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This is an auction for EASTER, by Michael Arditti.

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"Arditti has skillfully woven together the many lives that make up the parish of St Mary-in-the-Vale as it prepares for Easter. The Passion of Christ is relived in the experiences of the clergy, parishioners, and the greater diocese. A questioning Vicar, his wife, Jessica (whose character is particularly well drawn), a gay Curate...haughty matrons, young lovers, men with AIDS, and (wittily) Queen Elizabeth provide the central cast, with a cartoonish (then tragic) bishop and twisted archdeacon, and various congregants adding color. The contrast between Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics is black and white -- true to reality in the Church of England or not? Christ, salvation, liberation, the meaning of the Cross are all explored. Warning to the cautious: graphic homosexual scenes -- not titillating, but very honest. Top notch. Many (but not all!) seminarians loved it."

"Although this comment would at first glance appear to be contradictory, this book is both profoundly spiritual and profoundly humanistic. Spiritual in that it deals quite successfully with spiritual issues; belief, disbelief, faith, and skepticism. Humanistic in that it deals with the human situation with a compassionate view of humankind and the struggles to find meaning and peace in today's world. I highly recommend this book. The prose itself is beautifully poetic at times. If one is homophobic or disturbed by issues dealing with homosexuality however, they might be troubled by the book."

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Paperback 2000.

391 pages.

Good condition.

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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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