Archives For Ron Hansen

 

Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Ron Hansen, James K.A. Smith, Bob Dylan, MORE)

 

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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(N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Kurt Vonnegut, MORE)

  

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The Last Temptation of Christ: A Novel

Nikos Kazantzakis

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Ron Hansen, Miroslav Volf, Tim Keller, Ann Voskamp, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader…
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be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook

Mariette in Ecstasy: A Novel

Ron Hansen

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Annie Dillard, Ron Hanson, Fred Craddock, Miroslav Volf, MORE)

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The Annie Dillard Reader

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Literary ebooks

I noticed this morning that there was a whole slew of literary ebooks that went on sale this morning, from some of my favorite novelists and creative non-fiction writers.

 
I have no idea how long this sale will last, so snag any of these that you want while you can!
 

We are in the process of launching a sister website, ThriftyChristianReader.com, that will feature ebook deals like this. This site is still in development, but we now have a Facebook page for it, which I encourage to like.

(We will still run occasional ebook notices on the ERB site, but will try to focus on book news and reviews here)
 
Here are eight titles that will be of interest to our readers:

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Here are a few new book releases from this week (and last week) that are worth checking out:

New Book Releases - Week of 12 November 2012One of my first ventures on the internet was launching a fan website (and email discussion group) for Madeleine L’Engle. Needless to say, I am very eager to check out the new biography of her that will be released this week: Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices by Leonard S. Marcus. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says: In this insightful biography … Marcus draws upon dozens of interviews with those who knew L’Engle personally and professionally, as well as with representatives of “the thousands of students, teachers, librarians, aspiring writers, neighbors and others who crossed her path.” The result is both impressionistic and satisfyingly complex. … For those who read L’Engle during childhood, this book will serve as a valuable companion to the stories they cherish.”

Hardback, FSG.

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A Brief Review of Ron Hansen’s novel
Exiles
by Chris Smith

Ron Hansen’s Exiles is a superbly written novel, one of the best that I have read in a long time; although frankly I’m pretty picky about the novels I read and don’t actually read that many.  The storyline of this novel follows the life of the nineteenth century Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, as he is inspired by the story of the sinking of a German oceanliner (and particularly that of five nuns on board) to give up his self-imposed “exile” from writing poetry and to pen the epic poem “The Wreck of the Deutschland.”  Having long been intrigued by monastic cultures, I was enthralled by Hansen’s earthy depictions of life in both the German convent and in Hopkins‘ monastery.

            From everything I’ve read about Hopkins’ story, Hansen diligently strives here for historical accuracy.  The one exception is his anachronistic telling of the nuns’ story, which he elongates in order to culminate their story in parallel with Hopkins‘ death.  This device works well as it emphasizes the parallels between Hopkins and the German nuns both meeting their deaths as exiles in foreign lands.  The obedience of these monastics even unto death is inspiring.

            My one disappointment with this novel, and it is a significant one, is that Hansen could have developed Hopkins‘ internal struggles over writing (or not writing) much more than he did.  Once I heard about the storyline that Exiles covered, I waited in eager anticipation for the psychological drama of Hopkins‘ wrestling with his vocation, but Hansen’s treatment was anticlimactic and I almost sped through the part of the story about Hopkins‘ decision to pick up the pen again without realizing what had happened.

Despite my disappointment on this point, Exiles is well worth your time as a significant story from both literary history and church history.

 

Ron Hansen.
Exiles.
Hardcover. FSG. 2008.
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