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Grandmother and the Priests Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 1986


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett (December 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449213870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449213872
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 3.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautiful stories with morals and insights into a life gone by.
V. LaBore
I read this book many years ago and was a fan of Miss Caldwell to the point that I tried to find every book she had written.
Carol
In that way, this book is both a scrumptious novel and a set of wonderful short stories.
Aanel Victoria

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Henry on May 30, 2000
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"Grandmother and the Priests" must rate as the all-time sleeper in modern fiction. Never has storytelling magic so outstripped a novel's title. For if the title conjurs up images of old-fashioned yarns carefully constructed to avoid upsetting the reader, then the very first section of this incredible work will dispel all notions of ennui.

It is tempting to find another term besides "spellbinding" to describe "Grandmother and the Priests" -- if only because the term is generally overused/misapplied and so sends the reader running for cover. Here it is the only apt adjective, for Taylor Caldwell has put together a novel unlike any other I have encountered, and every tale within the main plot is fresh and so exciting as to be cause for many sleepless nights while one continues to read it.

"Grandmother and the Priests" is actually a compendium of short stories skillfully collected into a single plot pretext. A group of traveling priests from the Victorian-age British Isles meet around the fireside of a wealthy grandmother to a young girl visiting her. There they tell their colleagues their most remarkable test of their vocation. This amounts to an encounter with life, the most extreme test ever put to their faith in God and in themselves -- if you will, their rite of passage through life, their existential moment where they turn back defeat. The young girl listens spellbound to these stories -- all of them too earnest to suggest exaggeration, for such is the author's skill -- and recounts them in this book.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1999
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A little girl is sent to live with her grandmother, a rather unconventional lady. She is wealthy, and although not overly religious, she frequently has dinner parties with priests as her guests. The book is a memory of the stories the little girl heard at the table. Tales of sin and sacrifice, cowardice and bravery, pettiness and nobility. This is a book that can be powerful and moving. I have read it several times over the years and find it fresh every time. It is excellent.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Carol on December 13, 2004
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Your review was so eloquent that it brought tears to my eyes. I read this book many years ago and was a fan of Miss Caldwell to the point that I tried to find every book she had written. At that time I had found quite a few and saved them in a box in my attic. Stupid, stupid woman that I am I didn't realize what would happen to them. They were not saved with an eye to their value in this day and age, but because of the reverence I had for Miss Caldwell and her unbelievable talent as a writer and story teller. I can remember reading and rereading "The Listener" with a box of tissues always at hand, although all of her work was poignant and human and so full of life and its events, this one moved me beyond words. She had a genuine unquestionable gift for the interpretation of the human spirit with all of its strengths and weaknesses and I am sure we will not see her equal in my lifetime. Mr. Henry, you are correct, Taylor Caldwell's superior ability is not valued or appreciated and I consider this a travesty.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aanel Victoria on March 1, 2010
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This is fine literature, told by a master storyteller. Thoroughly delightful, and exceptionally well written. It's unfortunate that the cover of the paperback makes it look like a cheesy mass-market thing. It's not -- it's great literature deserving of a good leather binding.

The chapters contain a series of absorbing, and often addicting, stories of turn-of-the-century Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. If perchance one of the lovely and evocative stories does not appeal to you, you can skip to the next chapter and not miss anything. In that way, this book is both a scrumptious novel and a set of wonderful short stories.

As Taylor Caldwell was an Englishwoman of Scots background, one has a sense that the stories themselves are true and were heard by her at her grandmother's house.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Zdan on April 3, 2010
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One of the best books ever written. I've reread it at least a dozen times over the years and it never loses it's appeal. The tales of these religious men range from humor to soul searching drama, but all are inspirational and entertaining. The story is told from the point of view of the little girl visiting her somewhat scandalous grandmother. The childs observations of her vain granny vs. these men of God is a story unto itself and highly amusing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Brady on December 17, 2012
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I love Taylor Caldwell's sense of humor. Each character is believable and has personality. These stories were wonderful. Just old fashioned, good writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 5, 2012
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I am so excited to find this finally on the Kindle. I literally read the cover off my original paperback.Comforting about the love of God but not sickly sweet. Exciting hero tales and the priest heroes described are not the stereotypes of yesterday (twinkly) or today (demented). Full of Celtic wit and style and a tear or two besides. I cannot see why this book isn't more famous!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Norma Filppula on September 28, 2010
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I really liked this book. She had some excellent thoughts on religion. I've borrowed many of the comments out of this book. One in particular: "It's hard to find a Christian among Christians----". I've never been disappointed in her books.
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