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The Yellow Leaves by Frederick Buechner
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Sep 08, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, religion
Read in July, 2009

Frederick Buechner is so far and away my favorite author that I once remarked to my wife that if he doodled some remarks on a paper napkin on a restaurant I'd want a copy of that napkin if I could get one. The Yellow Leaves is a book that sort of granted me that wish in a way, as it is not so much a complete work but rather just a "miscellany", as it is subtitled.

What is deeply saddening for me is that in his introduction Buechner remarks that he is now past the point where he is able to produce a full length work, hence this collection of random writings, which means that I will have to be content with the works he has already finished, almost all of which I have read, many multiple times. The Yellow Leaves has tantalizing bits of what could have been - another Bebb book, perhaps?

Overall the book is pretty vintage Buechner, with moments that leave you breathless and beautiful writing throughout. It's not nearly up to the level as most of his previous works, but for fans like myself that still leaves it plenty beyond most of the other books out there.

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James Thanks for this review. I'll check it out.

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