- 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 (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,249,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grandmother and the Priests Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 1986
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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.Read more ›
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.
A look at the "Auld Lands" through the stories of various priests that pass through the parlor of a lapsed Catholic woman, who scandalizes her family and neighbors.
The stories celebrate Gaelic mysticism, old time religion, and even the die-hard cussedness of the Celtic spirit, shining through the early 20th century.
The men hope to re-convert their hostess (while enjoying a sumptuous meal and some excellent spirits!), but she may just be the most cussed of them all. A wonderful period piece that's colorful, funny and sometimes poignant, but never dull.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Taylor Caldwell does a splendid job. Once I started reading I hated putting it down. I recommend this book to all who love historical Christian fiction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by martina reeves
Very much Caldwell. Excellent read. My favorite authour so I tend to be bias.Published 6 months ago by Robert wilkinson
Anyone who loves Irish stories and understand some of the sufferings they endured a couple of generations back will enjoy this book no end.Published 7 months ago by Sister Charles Legg, D.C.
Caldwell has always been a wonderful descriptive writer and she doesn't disappoint in this book... She gives several short stories told by different priests who recall exceptional... Read morePublished 8 months ago by hflet45298
Gives a meaning to our lost world, our weakness, our fragile nature. Gives a hope, restores faith. Interesting, can't put it down. For every man with a pit of spirituality within. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hind
Once again Taylor Caldwell wrapped me in a world I didn't know. Making me think about man and his many struggles with good and evil. If you're a Caldwell fan you'll love it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Laural Wood