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Friday, June 19, 2009



I've read this novel a couple of times. It is as the reviewer states.

I"ve also spent some time in the Balkans. The descriptions of people and places are wonderful.

I don't often re-read books, but two of my favourites are O'Brien's works.

David Murdoch

We need more good catholic fiction.

God Bless,

Frank Gibbons

An extraordinary work! What a treasure trove of history, philosophy, poetry, mysticism, mathematics, and the eternal verities. An "Island of the World" is Michael O'Brien's best work to date and it's how to imagine how he could top it. It is a soaring, lyrical work whose prose never flags. Mr. O'Brien has created a great character in Josip Lasta whose journey through loss and suffering to forgiveness and redemption is a breathtaking exemplar of grace in action. Besides being wonderful spiritual writing, it is outstanding historical fiction. It is one of the outstanding pieces of contemporary fiction and it's a shame that the secular press has not given it more attention. My wife read it after me and was deeply moved. I read the book over a year ago and it is still fresh in my mind.

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