Morris West’s magnificent New York Times #1 best seller has become an enduring classic of intrigue and faith. Intelligent and sharply written, The Shoes of the Fisherman moves readers with the power of its story and the emotional complexity of its characters.
When the Pope dies, Vatican insiders arrange to have Kiril Lakota—a survivor of 17 years in a labor prison camp—elected to fill the shoes first worn by the disciple Peter. As Kiril struggles to remain true to both himself and to the traditions of the church, his faith is tested far beyond anything he was forced to endure in prison. West’s genius at placing characters in believable, compelling moments of crisis, and his refusal to allow easy resolutions to their secular and spiritual turmoils, will resonate with listeners of all faiths and backgrounds. Paul Hecht’s brilliant narration echoes the anguish and joy felt by each character.
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I loved this novel 30 years ago but found it a dreary listen today. I had been pleasantly surprised at how well West's "Devil's Advocate" stood the test of time, so perhaps my expectations for "Shoes" were too high (or my disppointment too high with how the real history the novel hints at actually unfolded in the Catholic Church).
It still made for nostaligic listening-- and is still a worthwhile listen if you like novels set during the Cold War (accent on setting) - just don't expect a riveting tale.
This book is perhaps one of the best novels by the author. Some might be familiar with it because of the movie by the same name. The movie is also excellent, the depth in the book far surpasses it. Not only in the quality of the writing, but also in the content of the ideals, this book will be challenging to Christian and non-Christian reader alike. It is also almost a prophetic glance into the future papacy.
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