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The Wonder Worker (1997)

– tekijä: Susan Howatch

Sarjat: St. Benet's Trilogy (Book 1)

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When Alice, shy, dumpy, bored and unhappy with herself, wanders the City of London during her lunch hour, she stumbles without warning into a situation which will revolutionise her life. Brought up by a strict maiden aunt devoted to rationalism, Alice hardly foresees that she'll be drawn into the mysterious, seemingly irrational world of a healing centre based at a church, where chaos and moral breakdown is an ever-present threat to the off-beat but very human inhabitants who struggle to help others survive the maelstrom of modern life. There's Lewis, the irascible traditionalist, a priest of the old school who has problems dealing with women, homosexuals and the liberal spirit of the age; Rosalind, who appears so glamorous and successful but is in truth unhappy and unfulfilled; Francie, a woman who may or may not be deluded but who burns above all to be loved; Stacy, the naïve young trainee searching for the right direction as he becomes increasingly lost; and finally Nicholas, the one-time shady wonder-worker now determined to stay honest - even as he finds himself drawn towards danger, damage and demoralisation.… (lisätietoja)
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Originally published in Britain as A Question of Integrity, this is the first of a trilogy set in St. Benet’s-by-the-Wall, a “guild church” in London with a mandate to serve the spiritual needs of workers in the city during the week, but with no corresponding parish or services on the weekends. The priest-in-charge is Nick Darrow, a psychic, healer, and exorcist, and he is surrounded in the St. Benet’s rectory with a menagerie that includes a young Irish curate, a superannuated one-time mentor that Nick rescued from collapse, a non-believing youngish spinster acting as cook-housekeeper, a cat named James, and a few others. The action of the story is about what happens when the wheels come off for Nick, and how his over-reliance on his gifts ultimately blinds him to grave dangers. Not everyone comes out alive.

This trilogy is an extension of Howatch’s six-part Starbridge series, which was set in a fictional cathedral city over the span of the middle half of the 20th century. Nick Darrow and a few other characters are carried from Starbridge into London for The Wonder Worker.

Starbridge rivals Trollope’s Barsetshire for a fully-realized ecclesiastical world. It knocked my socks off, and I swallowed it whole after reading the first, Glittering Images. If this sounds like your bag, start there.

Of course here at the Old Rectory we are partial to novels set in rectories. Besides the Starbridge and Barsetshire chronicles, I can also highly recommend Gail Godwin’s Father Melancholy’s Daughter, and Madeline L’Engle’s A Severed Wasp. Are there any other ecclesiastical novels you would suggest? I suppose we should also include monastic novels, like Brother Cadfael mysteries (first-rate), and The Name of the Rose, which hardly needs my recommendation. ( )
1 ääni k6gst | Apr 11, 2019 |
The first in the 'St Benet's' series, known in the USA as 'The Wonder Worker'.

This is an amazing book, set around an Anglo-Catholic healing centre in London. Alice, an overweight cook with terrible self-esteem, is helped by Nick, the main preacher/healer. The book is written from different perspectives so that each throws light on what went before. Characters are carefully developed, conversation is believable, and the plots are cleverly woven together. I thought the ending a bit too dramatic and sudden, but other than that thought it great. The first Howatch book I ever read, but certainly not the last! ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
What does a slightly overweight stay at home daughter do when her life starts to fall apart? She might find God, and since she is a character in a Howatch novel, you can bet she will end up in a church, peopled by real human beings, not spiritual zombies, who have real problems of their own.

And somehow healing happens. ( )
  Arctic-Stranger | Mar 13, 2007 |
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in a sexual miscalculation, Darrow triggers a chain of events that pits the concept of demon-possession against murky definitions of mental illness and forces everyone involved to examine his or her ideas about God and humanity. After some slow going in the early chapters, Howatch engrosses the reader in this splendidly wrought, provocative novel of spiritual ideas.
 

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US title - The Wonder Worker;
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When Alice, shy, dumpy, bored and unhappy with herself, wanders the City of London during her lunch hour, she stumbles without warning into a situation which will revolutionise her life. Brought up by a strict maiden aunt devoted to rationalism, Alice hardly foresees that she'll be drawn into the mysterious, seemingly irrational world of a healing centre based at a church, where chaos and moral breakdown is an ever-present threat to the off-beat but very human inhabitants who struggle to help others survive the maelstrom of modern life. There's Lewis, the irascible traditionalist, a priest of the old school who has problems dealing with women, homosexuals and the liberal spirit of the age; Rosalind, who appears so glamorous and successful but is in truth unhappy and unfulfilled; Francie, a woman who may or may not be deluded but who burns above all to be loved; Stacy, the naïve young trainee searching for the right direction as he becomes increasingly lost; and finally Nicholas, the one-time shady wonder-worker now determined to stay honest - even as he finds himself drawn towards danger, damage and demoralisation.

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