Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Book Review: "Saint Francis" by Robert West
This book was a little too dry for my taste. A beautiful story was made a bit wooden, doing the subject a disservice by making him seem more like a nutter than a servant of the Lord). There was also a bit too much speculation for a biography--there were too many instances of "It is possible that..." or "We can imagine that he may have...." Towards the end, when Francis' miracles were being discussed, as well as his demise, the language became prettier, and made him seem more accessible. I honestly struggled to complete this book. The timeline was a little too jumbled, and I wasn't always sure of when certain events were occurring. I did enjoy learning a few bits and pieces I was entirely unaware of (i.e. his participation in the Crusades), as well as reviewing the things I knew of (that touching little sermon to a flock of birds). This would be a great book if I was writing a research paper on Saint Francis, but as a casual book left me a little uninspired.
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