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Evensong (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – February 29, 2000
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BUT- I rated it 4 stars. Reading the other reviews, I see there is no consensus on what this book is about. It can be about any number of things as the actual action is fairly slow in deference to the descriptions and relationships and philosophies. That part is fine with me. And I agree that the build-up to the millenium in the story didn't quite work. But it is worth the read; just don't be looking for a totally absorbing story line. There is truly beautiful writing in this book-(maybe some places where it shouldn't be, like out of the mouth of a rebellious teenager.) Maybe parts of the story were a little unrealistic, but the insight, the inaction, the relationships were beautifully written and worth the read on their own.
The contrast between Grace and Margaret perfectly illustrates the tension and conflict between many church-going Christians. The author is careful not to declare either approach right or wrong, but does point out the short-sightedness on both sides.
This book perfectly describes the normal, everyday trials and struggles of living as a minister's wife and as a minister. Like everyone else, ministers and their families deal with marital and child-rearing difficulties along with tragic events in their less-than-ideal lives, but the author aptly captures the "fish-bowel" living that occurs in the ministry. Even Margaret's and Adrian's intimate relationship and struggles with depression were sensitively and beautifully portrayed.
I recommend this well-written book to anyone who attempts to have a practical spiritual life in a hectic and harried world.
I adored this story and its quiet, slow pace. Perhaps it does pale in comparison to the prequel - I picked this up in the library and didn't realize it was a sequel. It stands alone well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is less of a Novel, more of a diary. The internal thoughts and concerns of a balanced intelligent woman pastor, with endless patience and faith. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Baldwin
I really loved Fr. Melancholy's Daughter. So I was excited to read this sequel on Margaret's life. I had heard she follows her late father's footsteps. Read morePublished 23 months ago by K. Stickney
Evensong is easily among my top 5 favorite novels of all time. Godwin is a masterful writer who can weave spirituality, love, and sexuality into an engaging, yet unobtrusive story. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by mak3112
After the pleasant experience of reading Father Melancholy's Daughter , this sequel was pure frustration . Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by FRS
It was right down "the alley" of my kind of book. There are passages so good they are underlined for quotes. It's just a well-written story :)Published on June 16, 2014 by Ramona B. Milby
I am a total fan of Gail Godwin and have been since reading "The Odd Woman" back in -- oh well, never mind. "Evensong" is not one of my favorites, but it's still a good read. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Virginia Graziani
One of my favorite books from this author. The prequel and sequel are also excellent. Great characterization, some irony, a look into the life of a woman priest.
I love it.
I loved Father Melancholy's Daughter (the first Gail Godwin book I had ever read) and wanted more of the story--more of Margaret. Read morePublished on April 6, 2010 by Jane Beckwith