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Afterlives of the Saints

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"Afterlives of the Saints" is a woven gathering of groundbreaking essays that move through Renaissance anatomy and the Sistine Chapel, Borges' "Library of Babel," the history of spontaneous human combustion, the dangers of masturbation, the pleasures of castration, "and so forth" -- each essay focusing on the story of a particular (and particularly strange) saint.
ebook, 253 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Unbridled Books
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Elliot Ratzman
What a satisfying book about the secular meaning of the extreme Catholic saints! I learned something entirely new in each chapter: Flaubert’s obsession with St. Anthony, the poetry of Radegund (“a lament so pure that is has a physical presence, a body and a smell of its own”), Teresa of Avila’s proximity to Quixote (“the ecstasy of writing, the relationship of reader and writer”), the pseudo-porno depictions of Agatha’s torture, the relationship between St. George—an interfaith saint—and colonia ...more
Eustacia Tan
Have you heard of hagiography? It's a genre referring to the writing of the lives of the saints. Honestly, I didn't know about this genre until I read Afterlives of the Saints by Colin Dickey.

To Colin Dickey, "saints exist not as a medium for God but as a lens for humanity". Hence, the book Afterlives of the Saints looks at a few saints that have impacted Colin Dickey for a few reasons: through their writings (Part One), because of the art and literature they inspired (Parts Two and Three), or
Boris Limpopo
Dickey , Colin (2012). Afterlives of the Saints. Cave Creek AZ: Unbridled Books. 2012. ISBN 9781609530723. Pagine 288. 5,04
Afterlives of the Saints

Lo posso anche immaginare che stiamo parlando di una piccola casa editrice, Unbridled Books (letteralmente: “libri senza redini”, come documenta anche il logo) con sede nel mezzo del nulla (Cave Creek è una cittadina di 5.000 abitanti a nord di Phoenix in Arizona).

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Hagiography - the writing of the lives of the saints - is a curious genre, now mostly forgotten.

Prior to reading this book, I had no idea hagiography was its own genre. I've always been fascinated with the saints and the stories behind their sainthood. The second I saw this book I knew I needed to read it.

Afterlives of the Saints turned out to be much different than I had expected! Over the course of my reading I bounced back and forced before ultimately d
A very thoughtful miscellany of saints. The author does not exactly mock them, nor is he overly pious; he just wants to talk about some of the more interesting saints and their legends, and how their stories express -- and amplify, exaggerate, even distort -- different aspects of the human experience, including some rather dark aspects of the cult of saints.
He clearly has done a lot of research for this, but does sound pedantic or pompous about it. Well worth reading, whether or not you have any
I was originally introduced to this book at a rep picks lunch at Winter Institute. The rep made it sound really interesting, so I picked up an ARC, but upon returning home, moved it to the end of my TBR shelf. It was every bit as fascinating as the rep made it out to be. You do not have to be Catholic, or even religious, to enjoy this book. It is not meant to convert you or appeal to your already vast religious knowledge. It's a series of stories about various saints (and some almost saints) fro ...more
This book is fun. The author organizes a series of essays about how saints have figured into the culture and transformed it, regardless of whether or not the saints' reputed miracles occurred. It is the stories of the saints that matter here, putting a spotlight on human nature and its attraction to violence and dreams of redemption. I knew nothing much about saint culture; I only vaguely recognize the impact of saints on art, language, and pulling older myths into religious frameworks. It's sho ...more
I really enjoyed this book, but it's VERY weird. I loved it myself, but have trouble thinking who I'd recommend it to. A few of the odd digressions are troublingly far off the mark -- Dickey's two-sentence summary of Catharine Mackinnon's scholarship is bizarrely inaccurate, for instance -- but for the most part the essays were well-written and hugely interesting, and I wound up wishing the book were twice as long. The piece on St. Radegund and Euripides' Hecuba was a particular favourite.
Carlos Vallarino
Very intellectual, gives you information of past events making them part of today. A quote related to the British flag. "When the fiercely anti-Catholic Edmund Spenser wrote his epic in honor of Queen Elizabeth, The Faerie Queene, he began with George - though he could not, of course, call him that. Instead, George is stripped of his Catholicism and rechristened, "the Redcrosse Knight" (after George's famous red cross on a white background, which became England's flag)
Some of these essays are brilliant and if taken separately, the book would deserve a 5-star rating. Other essays wander far afield and show the author's obvious political bias which is kind of sad. Other essays, particularly the one on Magdalen, a subject truly deserving of copious thought and shrewd insight from an essayists as good as Dickey, are so off the mark that it is hard to believe an editor was involved in the book's production.
Crystal Helcel
Jul 14, 2012 Crystal Helcel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Crystal by: Book Riot
Shelves: history
Really enjoyed this book and learned a lot. It is not merely about Saints, it takes particular Saints and draws some incredible connections to life/events after their deaths, hence the title. Topics such as spontaneous human combustion, pornography, castration, reading, madness, among many others are included. Recommended!
I liked this very much, but now that the school year has begun, I thought that I'd had enough. Need to parcel out my time carefully.
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