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Product Details

  • Series: Loyola Classics
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Classics (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829421300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829421309
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

First Confession and its terrors. First grade with eighty-four other students and one nun to rule them all.
The agony and the ecstasy of Lent. The Worst Altar Server Ever. Dinah Shore and the Blessed Virgin, haunting your dreams.
This is Eddie Ryan’s world—the intensely Catholic world of Chicago’s Seven Holy Tombs neighborhood and St. Bastion’s parish in the 1950s. In this classic coming-of-age novel, John Powers draws readers into Eddie Ryan’s world with bittersweet humor and deep affection.
 

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“It is fast-moving and often downright funny.”—New York Times

“He has recaptured childish innocence and presented it with adult enlightenment—plus a touch of cynicism—yet never with irreverence.”
—Book-of-the-Month Club News

First confession and its terrors. Eighty-four first graders in a classroom ruled by just one nun. The agony and the ecstasy of Lent. The dubious honor of being declared the worst altar server ever. Dinah Shore and the Blessed Virgin haunting your dreams. This is Eddie Ryan’s world as he grows up in the intensely Catholic world of South-Side Chicago’s St. Bastion’s parish in the 1950s. In this classic coming-of-age novel, John Powers draws readers into Eddie Ryan’s world with deep affection and bittersweet humor.
 


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Funniest book I ever read.
Karen E Bryan
This is a great book for anyone who grew up Catholic and went to a Catholic grade school!
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His writing is very funny.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jay Young on May 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
John Powers' novel is a funny and poignant look at growing up Catholic in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It's not so much a novel as a collection of short stories with the same main characters.

His writing is very funny. One of my favorite chapters in here is when Eddie Ryan (the alter ego of the author) goes into a book store looking for a "dirty book." He was given advice on how to look for one by his friend, Felix "The Filth Fiend" Linder. When Eddie finds what he thinks is a good dirty book, he yells out, "I found a dirty book!" Unfortunately, he yelled a little too loud, and the store owner throws him out. I'm not going to give away the ending to this story, but trust me, you'll like it.

One caveat, though. This book is likely to be carried by Catholic bookstores. That's where I bought my copy, actually. And some people who see it at a Catholic bookstore may be expecting a Michael O'Brien type novel. Trust me, it's not. Powers does not care much for the faith in which he was raised, and it shows in his writing. OK, he likes the Catholic faith in a nostalgic sense perhaps, but he obviously no longer believes in the doctrines he was raised in. His exploration of faith is limited to episodes which he sees as examples of the deficiencies of Catholicism.

That said, this is a well-written book, and well-worth reading. Fans of humorous writing will particularly enjoy it. Overall, 4 out of 5.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jenniferk66 on December 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Last Catholic In America was one of my favorite books growing up. Anyone who's been "raised Catholic" will relate and will be entertained by this book.

I am happy to see this title back in print!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Enjoyed this book immensely. It brought back many memories---the Baltimore Catechism, practicing for First Holy Communion, mission fund raising, etc. I passed it on to others I know who also went to Catholic school, and they all loved it too. For more enjoyment in the same line read Ed Stivender's 2 books "Growing Up Catholic" and "Still Catholic After All These Fears."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thought I was the only one who found humor in my Catholic upbringing until I read this book! This is a must read for all denominations, but "us" Catholics are the only true ones who can appreciate it! Powers does an excellent job at taking the reader into his world of guilt, and religion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donna Demick on February 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read "The Last Catholic in America" in the 1980's. From the beginning "Who made You?" I was brought back to my early Catholic school education. The author captured my interest and reopened many memories. I laughed until I cried at many of the antics. Alas I loaned the book several times and lost track of it. Would love another copy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan the Man Unusual on September 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a bittersweet look back at the narrator's days in Catholic grade school. Many of the hilarious adventures can be related to - the nuns who could chuck a "curve" eraser, the kid going to get a haircut and ending up with a military buzzcut, Felix the "filth fiend" (the kid who collected the porn mags), etc. It brought back a lot of memories of my own days. Like the other posters here, the copy I read is long gone. Please put this back in print!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil Valerio on December 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Though I wasn't born until after the time this book takes place, I first read it when I was 11 years old. I couldn't put it down then, I was so amused. I've re-read the book many times since then have given it several times as gifts and am terribly disappointed that it's no longer in print. To anyone with a VERY used extra copy they no longer need, I would very much appreciate a note to me at PValeri@rfc.com!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I met the author in the early 1970's. My high school book club loved his book and we invited him to visit us way out in the boondocks. He came and talked about his 2 books, Chicago, life, and writing. He was very genuine and funny. (John, thanks so much visiting us.) Looks like I have a collector's item now. He turned the book into a play (a musical as I recall) sometime in the late 70's to early 80's.
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