New Meme

I’ve been tagged for a meme by Peter over at Cum Grano Salis:

Three non-fiction books everyone should read

1. Saints and Sinners by Eamon Duffy – Brilliant history of the papacy
2. The Hidden Face – by Ida Gorres – Classic study of Therese of Lisieux
3. The Next Christendom – by Philip Jenkins – see that Christianity is young, its alive and its going South

Three books of fiction everyone should read

1. Brideshead Re-Visited – by Evelyn Waugh – Waugh called it his GEM (Great English Masterpiece) I agree
2. The Great Divorce – by C.S.Lewis – I weep for the beauty of it every time I re-read it
3. The Divine Comedy -by Dante – see if you can make it all the way to heaven

Three authors everyone should read
1. J.R.R.Tolkien (Catholic and English)
2. Flannery o’Connor (Catholic and Georgian)
3. Pat Conroy (Catholic and South Carolinian)

Three books no one should read
1. Anything by Thomas Hardy
2. Anything by Virginia Woolfe
3. Anything by D.H.Lawrence

…can I stop now?

I tag Jay Anderson, Andrew at Unam Sanctam and David at Fullness of Faith

  • Jeannine

    Have you read The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy? It’s a wonderful book that really opened my eyes to late medieval English religion and the true impact of the Protestant Revolt in England. It’s a heartbreaking story with surprising contemporary applicability.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    I have. It was crucial in my process of coming into the Catholic Church

  • Mephibosheth

    Philip Jenkins’ book was powerful. Have you read, along the lines of sociological prophecy, “The Fourth Turning” by Strauss and Howe?I love Pat Conroy, though reading his books I feel like he’s read my diary. Catholic, Southern, Jewish roots (my mom’s side), son of a Marine. Yikes!

  • Anonymous

    Can I ask for reasons to your objection to VW? I’ve never read her myself, but a friend of mine has found her to be a very interesting author. Just curious.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    VW and her little Bloomsbury group are so atheist, so self absorbed, so much the immature aesthetes. Their literature, like their lifestyle is decadent.

  • Ttony

    Virginia and DHL certainly, but Hardy?!

  • Kat

    Fr;I would reccomend to you No Price Too High by Alex Jones. About a Pentocostal Preacher in Detroit becomming Catholic along with about 50+ of his congregation.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    I know Hardy is a great writer, but I get depressed when I read him.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    I actually prefer Laurel and Hardy to Thomas Hardy.

  • Andrew

    Thanks for the tag, Father. Done.I actually included The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy as it dispels so many myths about the spirituality of ordinary Catholics in the England of the middle ages. This Church in England was no rotten tree just needing a good shake but a tree in it’s prime, cut down for paper to make a papier mâchè imitation tree.You can find it here.Kat’s reference to Alex Jones is quite a coincidence as I was just reading about him and his Maranatha Church yesterday. =) His is quite a story and quite a sacrifice.

  • Kristine Franklin

    I have to say that I would NEVER have understood or enjoyed BRIDESHEAD REVISITED as an evangelical. I might even have used the story as an example of the sterility of Catholicism. As a Catholic I read it at least once a year and watch the BBC video series as well. I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything more subtly powerful than the conversions of Lord Marchmain or Julia, nor more hopeful than Cordelia’s description of Sebastian’s life as the poorest of the poor. I love how Waugh puts surprising truths in the mouths of notorious sinners, and virtue in the staid, boring, and usually right, Bridey – the only character besides Cordelia who enjoys real happiness. I would love to hear from an Evangelical Christian on his/her reaction to the book. I would not have been able to see its truth, beauty or goodness when I was Evangelical.

  • Mary Margaret

    Father, Really? Thomas Hardy? I do understand how some of his works are incredibly disturbing and depressing (I read Jude the Obscure once–never again!). However, he is a great master of description, setting the scene, and characterization. I know these are a bit depressing, but I absolutely LOVE Tess of the d’Urbervilles, and The Mayor of Casterbridge.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    I don’t find Thomas Hardy redemptive.

  • Terry Nelson

    I also liked “The Hidden Face” although it is not the most accurate book on Therese – her writings are the best. The book is really more Ida Gorres’ analyisis of Therese.

  • SiFractusFortis

    Is the “Divine Comedy” fiction? Oh, my!

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    ‘Poetry’ wasn’t one of the categories and I wasn’t going to leave it out…