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Lazarus Paperback – February 15, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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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This book is the last one in the Vatican Trilogy. It had some plot twists (and some predictable events toward the end of the book). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
A great read from Morris West When are Amazon going to have more of Morris West's novels available as E-books?Published 7 months ago by Patricia Gleeson
Morris West, along with the late Australian author Arthur Upfield, are my two favorite mystery writers. Read morePublished 12 months ago by george allen
This is a wonderful ending to the Trilogy. Although not as strong as The Shoes of the Fisherman or the Clowns of G-d, it still helped us to see a man in crisis and transition. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barry G. Albin
Gives the reader elements to analyze how a human being can change its character when an important event takes place in life and creates a conscience that makes a person review all... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peggy Baldwin
West writes in a very readable style, makes the story very entertaining & informative and shows how the bureaucracy in the Catholic Church is a power unto itself... Read more
Within an interesting plot, where you are taken in to read what is going to happen next, the author manages to bring forward the controversies of today's Roman Catholic Church,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Oscar E Medina A