Dear and Glorious Physician
Today St. Luke is known as the author of the third Gospel of the New Testament, but two thousand years ago he was Lucanus, a Greek, a man who loved, knew the emptiness of bereavement, and later traveled through the hills and wastes of Judea asking, "What manner of man was my Lord?" And it is of this Lucanus that Taylor Caldwell tells here in one of the most stirring storie...more
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Despite those flaws, "Dear and Glorious Physician" is -- like "Quo Vadis" -- a novel for the ages, full of lush description, virtuous friendship, and dark nights of the soul. Its confident portrayal of fi ...more
This is a "historical novel" about St Luke or Lucanus as he was called in life. St Luke (like St Paul)never saw Jesus. He was a Greek physician who as a convert decided to wr ...more
Taylor Caldwell can just flat out write. Her sentences are packed with imagery. Each word is measured for maximum power. Intelligent? Why yes she is. This fact smacks you in the face. I had to look up much of the Greek mythologica ...more
Three quarters of this book deals with Luke aka Lucanus’s conversion. The remaining quarter of the novel f ...more
Dear and Glorious Physician - Now correctly reviewed under its own title!
I read this book (and several others by the author) a long, long time ago. Putting aside the "disciple" aspect of Luke (which wasn't a factor), I read it because
a) he was a physician and
b) it's set in the early Roman Empire.
Since I've always been into science and did lots of Western (i.e. Greco-Roman) Ancient History and took Latin for six years as a teenager, this book hit on all three.
From what I remember, I liked t ...more
I still liked it, but had several disapointments. I know more of the history of the time now. There were a lot of historical inaccuracies. Women only had meaning in reationship to the men around them . Men aren't featured much better. A good woman will only love one man her entire life. A good man may love a second woman if the first one dies.
Taylor Caldwell started ...more
I never saw the Evangelist to the Gentiles as quite so tormented as Caldwell portrays him here ... so this book gave me a lot to mull over. But it does raise the question/issue of great suffering being a prerequisite of great sanctity and deep compassion. And yet, it wasn't so much what happened to him as how the Spirit within him worked on those events. A very thought-provoking read.
I really enjoyed this book -- the best part is the last chapter in part 1. I feel like this book went on a little too long, once Lucanus began meeting with the biblical figures to write his Gospel, I felt this part was a bit repetitive.
But the atmosphere of ancient Rome was fantastic, and Lucanus's journey to faith was well worth the read.
Some people have complained about the overly descriptive text and the slow pace of the book. I think this is merely a symptom of our culture, which is easily irritated by things which are not graphic, fast-paced and constantly engaging. This book invites yo ...more
Can you be mad at someone who is dead? Well, I suppose so. I am mad at Taylor Caldwell because it took me so long to read this book. It was the #7 bestseller of 1959. I have read a fair share of what I call "Jesus books" in My Big Fat Reading Project so far. The tone in these books is usually a similar one of wonder and faith but after a while you see that it is all conjecture because no one writing these books was there. The Gospels in the Bible are I guess the closest thing to a true account.
It is just when a reader (me) differs in such tremendous extent from a writer's philosophy, that the reader cannot truly enjoy or appreciate the book.
Good points: well written, if verbose and too many descriptions of statues, the sky, the terrain, the trees. But the writi ...more
It is a fictional account of the life of Luke, of the four gospel fame. It starts with his early childhood and goes thru his life. She weaves a beautiful story of a young man who realized that he would find his happiness in life by serving others. It goes thru his life until after ...more
“¿Quién de nosotros preferiría pasar sin el conocimiento del bien y del mal? No saber es no ser hombre. Oh dioses.”
Esta novela se encuentra inspirada por la vida de uno de los más leídos y conocidos escritores de la historia, San Lucas. Cada día miles de personas, sin importar el credo que profesen, encuentran en sus palabras consuelo, enseñanzas, historia y lecciones importantes para su vida. La Biblia sin lugar a dudas es uno de los libros más importante ...more
Note on audience: Mature audience 15 years old and up. Be prepared to discuss explicit language in regards to physician care, sex orgies, sex slaves and homosexual ...more
From childhood, Lucanus has a deep sensitivity to, and an uncanny ability to alleviate, the pain of others. During his youth, he also has several mystical encounters with a symbol of horror and suffering - a cross. As he matures, he is nurtured and taught first by tutors at home, and then at the university in Alexandria. Upon completion of his physician's training, he embarks on a career ministering almost exclusively to those who most need and can least afford good medical care. Althou ...more
Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England. In 1907 she emigrated to the United States with her parents and younger brother. Her father died shortly after the move, and the family struggled. At the age of eight she started to write stories, and in fact wrote her first novel, The Romance of Atlantis, at the age of twelve (although it ...more