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The Dearly Beloved

A Novel
De : Cara Wall
Lu par : Kathy Keane
Durée : 10 h et 50 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical

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A Today Show "Read with Jenna" Book Club Selection

“A moving portrait of love and friendship set against a backdrop of social change.” (The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice) 

Here is the power of the novel in its simplest, richest form: bearing intimate witness to human beings grappling with their faith and falling in love. That Wall executes it so beautifully? Well, this is exactly why we read literary fiction.... The best book about faith in recent memory.” (Entertainment Weekly, A-) 

“When I began reading The Dearly Beloved, I braced for piety, worried it might be a book only a believer could appreciate. Instead, I found myself carried along by Cara Wall’s luminous prose, and then by these characters and their stories. I saw myself in their doubts, in their hopes. There is no moralizing here, only empathy. When I arrived at the end, I felt absolutely lifted by the spirit of the story.” (Mary Beth Keane, New York Times best-selling author of Ask Again, Yes)

Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their personal differences, however, threaten to tear them apart. 

Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry. How then, can he fall in love with Lily - fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern - after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God? And yet, how can he not? 

James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother. Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante. James' escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan, and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life. 

In The Dearly Beloved, we follow these two couples through decades of love and friendship, jealousy and understanding, forgiveness and commitment. Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church’s congregation, these four forge improbable paths through their evolving relationships, each struggling with uncertainty, heartbreak, and joy. A poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives, Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved is a gorgeous, wise, and provocative novel that is destined to become a classic.  

©2019 Cara Wall (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • 03/09/2019

lovely story, Illuminating and informative

I love this story. The characters leapt off the page. Their struggles seem real and clearly echo the difficulty of having faith in a world of tragedy and difficulty. This engaging novel illuminates. the difficulty of going through this world alone and the comfort they can come from being bonded to one another.

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  • 27/11/2019

Best Book I Read This Year.

This was the best book I have read all year. It is a beautiful story of friendship, love of family and God. Learned a little history of Autism education and how a family and friends work hard to make their son's life better. Amazing story over a 50 year period.

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  • Carrie B.
  • 25/10/2019

So good

Loved this story, and the narration. I adored the luscious descriptions of homes, etc., a wonderful atmosphere is set. Excellent characters, coming apart and together throughout their lifetimes. Religion is a theme, but all sides are presented. I highly recommend this book.

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  • 03/10/2019

A story of faith

A wonderful, thought provoking story of faith (personal) and Faith (religious). It is a slow start, so hang in for the first hour or so. The characters are beautifully written and each represents a different aspect of the meaning of faith. The ending is poignant and perfect. This is a book to savor. It made me think about my own beliefs.

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  • 21/09/2019

Real life

The Dearly Beloved is a beautiful story telling the real struggles of real life. Lovingly reminds us that we don’t have to always agree with everyone we love. We don’t always know the answers to our struggles. Being open, forgiving, kind, and part of a community is all that really matters.

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  • 28/01/2020

just amazing

It began slow and a bit confusing.... BUT KEEP GOING! this book is expertly woven together

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  • 20/01/2020

Lives Lived!

A read that shares how life journies can bring us together and can tear us apart. The joy, heartbreak, perceived truth, and realities in our daily lives. The journey of faith.

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  • 06/01/2020

So good!

Such a touching sweet story of the courtship, career and journey of 2 couples. Such a great reminder of the life ministers live...

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  • 22/02/2020

I had expectations!

It grabbed me, surprised me, and I couldn’t stop reading. Recommend this book to all.

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  • 12/02/2020

Delightful book

What a delight of a story. I loved getting to know the characters so well through their years. I loved how the author took us through the stages of loving, pitying, being angry with and even disliking Lilly before once again coming to love her. All of the characters were alive and believable.
The narrator did a wonderful job with her voices. I enjoyed every last moment of this book.