Item description for Strangers and Sojourners (Children of the Last Days) (v. 1) by Michael O'Brien...
Overview Strangers and Sojourners is an epic novel set in the rugged interior of British Columbia, the first volume of a trilogy which traces the lives of four generations of a family of exiles. Beginning on the first day of the year 1900, and concluding with the climactic events of the final days leading up to the Millennium, the series follows Anne and Stephen Delaney and their descendants as they live through the tumultuous events of this century. Anne, the central character, is a highly educated, cultured Englishwoman who leaves Europe for the Canadian frontier after serving as a battlefield nurse during the First World War. Raised in a family of spiritualists and Fabian socialists, she has fled civilization in search of a new world. She embarks on an experimental year of teaching school to a cabin full of "bush-children" - a temporary sojourn in an untamed land. There she meets a trapper-homesteader, an Irish immigrant who is fleeing the "troubles" in his own violent past. This is a story about the gradual movement of souls from despair and unbelief to faith, hope, and love, about the psychology of perception, and about the ultimate questions of life, death and the mystery of being.
Publishers Description An epic novel set in the rugged interior of British Columbia, the first volume of a trilogy which traces the lives of four generations of a family of exiles. Beginning in 1900, and concluding with the climactic events leading up to the Millennium, the series follows Anne and Stephen Delaney and their descendants as they live through the tumultuous events of this century.
Anne is a highly educated Englishwoman who arrives in British Columbia at the end of the First World War. Raised in a family of spiritualists and Fabian socialists, she has fled civilization in search of adventure. She meets and eventually marries a trapper-homesteader, an Irish immigrant who is fleeing the "troubles" in his own violent past. This is a story about the gradual movement of souls from despair and unbelief to faith, hope, and love, about the psychology of perception, and about the ultimate questions of life, death and the mystery of being.
Interwoven with scenes from Ireland, England, Poland, Russia, and Belgium during the War, "Strangers and Sojourners" is a tale of the extraordinary hidden within the ordinary. It is about courage and fear, and the triumph of the human spirit.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.92" Width: 5.28" Height: 1.39" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2002
Publisher Ignatius Press
Series Children of the Last Days
ISBN 0898709237 ISBN13 9780898709230 UPC 008987092377
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More About Michael O'Brien
O'Brien taught at the University of Arkansas until 1987. He is now Phillip R. Shriver Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio.
Michael O'Brien currently resides in the state of Ohio. Michael O'Brien was born in 1948.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Strangers and Sojourners (Children of the Last Days) (v. 1)?
Simply beautiful Jan 2, 2007
I just finished reading Strangers and Sojourners today. I am so glad I read it and I find myself wishing everyone would read this beautiful work in large part because I'd love to discuss it with the world - there is so much rich and precious insight into life in this book and it's so moving that it's difficult to just keep it all in.
This book is poetry in the form of prose. The writing is something to savor - I don't want to sound corny, but it's just delicious how the writer plays the English language like delicate watercolors to convey thoughts, images, feelings.
The story, the settings, the characters and the humble, bening brilliance behind it all - if you are a seeker, a stranger or a sojourner in life you will find this work to be precious indeed.
A Good Book, Really Is Literature Jun 8, 2006
While some of the other reviewers found this book slow and disappointing, I strongly disagree.
Anne Delaney is a woman who, while prophetic and speaking for truth, struggles for most of her life with issues of belief and unbelief, trust and fear. She does find a resolution to her "shadows" in the end. Pay careful attention to the visit by Fr. Andrei while she's ill in bed, and the fact that he said a few words, Latin words, that should have been said a long time ago. The journey the family and the community take collectively is the focus of the tale. Anne Delaney and her family are the connecting threads of the story. There is little within this book that does not have some meaning if you spend a moment contemplating it. It is beautifully written and a sympathetic depiction of various forms atheism, doubt, and despair takes, while at the same time providing very real answers.
A wonderful book. It is apocalyptic literature, as compared to the apocalyptic grocery store novels that were the Left Behind series.
Strangers and Sojourners Aug 2, 2005
This book is incredibly fascinating, well written, and insightful. The author's knowledge of history, geography, literature and art is amazing. His recognition of the way evil penetrates society, especially through the media is food for thought.
Not what I thought Jul 16, 2005
I found this book to be disappointing. There are part of it that are insightful and make you think, but overall the story seems rather disjointed. I am not sure what the theme is supposed to be - if it's the family, the book doesn't give a complete picture of all the family and what happens to them. If it's the spiritual development, it is lacking because you never know exactly what the husband Stephen's faith consists of and the wife Anne's faith is nonexistent until at the end of her life she finds something but what it is seems vague. I really didn't much like this book - at the end I got the feeling that life is awful and then you die. It is not uplifting or inspirational in the least.
Inspiring but too slow Jun 3, 2005
The author employs fascinating dialogue with great insight to characters and their spiritual journey. Unfortunately that did not start until after about 190 pages into the novel. This is a slow developing novel with too many sub-plots and problems with character development.
I can only recommend this book because of the great insights this author provided within the novel. There are small gems scattered throughout the last half of the book.
O'Brien's book Fr. Elijah is still one of my all time favorite books, so maybe I am setting the bar too high.