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Can a timeless book become timely 100 years after its first appearance?
In this profound and prescient novel, Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson gives us an imaginative foretelling of the end of the world. All stories, Aristotle said, have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but most ends are relative, the terminus of this chain of acts or that. But what of the end that terminates all human action as we know it, the end of time itself, the Second Coming? Since this novel appeared in 1906, many others have been devoted to nuclear disaster, destructive comets, and other hair-raising possibilities. What sets Benson’s story apart and makes it as readable today as when it was written is the Catholic and biblical context that provides the ultimate meaning.
Robert Hugh Benson (1871–1914) was the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and his conversion to Catholicism caused a stir. He became a great apologist for the faith, in spiritual works as well as in works of the imagination. Lord of the World is first of all a tremendous “read,” but it is also spiritual food for thought.
The late Ralph McInerny contributed a fine preface to the work, and recently Fr. C. John McCloskey III, a specialist on the work of Robert Hugh Benson, added a fascinating introduction.
The book is and will be reverberating in my mind for quite some time.
It has helped me realize what this world would be like without the catholic church, the inherent dangers of secularism, and the path to rectify the evil of modernism.
Beautiful, poetic, with a seam of implacable sadness and tragedy throughout.
This is an interesting book. It is a precursor to the more modern apocalyptic literature
like the Left Behind series. Read more
The first time I finished reading this book I had to confirm it was written over 100 years ago. It seemed as if it was ripped from the newspaper headlines today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
The book is a classic and excellent. But these computer run off classics are impossible to read. I've accidentally gotten a few of these and all you can do with them is toss it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kay
While depressing, this book is still amazing and contains the truth! We might take some lessons from it.Published 4 months ago by cathy2629
This is a futuristic work so it can be just a tad difficult to follow at first, but it's a very interesting take on how things could play out for Christians, and especially... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael J Park
Fascinating to see how much of this story really paves the way for "Brave New World," "1984," and other, similar novels. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James R Dunlap Jr
Keeping in mind when it was written. It can still be read as an exciting Christian fiction story with profound theological perception.Published 8 months ago by Emil D'Onofrio
This is an amazing book. Well-written and often prescient. It is a truly frightening book. His imagination is wonderful, but often eerie. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. A. Maxwell
This book is such a compelling read. Wonderfully written and ahead of it's time. Was looking for a catholic fiction novel that incorporated aspects of truth, or what could be. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brian Miller