Willa Cather's best known novel is an epic—almost mythic—story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.
In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. In the almost forty years that follow, Latour spreads his faith in the only way he knows--gently, all the while contending with an unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Out of these events, Cather gives us an indelible vision of life unfolding in a place where time itself seems suspended.
BONUS: The edition includes an excerpt from The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.
Very well written and very well read. Historical novel. Lamy and Machebeuf—2 great men—in the main characters in this great authors tale. An easy listen and will do so again soon.55
This is a descriptive novel of the southwest in the 1800's as seen through the eyes of Catholic priests sent to spread the gospel. Cather descriptions of the native Americans, the Mexicans, and the land are key to the story. It immerses the reader into a time where life was harsh, but simple, and not polluted from man's movement to progress.45