- Paperback: 375 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; First edition (June 7, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156029812
- ISBN-13: 978-0156029810
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 112 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Someone has hacked into the Pope's personal computer, not to spy on the Vatican, but to send an urgent plea for help: save our lady of the tears. The crumbling Baroque church in the heart of Seville is slated for demolition-but two of its defenders have suddenly died. Accidents? Or murders? And was the church itself somehow involved? Father Lorenzo Quart is dispatched to investigate the situation-and stay alive while doing so. Thus begins this sophisticated and utterly suspenseful page-turner. A superb entertainment, The Seville Communion is an intricate thriller that has taken readers by storm.
"An elegant thriller . . .This is a book to be savored. It is as rich and complex as the best of the golden sherries produced in the wineries around Seville."--The Denver Post
Internationally acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Reverte was born in 1951 in Spain, where he lives. His bestselling books have been translated into nineteen languages in thirty countries and have sold millions of copies.
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Though very different in personality, Fr. Quart reminded me of another handsome but challenged Jesuit, Fr. Emilio Sandoz, in Mary Doria Russell's lovely book The Sparrow. He is not a man of Faith but, like Sandoz, he has found peace, purpose, and discipline in the priesthood and that is good enough for him. In Seville he finds an entire city full of exasperating characters --- from a disillusioned American nun to a bumbling, debt-ridden gambler --- all determined to thwart his every move. Quart has always relied on his self-discipline, intellect, and pride in being a "good soldier" to guide him but in Seville none of that seems useful any more. The storyline is not complex but, as the end approaches and Quart takes it upon himself to perform the one act that can make a difference in the bizarre situation, the reader cannot help but be somewhat thrilled that this former "good soldier" will risk his entire distinguished career to perform an act of Faith out of a faith he didn't know he had. Quart redeems himself even though he isn't really sure what that means.
This is an enjoyable read (and I sincerely wish I read Spanish well enough to read the original) with a few hilarious moments and a climax that left me in tears.
I was fascinated with the way characters were developed, even though I early on figured out (as did at least one other reader) the identities of the killer and the hacker. But that only enhanced the way the book led me through the behavior of each character.
Perez-Reverte understands, as does Umberto Eco in "Name of the Rose," that a Grand Inquisitor has a personality which depends for satisfaction on the status of his victims. The Inquisition lives on in such lost souls. P-R also shows understanding of cowardice in an all too common form: abuse of the helpless for entertainment. He holds a lens to the vincible evil of the old banker who gives his regular shoe shine man payment with a denomination of money for which he knows the fellow cannot make change. The old banker enjoys a helpless person's humiliation for an honest bit of labor.
The author is kind enough to allow readers to find similar subtle gems of insight set into the manuscript. What some reviewers saw as "comic relief" of the bungling local spies, I saw as a portrait of incompetent, invincible evil. The trio of self-deceiving never-have-beens incapable of facing their insignificance required no response from those trying to preserve an old church as a haven.
I was entertained until the last sentence (anticlimactic for me) by the way those who sought good consequences for others (preservation of a place of solace and peace) chose not to be distracted to despair by mindful cruelties and idiocies drifting around them.
The choices made by strong, good souls reminded me of the remarks Solzhenitsyn makes in his "Détente: Prospects for Democracy and Dictatorship" when he says that those who wish the world well should not "make concessions to senseless, immoral aggressors" and should "find others of good will" until there! is a critical mass of firm, caring people. In this sense, "Seville Communion" has many layers of meaning. The surface layer is the defense of a simple place of solace in communion. Behind this surface is a realm where those who wish the world well find satisfaction in their own spiritual strength to keep alive a process of liberation.
A caution: the Kindle e-version of the book is riddled with typos and errors of format. There are enough that it is distracting. It appears that when the print version was digitized, no editing was done.