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This is an auction for BEYOND CONSOLATION: HOW WE CAME TO BE TOO CLEVER FOR GOD ... AND OUR OWN GOOD, by John Waters.

"Threaded through the text is a moving account by Waters on his own spiritual journey."
- The Irish Times

"There are colourful glimpses into Waters's personal life and the life of Ireland; the customs of neighbours, his love of the countryside, his relationship with his daughter ... Strikingly poetic.'
- Church Times (UK)

"Spellbinding."
- Catholic Herald (UK)

Amazon.com review:

"In the late spring of 2008 the acclaimed Irish writer Nuala O' Faolain went on a national Irish radio programme to tell the Irish people that she was dying of cancer. She was frightened of death and of the short time left to her. Here was a spokesperson for a generation which now conjured up an abyss for itself, reviewing a culture she had inhabited and helped to create one last time. She believed neither in an afterlife nor in God. With Nuala O' Faolain's broadcast as his point of departure, Waters examines this trajectory of Irish Culture to this point of despair. How reasonable is it to believe in nothing? He explores a new language to excavate the journey of Irish society from what appeared to be profound in its traditional faith to this moment of what might easily have been taken as a moment of nihilistic clarity. What modern men and women suffer from in modern culture is the lack of an idea of the infinite and the eternal."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2010.

229 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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