The Bishop's Man

The Bishop's Man

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Father Duncan MacAskill has spent most of his priesthood as the 'Exorcist' - an enforcer employed by his bishop to discipline wayward priests and suppress potential scandal. While sequestered by his bishop in a small rural parish to avoid an impending public controversy, Duncan must confront the consequences of past cover-ups and the suppression of his own human needs. Pushed to the breaking point by loneliness, tragedy and sudden self-knowledge, he discovers how hidden obsessions and guilty secrets either find their way to the light of understanding, or poison any chance we have for love and spiritual peace.
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, [2009]
Copyright Date: ♭2009
ISBN: 9780307372857
Characteristics: 1 online resource (399 pages)
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Sep 04, 2018

A troubling story of guilt and moral duty. A thoughtful read, well written.

Jun 07, 2015

I loved this book. It is
structurally complex, weaving past and present and a number of storylines together, but so well constructed that the layers add depth and meaning without impeding the reader. A very satisfying read.

Bunny_Watson716 Nov 01, 2014

The language is lovely in this book, and the anguish that the central character, Father MacAskill fells, is palpable. Lovely reading.

Jun 22, 2014

the author's style is a little bit here and there and leaves you wondering what really happened.

Oct 23, 2012

Wasn't sure what to expect, but its landscape/weather descriptions made me feel like I was in Cape Breton. You meet Father Duncan MacAskill who is a Catholic priest. He has been moved around a few times as sensitive material came to light. Back in his neck of the woods, he allows himself to reflect on his life experiences while re-aquainting himself with the locals. Though he still has flashbacks to his former life in Central America and his love, Jacinta. Things don't go as expected there or his current posting and rattles him to the core. Will he be able to overcome his addition? Will he ever find Brendan Bell? Will he find out what happened to Danny MacKay and come to terms with it? What does this all really mean?

Sep 05, 2012

So disappointing on so many levels...nothing but allusions and denials and confusion as to what was happening, where and when. Sorry but I will not be recommending this book to anyone.

Jul 17, 2012

A remarkable book, MacIntyre's sense of time and place are pitch perfect. I can see this novel being on the required reading list for future generations of high school English students across Canada.

bllw1205 Jun 21, 2012

Chappy r n
Lyrically written A staightforward commentary on abuse in all it's forms, and the destruction left in it's wake.

LUCKYTHIRTY Dec 07, 2011

Excellent book: very interesting perspective on looking at priesthood from their eyes

Nov 07, 2011

A very, very good read, and the fact that it won validates the Giller process (can't say that of all the winners). MacIntyre has crafted an excellent character study within an unusual treatment of a timely issue.

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Mar 04, 2010

Good story-line but rambles in places & hard to follow.


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Mar 08, 2010

"You know the eagle's secret?" he said. "He never lets us see him scavenging. You only see him soaring. Or sitting high up, somewhere out of reach. Kind of superior. He's very discreet about the mundane, the mortal. Like the priesthood used to be. Out of reach. It's easier to mythologize that way, priesthood and eaglehood both."

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