Monday, January 29, 2007

Catholic novels

Here is a list of recommended Catholic novels, just off the top of my head. It is by no means complete, so suggestions are welcome. If people are looking for stories that are entertaining but which have spirituality, then this is a start. Most of the authors here were/are Catholic; I could easily do several lists of classic novels by non-Catholic authors which have deeply Christian themes, beginning with Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.



melanie said...

What about Fabiola by Cardinal Wiseman?

elena maria vidal said...

OK, I just added it! Thanks, melanie!!

wordsmith said...

What about Malachy Martin's Windsept House?

Anonymous said...

the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy by Sigrid Undset [a masterpiece]

In this House of Brede - Rumer Godden. [beautiful and elegant]

A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller. [brilliant sci-fi]

Mitre and Crook - Fr. Bryan Houghton [wit and wisdom and a great style]

Judith's Marriage - Fr. Bryan Houghton. [the drama and sacrifice of Catholic marriage - touching]

The Diary of a Country Priest - George Bernanos [work of genius]

Helena - Evelyn Waugh

... I would disagree with the Malachi Martin's book. Not great, not even honest, IMO.

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks! I don't know how I forgot Sigrid Undset and Rumer Godden. I think Rumer Godden also wrote "Black Narcissus." Thank you very much for all of those suggestions; I will certainly add them to the list!

Georgette said...

What a great list, EMV! So much to read, so little time!

Have you seen this Wikipedia list?
list of Catholic authors
It looks pretty comprehensive, though not thoroughly cross referenced by genres and nationalities, but it comes close.

It was interesting to see on the list Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald -- I'm not sure if I knew they were Catholic or not.

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks, Georgette, I should have checked out the Wikipedia list. I have no idea how Catholic Hemingway and Fitzgerald were although they both deal with themes of sin, redemption, and dark nights of the soul. OK, I will add some more tiltles to the list!

Georgette said...

Have you heard of the Redwall series of children's stories? They are wonderful tales set in a monastery of little mice. All the characters are animals--talking, of course. Excellent reading for young people--and grown-ups, too. Brian Jacques is the author. I have been unable to ascertain whether he is Catholic or not. But, given today's climate toward Catholics (especially in secular publishing--and children's secular publishing even more so), and the fact that his characters are abbots and monks(albeit mice), I might understand his not wanting to advertise his Catholicism (if he is). But he does admit that he went to Catholic school for ten years in England. And certainly, themes of heroic virtues run through his tales.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, I have heard of the Redwall series, only good things.

I have been studying the Wikipedia list you sent me. It is fascinating. I had NO idea that Antonia Fraser was ever Catholic. I guess I should have guessed from her Mary Queen of Scots bio.

Thanks, Georgette. BTW, I am adding Tim Powers to the list.

elena maria vidal said...

I had to stop because I went over my quota. I will have to make another list of just English and American Catholic novelists.

Gerard said...

My new novel, IN-SIGHT, is a modern prodigal son story told through a Catholic world lens. To read more about it, visit my website or use the advanced search on for IN-SIGHT by Gerard Webster.

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks, Gerard, it looks fabulous. I'd love to review it if you can send me a copy.

Gerard said...

Thanks, Elena,
I'll be glad to mail you a copy, but I need a mailing address first.
Gerard Webster
author of IN-SIGHT, a novel