever reached "the saving shores of America", he would do his best to "sing the song of Bernadette". As his wish was granted, his vow was honored. Interestingly, during the course of the novel, published at a time of extreme religious intolerance in Europe, we learn that Protestants as well as Jews also make pilgrimages to Lourdes.
The story is about the life of Bernadette Soubirous, an asthmatic fourteen-year-old peasant girl whose family have fallen on hard times. Noteworthy is the fact that Bernadette's mother, Louise, had a gift for healing the sick as other women of the Saint's matrilineal line.
The first apparition takes place on February 11, 1858 after her father has a lamentable day doing menial labor, and she, her sister, Marie, and friend, Jeanne Abadie are sent to collect firewood for their home. The ailing Bernadette stays on one side of the freezing pond water to prevent her asthma from becoming worse while the other go ahead, and in a frightening, tense moment, she is greeted by a pixie-like lady with a white veil,a white gown, dark hair, blue eyes, and a blue sash with a gold rose on each foot who smiles consistently.
In the days and weeks that follow, Bernadette's friends and foes align themselves either in her favor or against her. But miracles in the grotto take place when a blinded stonecutter and an ailing infant are among the first to be healed by water from the spring that the Lady told Bernadette to dig. However, moments of vindication for Bernadette come slowly.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Danusha V. Goska on August 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
My title of this review, "I recommend this book to *you*" may seem rather bold; after all, I don't know who may or may not come along and read this review.

But I stand by that title. Whoever you are, gentle reader, I recommend this book to you. It is one of those universal classics that powerfully, skillfully, and with thoroughgoing integrity, addresses a truly universal phenomenon: the encounter of mortal, corporeal, limited human beings with the numinous.

That's something we all share, no matter our language or religion. One day we are walking along, leading our workaday lives, and -- something happens. Something that just does not fit in what we can conceive of as real. We have a dream, we see, however fleetingly, a ghost, we know something we should not have known.

How do we respond? What is the proper response?

A related question: Human suffering. Why? What is God *thinking*? Or, isn't human suffering proof that there is no God?

Franz Werfel's "Song of Bernadette" takes up these questions, questions that every sentient creature must ponder at least once in his or her lifetime. And Werfel does a bang-up job.

Werfel himself was no stranger to either phenomenon. He knew suffering, and he knew the numinous. He had previously written of the Armenian genocide. He was a Jew escaping from Hitler when he, inspired by a trip to Lourdes in his escape, undertook to complete a vow and write something that would honor what he experienced there.

I was wary of this book. Mindful of the Jennifer Jones - Vincent Price movie (what a combo), I expected a spongy, pious, icky book. Boy, was I wrong.

From the start, the reader realizes that no matter what else he is, Werfel was an excellent writer.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lance Eccles on August 6, 2007
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At first this book annoyed me. The reason was that, being cast in the form of a novel, the author has been obliged to invent conversations, thoughts, motives, situations, and details of personality.

Furthermore, he has probably introduced a fictitious minor character now and then. Specifically, he has cast Sister Vauzous, who was Bernadette's novice master when she later entered the convent at Nevers, as her unsympathetic school teacher in Lourdes.

Several scenes are set in the schoolroom, yet I suspect Bernadette never went to school. The only language she spoke before entering the convent was Gascon, and visitors from Paris who wished to interview her needed an interpreter. Had she gone to school, she would have been able to speak at least a modicum of French.

In spite of these initial misgivings, the sweep of the story and the vividness of the writing eventually drew me in, and I frequently found myself very moved by it. The story of the apparitions and of the stir they created locally and nationally is convincingly told, and the simplicity of Bernadette's character is beautifully presented. Furthermore, it is astonishing that the author, who was not a Catholic or even a Christian, has been able to enter so successfully both the spiritual and political worlds of Catholicism.

I recommend the book highly. Catholic readers will find their faith deepened by it, but others will still find it a compelling story well told.
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