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Death Comes for the Archbishop (Vintage Classics)
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on August 11, 2009
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If you love exceptional writing this is a book you will savor. Willa Cather is a writer that not only creates a vision but catches the soul of the people, period, and settings she writes about. Death Comes for the Archbishop is a book for readers and writers. It is especially meaningful if you have ever visited New Mexico and Santa Fe and treasured its rich history. The simple elegance of the author's style is what has made this book a classic.
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on October 13, 2014
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Having spent many years with family all over New Mexico ,I could almost feel the dust and the smells that I only get there. Santa Fe and the cathedral in the center of the old Santa Fe are much the same as in her story . My first visit was in 1945 .
I found the story moving in the devotion of the Archbishop and his disappointment in the " men of God" that took advantage of their position for their worldly gain.
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on March 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Cather's descriptions are vivid and extensive, but to my taste not boring. I also liked the "freeze frame" style, because (this may be shallow) I have a 6 month old baby and that limits my time and attention span these days. I resisted this book at first, but got caught up in it pretty quickly. I did wish there was a chapter that fleshed out the Pike's Peak story.
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on October 2, 2014
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Cather perfectly captures the unique New Mexican landscape. She even manages to bring the light alive. And her presentations of characters are vividly portrayed, from the saintly archbishop, to his earthy assistant priest, to the Navajo Eusabio with his connection to the land. It's a perfect book--perhaps the best one about the early church and its influences on the development of the New Mexican territory.
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on August 1, 2014
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This book was one of the best books I've read in a long time! I was planning my first trip to Santa Fe, NM, and wanted to absorb the nature of the area through the descriptions by Willa Cather. Apparently she uses some historical basis for the story and the locations for which much of the story happens are real as well. Beautifully written and hard to put down. I am so glad I had it with me for my trip.
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on August 30, 2009
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When I read this book I had just finished the last volume of Proust's In Search of Lost Time. After such a verbose book it was a delight to read this concise prose that captured the moment in such a compelling way. Her portrayal of the Southwest Indians was especially moving. Her respect for them and sorrow over their plight was unusual for her time. I truly enjoyed every page and hated to see it end.
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on July 14, 2014
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A beautiful and frank look at what Catholicism is made to be.
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on July 13, 2014
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Wonderful book and story with very descriptive detail about the Southwest. Touches on history and the mistreatment of Indians and how ultimately some of this was reconciled.
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on July 11, 2014
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This book was a great read before a visit to Santa Fe. Though it is fiction, it is based on the history and people of that area and creates characters through whom one can experience that history.
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on June 19, 2014
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This book depicts well the rough and raw beauty of the time. The essence of the time period jumps off the pages - opening that past world to the reader. As I read, I always felt as if I were standing off in a corner of the scene, watching the story unfold before my eyes.
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