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Salvation Scenes from the Life of St. Francis (Paperback)

Author:  Valerie Martin
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375708839
ISBN-13: 9780375708831
Sku: 30859823
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  288
Age Range:  NA
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The acclaimed author of "Italian Fever" and "Mary Reilly" takes a unique approach to biography in this fascinating meditation on one of the most cherished of all Christian saints. Beginning with his final days and moving backward, "Salvation" is at once an illuminating glimpse into the medieval world and an intimate portrait of St. Francis.
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The acclaimed author of Italian Fever and Mary Reilly takes a unique approach to biography in this fascinating meditation on the man who is perhaps the most cherished and revered of all Christian saints.

Valerie Martin tells the life of Francesco di Pietro Bernardone in a series of vividly realized “panels” of moments. Drawing from myriad sources, including Francesco’s own words, she has arranged these scenes thematically, in the manner of the early hagiographies. She begins in the dark, final days, with a suffering Francesco on the verge of death, and moves backward through time, concluding in the bright clear light of his conversion as a young man. Salvation is at once an illuminating glimpse into the medieval world and an original and intimate portrait of the man whose legend has resonated through the centuries.A moving biography of the great saint inspired by a fresco in Italy offers readers a window into the late-medieval world that influenced the teachings and mission of St. Francis of Assisi. By the author of Mary Reilly. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.Inspired by the fresco cycles that depict the life of St. Francis of Assisi, acclaimed author Valerie Martin tells the life of Francesco di Pietro Bernardone in a series of vividly realized ?panels? of moments both crucial and ordinary. Drawing from myriad sources and moving in reverse chronological order, she begins in the dark, final days, with a suffering Francesco on the verge of death, then shows us the unwashed and innocent revolutionary, unafraid to lecture a pope on Christ?s message. We see his mystical friendship with Chiara di Offreducci, a nobleman?s daughter who turns her back on the world to join him, and finally, the frivolous young Francesco on the deserted road where his encounter with a leper leads him to an ecstatic embrace of God. Salvation is at once an illuminating glimpse into the medieval world and an original and intimate portrait of the man whose legend has resonated through the centuries.
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Martin has written an elegant, episodic life of Saint Francis of Assisi, working backward from his death to the youthful encounter with lepers that revealed to Francis his life's calling.Valerie Martin has written an elegant, episodic life of Francesco di Pietro Bernardone, or Saint Francis of Assisi, working backward from his death to the youthful encounter with lepers that revealed to Francis his life's calling. Presenting him as a saint completely committed to God, and as a very vulnerable and lovable human being who may also be slightly mad, Martin tells a story that is inspiring in both a religious and a literary sense.
Author Bio
Valerie Martin
Valerie Martin was the daughter of John Roger Metcalf, a sea captain, and Valerie Fleisher Metcalf. Raised in New Orleans, she graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1970, and earned an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts in 1974. She has a daughter, Adrienne Metcalf Martin.

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Chicago Tribune
"Martin has a great touch for vivid detail, for landscape settings, for qualities of light and times of day....If Martin's handling of her subject matter were of a style of art, it would be International Gothic, decorative, her outdoor scenes bejeweled with sparkling dew, even her beggars picturesque in their rustic misery." - Thomas Simpson 03/11/2001

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0288
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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