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The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
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Jun 19, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: gave-up, read-in-2010, buyer-s-remorse
Read in June, 2010

I thought this was one of those books that comes with a “guarantee.” But of course no book comes with a blanket guarantee. Still, I’d read only glowing reviews and boy was I ready for a “triumphant experience.” But on p. 26 I couldn’t make heads or tails of what I was really reading about. On p. 54 the voice of the innocent and well-meaning young priest began to irk the shit out of me. On p. 55 I skipped ahead to see if anything would ever actually happen to dilute all the fluffy introspection and it didn’t look promising. On p. 64 I took the kitty to the well and drowned it.

Ach! If only I lived near a (English) library I’d run so much less risk of wasting money on books. The back cover says $15.95! I checked my order though, and thanks to Amazon, I paid “just” $11.48 for “The Diary of a Country Priest,” so I feel a few dollars better already. Plus I ordered it along with “The Shadow of Sirius” and “Blood Meridian,” both of which paid off. “Sirius” cost $10.88 but was really worth about $17.89, and “Blood Meridian” cost $10.20 but was easily worth $13.86. So actually I only lost 81 cents in this deal, making it easier to swallow.

I’m returning to this century now. Nice to see you.
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06/19/2010 page 64
21.0% "I'm one step away from drowning this kitty." 1 comment

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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Allender I have a very,very old copy of this book. It's in a spare bedroom. I planned to read it in December(around Christmas-time), but I may aim to read it sooner. Really cool that you have it! ;)

message 2: by Tom (new) - added it

Tom Ah, I remember coming across a different edition of this book a while back and regretted not buying it then. Thanks for the reminder.

Stephan I had trouble with this one...although I had expected much more. Good luck.

message 4: by S. (new) - rated it 1 star

S. So far (p. 26?) I'm none too excited. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt, though, for now.

message 5: by Steve (last edited Jun 17, 2010 12:20AM) (new)

Steve I was wondering what you would think of it. I was pretty underwhelmed when I read it. If interested, check out A Memory for Wonders. For this sort of thing, I found it a much better book.

message 6: by S. (new) - rated it 1 star

S. I've read so many raves about it. My husband has read it and liked it, too. I don't know. I'm giving it a shot. (and trying not to pick up something else ...)

message 7: by Paul (last edited Jul 08, 2010 02:49AM) (new)

Paul Bryant Just a point about cost - Amazon UK sell 2nd hand copies of this for 80 pence to which you add £2.75 = $5.40. You can find practically anything on Amazon for next to nothing.

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