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The Bishop’s Man: A Novel | [Linden Macintyre]

The Bishop’s Man: A Novel

Award-winning Canadian journalist Linden MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man claimed the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This compelling tale follows Father Duncan MacAskill, who serves as an “Exorcist” for his bishop by disciplining other men of the cloth who have forsaken their vows.
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Award-winning Canadian journalist Linden MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man claimed the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This compelling tale follows Father Duncan MacAskill, who serves as an “Exorcist” for his bishop by disciplining other men of the cloth who have forsaken their vows.

©2010 Linden Macintyre (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    09-09-11
    09-09-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Gave it a second chance...glad I did"

    The first time I listened, I was outraged at the narrator's mispronounciation of Antigonish and couldn't get by it. It coloured my whole experience and I wrote the book off with a "two star" and some regret that I'd "wasted" a credit.

    On holiday this year, I decided I should give it another go - the book has won the Governor General's award & I like Lyndon MacIntyre. How glad I am that I did!

    The story unfolds in layers & the characters with it. It is both fresh & familiar. I love this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Saint John, NB, Canada 08-16-13
    Janice Saint John, NB, Canada 08-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't even finish it!"
    What disappointed you about The Bishop’s Man?

    I couldn't follow if he was talking about the present or the past...probably because my attention kept wandering due to the over-attention to detail. This was very painful. But to be fair I didn't finish it. I'm a fan of action and this book didn't have any. It was just boring.


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    Dianne Canada 07-21-12
    Dianne Canada 07-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    I hesitated getting this book. After all, who isn't sick to death of hearing about the priest scandals. I have to hand it to Lynden MacIntyre though, he did an excellent job of telling the story. The story is intriguing and it keeps you interest piqued until the last words of the last chapter.

    I know the tale is fiction, but in light of recent news reports, it makes you wonder if you know the characters in real life. The fiddler Archie MacIsaac comes to mind, but there are quite a few other characters that seem familiar as well.

    The only downside of the book was that the narrator didn't know how to pronounce common place names in Nova Scotia such as Antigonish or Debert, even though he managed a pretty decent Gaelic.

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    Nancy Lakeview, NS, Canada 04-07-11
    Nancy Lakeview, NS, Canada 04-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A new point of view"

    Loved this book-- even when the narrator doesn't quite get the pronunciation of Antigonish. First, it is an unusual story but I believe my enthusiasm comes from seeing another's point of view. It is only with hindsight that we now know how terribly world-wide spread these crimes were and how the church really believed that each one could be buried by sending the perp away. Recommended reading for anyone - in or out of the church.

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    Richard J. Riker Southampton, NJ USA 03-08-11
    Richard J. Riker Southampton, NJ USA 03-08-11 Member Since 2000

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    "Bad book."

    Disappointing. Disjointed, Depressing. I struggled through the whole book only to conclude that I had wasted a great deal of time on very little.

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