Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

It’s on the summer reading list, but not a page turner for the beach!

The book opens with a meeting of the higher up Roman clergy having a luncheon on a
patio overlooking the hills of Rome in 1848.  Father Jean Marie Latour of France has been promoted to a abishop and he will be in charge of the entire new southwest territory of the United States.  He will be joined by an old high school friend and the two travel many miles together exploring the vast desert lands and meeting the native Mexicans and Indians living there. These lands included what is now Arizona, New Mexico (“Land of
Enchantment”!) and even as far north as Colorado.  Get out your atlas . . .

 

1

Maybe at night, late, while you are dozing by the campfire in the cool night desert air you can hear the strains of singing and banjo accompaniment and harmonica as the two old friends reminisce about the old days:

“Hail! hail! Saint Charles Borromeo High!
Voices raised from sea, from sky!

Hail! We salute you!=
we gave our youth to . . .

Saint Charles Borromeo High!”

This book is a gentle read as the two ride during the days–having acquired two old mules:
Continto and Anjelica who have been raised together and the priests honor that tradition and continue to keep them together.

To whet your appetite (!) here is a list of the sections of thebook:

At Rome; The Vicar Apostolic;Missionary Journeys; The Mass at Acoma; Snake Root; Padre Martinez;Dona Isabella; The Great Diocese;Gold Under Pike” Peak; Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Dona Isabella is the best one!CIMG6832

And away you go———

Two button review, but a classic . . .so you can check it off your list.

two small mother-of-pearl paillettes ©booksandbuttons

two small mother-of-pearl paillettes ©booksandbuttons

Share Button
This entry was posted in classics in literature. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *