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Justine

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  • Dorothy Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Coles
    • Narrated By C. M. Hébert
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Robert Coles first met Dorothy Day over 35 years ago when, as a medical student, he worked in one of her Catholic Worker soup kitchens. He remained close to this inspiring and controversial woman until her death in 1980. His book, an intellectual and psychological portrait, confronts candidly the central puzzles of her life.

    Connie says: "complex portrait of a complex woman"
    "Day Speaks for Herself"
    Overall

    This biography lends itself very much to listening aloud, as much of it consists of long quotes transcribed directly from Cole's interviews with Dorothy Day. You feel that you are sitting in on a very interesting conversation, rather than listening to a book. Day herself pulls quotes from literature, the Bible, people she has encountered, her own writings, especially The Long Loneliness. Day also reflects much on her life experiences, retelling anecdoctal stories and adding her philosophical and theological reflections. The book is organized into long chapters that explore different themes and areas of Day's life. The biographer sometimes probes for meaning in the questions he asks, or he reflects upon his own biases, but he doesn't bother trying to interpret Day's words too much, but rather allows Day to speak for herself and leaves the reader to discern and question. We are invited to grapple with the same questions to which Day spent her life seeking answers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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