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by Thomas Keneally

Depicts the conflicts between the new generation and the Establishment within the Church, concentrating on a young priest whose strong beliefs cause chaos
Download Three Cheers for the Paraclete epub
ISBN: 0140030999
ISBN13: 978-0140030990
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Thomas Keneally
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 4, 1984)
Pages: 248 pages
ePUB size: 1371 kb
FB2 size: 1874 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 560
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Disappointed in the ending. Thought there would be a more thoughtful and meaning full ending.
Three Cheers for the Paraclete (1968) mines author Thomas Keneally’s experiences as a Roman Catholic seminarian for its plot and theme. I suppose in a way it is Keneally imagining what would have happened had he continued in the priesthood.

The central character is Fr. James Maitland, a teacher at a seminary who has real doubts about the Church’s dogma but can’t leave for temperamental reasons not fully explained, or at least not to my satisfaction. Be that as it may, though, Maitland goes through a series of experiences with fellow teachers, the school’s authorities and some outsiders that force him to make choices.

I liked the conflicts Keneally sets up for his protagonist, as well as the fairly rounded way he presents his characters, including those opposed to Maitland and representing the traditional line. Some of these veer toward caricature but ultimately don’t tumble over.

This is a fairly obscure (though lauded at the time) early work from a writer who would go on to much more fame in the coming decades with movie versions of several of his books, especially Schindler’s Ark. It’s probably not a beach read but does present an interesting glimpse of the conflicts going on in the Catholic Church in the late 1960s.