The great Anthony Esolen has posted his suggestion for the 10 greatest Catholic novels in English of the 20th century.
How’s his list?
1. Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter – UK HERE
2. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings – UK HERE (If you’ve only seen the movies, you know nothing of joy.)
3. Francois Mauriac, Vipers’ Tangle – UK HERE
4. Riccardo Bacchelli, The Mill on the Po – UK HERE
5. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited – UK HERE
6. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory – UK HERE
7. Georges Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest – UK HERE
8. Sigrid Undset, The Master of Hestviken – UK HERE
9. Flannery O’Connor, The Violent Bear It Away – UK HERE
10. Heinrich Boll, The Clown – UK HERE
I have read most of them. I have NOT read The Mill on the Po… a riff on a another famous book.
I might also suggest Eugenio Corti, The Red Horse – UK HERE
Some might suggest Shusaku Endo, Silence – UK HERE I read it recently and found it deeply depressing, in an uplifting way. There will soon be a film released by Martin Scorsese. Off the top of my head I can also think of Rumor Godden, In This House Of Brede – UK HERE. Perhaps novels by Michael O’Brien, Father Elijah (or maybe better the trilogy that flows around it) – UK HERE.