A View From the Ridge: The Testimony of a Twentieth-Century Christian

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The best-selling author of The Shoes of the Fisherman offers a lyrical, intensely personal affirmation of his life of faith and an account of his life's pilgrimage as a Catholic in the twentieth century. 20,000 first printing.

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Morris West, an Australian by birth, has lived in Italy, Austria, England, and the east and west coasts of the United States. He has written 26 novels, as well as screenplays, radio dramas, and works for the stage. His novels have been translated into 27 languages and have sold more than 60 million copies.

He was awarded the National Brotherhood Award by the National Council of Christians and Jews, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Award. His novel, The Devil's Advocate, was nominated for the National Book Award. Among a long list of honors, West has been awarded the Order of Australia, and doctorates in literature and letters from the universities of Santa Clara and New York and from Australian National University.

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Now 80, bestselling novelist West (The Shoes of the Fisherman, 1963) offers a lyrical "testimony of a pilgrim" who "now pauses to draw breath and get his courage up for the last stage of the journey." This spiritual memoir touches upon the events of West's life?his monastic education, military service and family struggles, for example?but ties reminiscences to questions of faith. What, he asks, is evil, and why should we forgive? Why are children victims of violence? How can individual values coexist with inflexible institutions? Why are church hierarchies unlike Jesus? Peppered with excerpts from his 20-plus novels, West's memoir will fascinate his fans. No prior acquaintance with his work is required, however, to appreciate the magnificent concluding chapter in which he faces death, proclaims his hard-won faith and affirms his optimism. "I am a happy spendthrift," West says, "of the golden days that have been granted to me."
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