From Library Journal
This audio edition of the 1932 novel is read in a straightforward fashion by Geoffrey Howard. An old man reflects on a life without love, without letting one's guard down even to one's family. His life's work seems to have been evading love. He has plotted to disinherit his wife and children from his considerable fortune. He explains the events and thoughts that led him to such a narrow, spiteful life in a series of letters to his wife, which are never shared with her. Mauriac creates Louis as a miserable old miser devoured by bitterness. In a quest to untangle the roots of his wretchedness, Louis begins writing his life story. As he tries to explain and to justify himself, his introspection leads him to see beyond his bitterness to a more profound, deeper understanding. Make no mistakes, there is no happy ending here. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1952, Mauriac develops a character from the inside out, so to speak. The listener is able to move into Louis's mind, to feel and understand his motivation. The reading has little drama, as if the reader is plowing through pages of dictation. But, all in all, it rather suits the story. This is not likely to be popular with the average patron wanting recreational listening. Recommended for academic collections and large public libraries wanting to have a comprehensive audio collection.ANancy Paul, Brandon
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One of the greatest Catholic novels of the twentieth century, Vipers’ Tangle is the story of Louis, an elderly man filled with bitterness who keeps a journal in which he records the vipers’ tangle of his own heart. With subtlety and wisdom, Mauriac traces the transformation of this tortured soul by the light of God’s grace.