This is a sequel to The Father’s Tale.
I am excited to get to this soon.
The Father’s Tale – US HERE – UK HERE – was the story of a man who leaves his normal, comfortable life to go in search of his son who has fallen into a cult. It is a
“prodigal son” story with twists and tendrils into Eliot and Hopkins and Russian writers. That’s a massive reduction for such a massive work, over 1000 pages. While I have often thought that O’Brien could have listened to his editor a little more often, each page turn remains oddly compelling. Surely this is because O’Brien writes from depth and a rooting in a strong prayer life. Look at his artwork sometime. HERE
The Sabbatical is about one third the length of The Father’s Tale.
Sticking with O’Brien, some of you are in for a treat. You get to discover his books.
I recommend the following.
and then the series that hooks back into Father Elijah beginning with:
Outside that series is his extremely successful venture into SciFi:
I believe his most recently released work was, brief and charming.
I really liked that one.
In effect, you can choose where to dive in.