An alert reader saw an interesting piece of information in an article about Pope Francis on Sandro Magister’s site, Chiesa.
Apparently, Pope Francis cites with some frequency The Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson.
It looks as if the Kindle version is … free? Yep. $0.00.
Don’t have a Kindle? Click HERE! (Canadians and Brits, please use my amazon search box at the bottom of the page.)
The Lord of the World is a must read. It is one of the very first in the dystopian genre and is deeply Catholic. And you can read about the author in an interesting book about prominent coverts to the Catholic Church and how one convert influenced another. Try Joseph Pearce’s engaging Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief. There is a section on Robert Hugh Benson.
A great compliment to The Lord of the World might be J.D. James’ dystopian The Children of Men. It is not Catholic, but it is definitely Christian. Do NOT make the mistake of thinking that the dreadful movie version of a few years ago has anything to do with the book. The books of Michael P. O’Brien, starting with Father Elijah and then the “Children of the Last Days” trilogy are also good. Begin with Strangers and Sojourners. Catholic for sure.
I also read somewhere that Pope Francis’ favorite movie is Babette’s Feast. And excellent choice! There is a new remastered Blu-Ray disk available for pre-order for July. I have it linked on the right side bar of the blog or click HERE. Again, Canadians and Brits, please use the search box at the bottom. Just type in the title. Catholic? I sure think so, though it doesn’t have much to do with the Catholic Church on the surface of it.
Some good summer reading!
And don’t forget Patrick O’Brian for great reading anytime!