What I’m Reading:

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In Death of the Grown-up  Diana West explores the decline of Western civilization, the disappearance of adults, the rise of political correctness, Islamic terrorism and multiculturalism. It has been at once a depressing and inspiring read . . .

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Alice Thomas Ellis was a fascinating woman, a talented catholic novelist, and an anti-feminist. When she was nineteen she became a postulation but had to leave the order due to health problems. She later married Colin Haycraft. They were happily married and had seven children. Her book,  The Serpent on the Rock   is a non-fiction work  which examines the changes within the church after Vatican II. It has been described as irreverent, spicey, passionate – combative.  Well,  it is certainly fast-paced, witty and straight-forward. Ellis does not mince her words. I enjoyed her candor and humor although I could see many Catholics taking offence at her tone. As one book review stated, You won’t find this one at your local Catholic bookstore! 

 

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4 comments

      1. she was a magnificent writer. her research thorough.

        i’m not catholic, so i found those parts of it more informative, but you will probably see them much differently; it’s woven into the fabric of her books. Came a Cavalier was the first book of hers i read, and i was hooked.

  1. Thx for this. I didn’t know about Alice Thomas Ellis, but having been to Liverpool and been interested in Ireland I really need to read this book.

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