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Product Details

  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Toby Press (February 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592641164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592641161
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Rasquinha on October 11, 2003
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Morris West's Lazarus is a cri de coeur in more ways than one. On a basic level, West has parlayed his own experience with life-saving cardiac surgery (and its impact on his life) into come up with an amazingly realistic account of the same transformation experienced by the Pope. On a deeper level, it is West's own plea for his beloved Catholic Church to break its self-imposed shackles of bureaucracy, rigid attitude and mechanistic rules and return to the basic metaphor of its founder : a shepherd caring for his flock of sheep.
This has been a consistent thrust of Morris West's writings, born out of his own experiences : a theme that is of course highly divisive. Many (like myself, admittedly) Catholics who considered the Second Vatican Council to be a long delayed awakening for the hierarchy, and the subsequent papal policies as a betrayal of the Council, will doubtless find ourselves in full agreement. I recognize at the same time that many persons of goodwill consider the Council as a step too far and view the retrenchments since then as advancements.
The Pope Leo of the book is not John Paul II of course, but his fundamental character is not far different. West envisages Leo as the stereotyped Curial bureaucrat who becomes a priest more from family expectations than any real calling, rises through the ranks and finds himself Pope with no real vision for the Church beyond the classical bureaucrat's respect for authority and rules. With this background, he (in all sincerity no doubt) rules with an iron hand, brooking no dissent and heedless of the human cost of his policies.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2000
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Again, the Vatican: The ageing pontiff faces death unless the famous, Jewish doctor performs surgery immediately. The risk? Nothing much - it's like getting into a car or a plane. You accept the risk, then forget it. Turning down surgery carries swift - and certain - death, so the heir of the fisherman accepts.
Being under the knife brings the iron-fisted hard-liner to a personal crisis, and he emerges another man after having seen death in the eye - thus the title. But the statistical risk of not making it through surgery is infinitesimal - compared to becoming the target of professional assassins as they gather around their prey.
As often is with West, he combines quick action with personal trauma. And once again, he does it well. The thrill and the thoughts are both essential, and the book is worth reading. And, not surprisingly, a twist at the end.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "gilspat" on October 1, 2002
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I read this book on vacation. Many years ago I read "In The Shoes of the Fisherman" and "The Clowns of God." I enjoyed both of these books but not enought to search out and read the third book in the trilogy. What a mistake! This book contains the politics of power, the behind the scenes strugles and the fears and doubts as well as the faith and triumphs of the servants of the Vatican, as well as the Italian and international scene. The relationships both formed, forming and parting kept me glued to the book. The pace was fast and enthralling. Do not miss this book. The end was somewhat predictable, but never-the-less still shocking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 22, 2013
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SEQUEL TO CLOWNS OF GOD. JUST AS GOOD AND JUST AS INSIGHTFUL. I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE. OK
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jaye on February 14, 2010
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While the story was slow to start - I am used to those modern fast reads - the character development was very satisfying and the story was thought provoking and inspiring. I often have trouble remembering the details of the many paper backs I read. This man and his story will stay with me. I look forward to reading it again in a year or so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Yancey on March 25, 2014
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Worth the read. Hated when it ended. Would recommend whole heartedly. I think this is the best in the trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fatima M. Fugate on November 23, 2008
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Morris West was a great writer and this is just one of his wonderful work. If you never read any of his book you should. In particular Lazarus which is one of many of his great work.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Greeson on August 4, 2013
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I have always enjoyed the moral works of Morris West, and this finale of the Vatican Trilogy is no different. Though morals and living a good life is touched up quite well, I thought it primarily a criticism of the Catholic Church specifically, and organized religion in general. The theme being, too much organization and not enough ministering of the faithful. A very different approach then his first book of the Trilogy on the Vatican which was The Shoes of The Fisherman. There it was the moral guts of the future Pope as interrogated by his Soviet capture who became head of state of his nation. Lazarus dealt with the belated awareness of the Pope that his entire life had been directed in the wrong direction. Both good books.
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