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Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
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Jan 09, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: fiction

** spoiler alert ** I have only heard from other readers that Willa Cather is an amazing author, a woman who truly understands America's people, one who can capture the beauty of its landscapes with the vivid detail her silky prose paints. I have heard her praised as a brilliant champion of the fiction, especially of the descriptive passage.
So I was just a smidge sad to find in this book a painful amount of dry (we're talking drier than the deserts the plot flounders in), lifeless writing focusing on, quite literally, the plodding life and eventually death of an archbishop I never managed to like or even passionately hate at all.

Youch, the meanest things I've ever written about a book. But really, I was forced to read it, and I hated every minute.
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Started Reading
January 1, 2005 – Finished Reading
January 9, 2008 – Shelved
August 21, 2016 – Shelved as: fiction

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Laura You should try My Antonia or O! Pioneers - much better examples of Cather.

message 2: by Mary (new) - rated it 1 star

Mary Galvin How can your review contain spoilers? There is nothing to spoil. There is no plot to give away and the title tells us he is going to die.

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