Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather audiobook

Death Comes for the Archbishop

By Willa Cather
Read by David Ackroyd

Random House Audio
7.70 Hours Unabridged
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Willa Cather's best known novel is an epic--almost mythic--story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. In the almost forty years that follow, Latour spreads his faith in the only way he knows--gently, all the while contending with an unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Out of these events, Cather gives us an indelible vision of life unfolding in a place where time itself seems suspended.

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Summary

Summary

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

One of the Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

A Life Magazine Pick of 100 Outstanding Books of 1924 to 1944

A Western Writers of America Pick of the 10 Best Western Novels of the 20th Century

A Publishers Weekly Pick of 10 Must-Read Crime Books set in the American West

Willa Cather's best known novel is an epic--almost mythic--story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. In the almost forty years that follow, Latour spreads his faith in the only way he knows--gently, all the while contending with an unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Out of these events, Cather gives us an indelible vision of life unfolding in a place where time itself seems suspended.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[Cather’s] descriptions of the Indian mesa towns on the rock are as beautiful, as unjudging, as lucid, as her descriptions of the Bishop’s cathedral. It is an art of ‘making,’ of clear depiction—of separate objects, whose whole effect works slowly and mysteriously in the reader, and cannot be summed up. . . . Cather’s composed acceptance of mystery is a major, and rare, artistic achievement. from the Introduction to the Everyman's Library edition by A. S. Byatt
The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world as solidly as our five senses build the uiverse around us. Rebecca West
“A truly remarkable book . . . Soaked through and through with atmosphere . . . From the riches of her imagination and sympathy Miss Cather has distilled a very rare piece of literature. It stands out, from the very resistance it opposes to classification. The New York Times
“Cather’s Nuevo México is a potpourri of cultures and language…Parts of this novel will feel uncomfortably dated; Cather’s sympathies clearly lie, for instance, with the French Jesuits as they seek to stamp out the hybridized Catholicism practiced by the mestizo priests of Taos. But her careful portrait also captures some of the impossible arrogance of the priests’ quest—and, like all great villains, hers have basically good intentions.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Willa Cather

Author Bio: Willa Cather

Willa Cather (1873–1947), the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than fifteen books, is widely considered one of the major fiction writers of the twentieth century. She grew up in Nebraska and is best known for her depictions of frontier life on the Great Plains in novels such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Song of the Lark. In 1944 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for One of Ours.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English