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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.
It remains one of the greatest books I have ever read.
He even implicates the reader in Louis' sin-ridden life by suggesting that love requires patience and understanding--a willingness to reach out to souls in torment.
This book never mentions Catholicism, so I am not sure what makes this book "Catholic".
I know and I agree with you: the very idea of a religious novel sends me running for the hills, too. But a friend set me straight and I'm glad she did. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Chester Vaughan
A book is a book. Either you like it or you do not. All I can say is that the purchase experience was okayPublished 18 months ago by John V. Doyle
The cover of my old and battered copy of Francois Mauriac's novel Vipers' Tangle declares it to be "one of the greatest Catholic novels of all times. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was very interesting, I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down. I would recommend reading this book.Published on January 28, 2013 by Daniel Douglason
I loved this novel, and plan now to read more Mauriac. The story revolves around an aging lawyer, who is fully aware of how damaged and distorted his soul had become, who is... Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by John Mccarthy
I was unable to read more than 60 pages of this novel. I simply tired of the dying rich man's lamenting his unfortunate life and marriage. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by LINDA LEVEN
This is my second Mauriac novel, the first being Woman of the Pharisees, and I enjoyed it immensely. Read morePublished on December 16, 2009 by Jason Joseph