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Temptations

Wilkes, Paul

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ISBN 10: 0394575857 / ISBN 13: 9780394575858
Published by Random House, New York, 1993
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Title: Temptations

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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"A refreshing, almost curious study of one very modern man's investigation of the spiritual life."
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Joseph is a well-known journalist who lives a very public life. Yet in is way he is a devout Catholic, drawn to the cloistered life of a Trappist monastery he had visited years before on a story. He's hoping to write a book about the hidden souls there, but his visits with the charismatic Father Columban begin to waken his long-dormant spirituality. Then he begins to hear stories about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the recent death of a young, aspiring monk. And as he struggles between the sacred and the profane, Joseph begins to wonder which is worse....
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In his first novel, Wilkes, a prolific nonfiction writer who specializes in religion ( In Mysterious Ways ), traces a year in the life of a Manhattan writer who, despite his concerted efforts, cannot turn his back on God. Joseph, who narrates the story in a month-by-month diary, enjoys his West Village co-op and other measures of success he has earned through his bestselling biographies. But he begins to question his lifestyle the day he realizes that he has slept with four different women in seven nights. Raised a Catholic, he decides to spend some time at a Trappist monastery in Vermont, telling himself and Father Columban, his mentor there, that he's researching an article. Joseph experiences both bliss and bitterness in his spiritual quest, and faces challenges, raised by Columban, about his real intentions. He also meets Margery, a woman he believes he could marry, and is drawn into the mystery of a young man's suicide on monastery grounds, leading him to others outside the monastery walls whose religious fervor is fueled by insanity or deep hatred. Against four seasons of powerfully evoked rural Vermont scenery, Wilkes follows Joseph's inner journey and the story of the suicide, which come together at the conclusion. Wilkes's characters are somewhat overdrawn and stereotyped, and the plot is rather predictable. Indeed, the drama of Joseph 's interior search would have been enough to carry the narrative. But Wilkes doesn't flinch from the hard questions of spirituality in the modern world, and his gracefully written novel leaves its mark on the reader's mind.
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