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The Lords of Folly: A Novel

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Veteran nature writer Gene Logsdon debuts a brilliantly comic novel set in rural Minnesota in the 1950s. The novel, inspired by the author's ten years studying in vain for the preisthood, follows the sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic lives of a group of seminarians who realize they no longer believe the theology they are being taught, nor in the celibate life they are ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Patrick Gibson
Feb 20, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Recommended to Patrick by: Jeffery
Blaise can be a young mans first name. Or it can be the name of a horse. And this is important because confusion on this point leads to the first of many apotheoses after a group of Oblates on a train to rural Minnesota Ascension Seminary in 1953, get robbed by Frank James, brother of Jesse. Almost, sort of.

Gambling, rape, the distillation of spirited miracle medical cures, steamy naked apparitions, religious anarchy, blizzard rescues, baseball prowess, even speeding tractors—hey, it’s all here
Take a handful of young men, throw them into seminary, adhere them to the vows of obedience and poverty and chastity, and ask them to use their minds, and what do you get? An unholy uproar of life, love, and the pursuit of dreams. Based on Logsdon's own experiences in seminary, these adventures of the "Sonuvabitchin' Davy Crockett Boys" (SBDC Boys for short) explore the tenets of religion, the pursuit of traditional agriculture in the face of "new and scientific" agribusiness, the thin line betw ...more
Emily Heilbraun
I was highly entertianed by this book. Being from the midwest I could picture the landscape and remember the dry humor of the people there. I would love to see the author write another work of fiction.
This is one of the best books I have read in awhile. I thought the characters were believable and belonged in the story world the author created.
I really, really enjoyed this book about a group of young men becoming monks in Minnesota. A highly recommended read.
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