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Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
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Jun 07, 12

bookshelves: 2012, classics, re-read
Read from May 28 to June 06, 2012

A quiet, meditative book, where not much happens but the sum of the small interactions, the long journeys, the blessings, baptisms, weddings, and nights spent in hogans and pueblos all come together to tell the story of Jean Marie Latour, a French missionary priest in the American Southwest. The descriptions of the New Mexico landscape are glorious and evocative, and Cather treats all of her characters, both the priests and the native people, with kindness, empathy and respect.

I've been reading unread classics or re-reading ones read long ago...I read this one in college one summer, while on a Willa Cather jag. I remembered very little about it and was glad to have re-read it.


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