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Unfinished Cathedral

(The Vaiden Trilogy #3)

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Unfinished Cathedral is the third volume of T.S. Stribling’s Southern trilogy and was originally published in 1934. The trilogy, Stribling’s greatest literary achievement, is set in and around Florence, Alabama, and spans six decades of social, economic, and political change from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the 1920s. In each of the novels Stribling brings together ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 28th 1986 by University Alabama Press (first published 1934)
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Lexi
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe I Mooched this copy of the third installment in Stribling's epic trilogy of the Vaiden family and their story that spanned about sixty years of great change in the South. This book follows Jerry Catlin, who is now a Methodist preacher, as he returns to Florence, the scene of his boyhood love for Sydna Crowninshield, now married to Miltiades Vaiden. Milt has arranged for Jerry to return to the local church, mostly to accomplish the building of the titular cathedral, where Milt hopes to ...more
Tracy Towley
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am sad to finish this trilogy, as I've enjoyed my time with the Vaidens over the past few weeks.

The trilogy began before the Civil War and continued through to the first post-reconstruction generation. Watching the South fall, rise, and fall again, all through the perspective of one family, was interesting. I felt Stribling did an excellent job of creating this world and I will miss it.
Gail
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last book of the Vaiden Family triology. You don't have to read the first two books, but it helps to have done so. This book had some insightful commentary on churches and religion that were surprising to me given the book was written in the 1930's. The story ends at the beginning of the depression. I found the entire trilogy very good. There is truth in fiction and these books had much to say about human behavior that still holds true today.
Nancy
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad series... Wonder if it was a truthful portrayal of the South. If so, we HAVE come a long way.... Wonder what the next generations will see as "bad" things about how we see every day life... Find you just go on as you have been taught....

Unfinished Cathedral is the third volume of T.S. Stribling’s Southern trilogy and was originally published in 1934. The trilogy, Stribling’s greatest literary achievement, is set in and around Florence, Alabama, and spans six decades of social, economic
...more
Kevin
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Vaiden Trilogy (The Forge, The Store, & Unfinished Cathedral) is an unvarnished look at the American south over six generations of time starting just prior to the Civil War through reconstruction ending at the onset of the great depression. It attempts to depict life in the south with all its grandeur as well as its atrocities. Unlike other southern authors (yes I'm talking to you William Faulkner and Margret Mitchel), Stribling makes no apologies for slavery, the Klan, rape, lynching, or hu ...more
Brakob Arthur
An good end to an excellent trilogy.
Diana Eberhardt
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Final book about the adventures of the Vaiden family. Sorry to see the end of their complicated story.
Donna
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in Stribling's trilogy. It provides good closure. Overall, it's great reading if you like historical fiction.
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Thomas Sigismun Stribling was a staff writer for "Saturday Evening Post" and a lawyer. He published under the name T.S. Stribling. In the 1920's and 1930's, T. S. was America's foremost author. His most notable works were "Birthright," "Teeftfollow," "Backwater," "The Forge" and "The Unfinished Cathedral". He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, "The Store" in 1933.

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