The Power and the Glory

The Power and the Glory

Book - 1982
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In a poor, remote section of southern Mexico, the Red Shirts have taken control, God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest strives to overcome physical and moral cowardice in order to find redemption. 240 pp.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1982, c1971.
ISBN: 9780140017915
0140017917
Branch Call Number: FICTION
PZ3.G794 P88 1977
Characteristics: 221 p. ; 18 cm.

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sess430
Jul 16, 2017

This dark story isn't an easy read. It was based on the Mexican state of Tabasco's anti-church campaign in the 1930s. Various characters in the book - the protagonist aka the "whiskey priest", another Catholic priest, the police lieutenant, the pious woman, etc. face hardships and moral dilemmas. The characters react differently and the reader will reflect on : What does having faith mean? How is a person "saved"? Who is/isn't a righteous person? It was controversial when published in 1940 and later made into a film called "The Fugitive" starring Henry Fonda.

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12sonas
Aug 16, 2012

Hate is a lack of imagination

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