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The Priest: A Gothic Romance (original 1994; udgave 1995)

af Thomas M. Disch (Forfatter)

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At the center of Thomas M. Disch's novel "The Priest" is Father Patrick Bryce, a Catholic priest with a present-day Minneapolis parish-and a pedophile past. He's spent time at a church-run retreat for priests of his type and returned "rehabilitated" and even better equipped to keep his vice active and hidden. That is, until the blackmail begins, and each demand tops the next. Fiendishly comic and darkly hypnotic, "The Priest" is a spellbinding work that builds at breakneck speed to its gripping, gruesome, and eerily romantic finale.… (mere)
Medlem:StephenGulik
Titel:The Priest: A Gothic Romance
Forfattere:Thomas M. Disch (Forfatter)
Info:Knopf (1995), Edition: 1st American ed, 303 pages
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Reading through the Supernatural Minnesota series again, I was struck by how well they go together in spite of their different premises and contradictory events... and also by how incredibly much better this one book is than I remembered. Maybe it's that it feels less detached; Disch's irony is always ten feet deep, and so it is here too, but he's writing about the Catholic Church and he clearly had some very, very strong and complicated feelings about it, so there's a little more sweat visible. The horrible things are horrible, the love is real, and all of it is uncomfortable and hilarious. You'll need some extra-strong suspension of disbelief as it veers from one type of gothic tall tale to another, but somehow it all holds together, I think. (Speaking of which: if you get the new edition with an introduction by Gregory Feeley, read the intro after the book. It's interesting in a sort of dry theoretical way, but it gives away a big plot twist.) Also, I was just very happy to see Bing and Queen Mab from The Businessman again. ( )
  elibishop173 | Oct 11, 2021 |
Heh. What a great read. I absolutely love Disch. I'd give this five stars except that would attract the wrong audience. If Shakespeare is like fine wine, Disch is like a double shot of Old Heaven Hill. (Yep.) ( )
  Farree | May 18, 2018 |
The Supernatural Minnesota books are just so damned good. The MD will remain one of the greatest literary horror novels of all time, but the other three are in no way to be sneezed at.

The Priest seems like an appropriate read at the moment. When it came out the various scandals that were rocking the Catholic Church were pretty bad, but few could have imagined the deluge to come. Well, Disch did, in a kind of murderous, tragic, apocalyptic way. Now there's a new pope and he taint of scandal has been irrevocably ingrained into the substance of the Church, and Disch's gothic vision of conservative Catholic values run amok in the modern world is pretty much a spot-on piece of savagely satirical entertainment.

In The Priest, a paedophile priest - an ephebophile, really - is blackmailed into, amongst other things, getting an enormous tattoo of Satan on his torso. Passing out while under the needle, he wakes up in the time and body of a medieval bishop in the throes of the orgy of torture and slaughter that was the Albigensian Crusade. Worse still, the medieval bishop wakes up in the priest's time and body. Hi-jinks ensue.

Oh, what a tangled, nasty tale. Disch's trenchant anti-catholcism is in full flight. With anyone else that might have led to something rather unsatisfying, but Disch's focus on the documented evils, while taking a side-swipe at a thinly disguised cult founded by a science fiction writer that's half Hubbard, half Streiber, and his merciless dissection of human vanity, means that even with the supernatural body and time jumping elements, this is a meditation on all-too-human and all-too-banal acts of evil. It's also a gut=wrenching exercise in mounting suspense, and the moment when the bishop is loosed on the pregnant girls trapped in the cells under the cathedral is agonising.

In the ongoing series of where-was-I-when-I-first-read-this, I borrowed The Priest from Cork City Library and read it on breaks and during lunches while working in Dunnes Stores in Douglas sometime in the mid-nineties. Hell of a book. ( )
2 stem Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
Terrific story. the twist and turns maje this one of my favorite books. ( )
  underdogrides | Mar 15, 2012 |
The cover attracted me when this novel first came out, I admit it. When I read the synopsis inside I was sure I had in my hands a book I would devour immediately. How far off the mark was I? Only about 15 years. That's how long it took for me to finally read the whole thing. I'm sure I tried in 1995 and recently found a postcard in it dated from 2001, so I obviously tried again and failed to read it. As part of a half-hearted purge I decided that if I couldn't finish it on the 3rd try I'd kick it to the curb.

Well I finished it and it wasn't as terrible as it must have seemed to me in 1995 and 2001. This time its disjointed nature did more than frustrate me, it sort of jogged me along. I won't say I read it with relish, for I don't think there's a single character with whom I'd care to have dinner, but I did find the strange plot reasonably interesting.

There's the priest referred to in the title - a man, when he's knocked unconscious, who is susceptible to transporting into the body of another man who lived and died in the 13th century. Not so bad, but the reverse also happens - the 13th century man occupies the priest's body in modern-day Minnesota. Meanwhile there's not one, but two people blackmailing the priest for his pedophile crimes of decades past, a horrific tattoo of satan's face on said priest's chest, a "home" for girls feared to want abortions (really it's a prison to force them to bring their fetuses to term), rogue priests, henchmen and a science fiction author turned cult leader who also believes himself to have been transported to the 13th century (to the very dungeon where the priest's doppelganger holds sway over the inquisition's torture chamber). Phew. A lot going on, but it manages to tie itself up into a reasonable facsimile of a knot. There are a few dangling plot devices and characters and a couple of unknowns, but I didn't like the story or any of the characters enough to care. I won't be reading any of the others in the series. ( )
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At the center of Thomas M. Disch's novel "The Priest" is Father Patrick Bryce, a Catholic priest with a present-day Minneapolis parish-and a pedophile past. He's spent time at a church-run retreat for priests of his type and returned "rehabilitated" and even better equipped to keep his vice active and hidden. That is, until the blackmail begins, and each demand tops the next. Fiendishly comic and darkly hypnotic, "The Priest" is a spellbinding work that builds at breakneck speed to its gripping, gruesome, and eerily romantic finale.

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