Diary of a Country Priest – Georges Bernanos

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In this classic Catholic novel, Bernanos movingly recounts the life of a young French country priest who grows to understand his provincial parish while learning spiritual humility himself. Awarded the Grand Prix for Literature by the Academie Francaise, The Diary of a Country Priest was adapted into an acclaimed film by Robert Bresson. “A book of the utmost sensitiveness and compassion…it is a work of deep, subtle and singularly encompassing art.” – New York Times Book Review (front page).

Pros
Serious subject matter handled seriously, not ironically. Clearly written sentences. Doesn’t insult your intelligence.

Cons
I had a hard time following it. Characters weren’t introduced. People just start having long abstract conversations. Never sure of what was going on exactly. This might have been due to the diary format of the book. In any case, I didn’t get much of a feel for what life was like for the main character, or for the time and place.

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