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Father Duncan MacAskill is called The Exorcist. Not in the traditional sense, however: at his bishop’s bidding, he drives out devils of a different sort – priests who molest children. He does not banish the devils to hell, nor to the police, but to discreet clinics or simply to far-off parishes to commence their sins anew. MacAskill’s loathsome bishop has a heart of ice. He refuses to see abused children as victims. They are merely troublesome complainers who need to be silenced. The Exorcist is more sympathetic, but still he obeys the bishop. Despite his own celibacy and sobriety issues, MacAskill is the closest thing to a hero in Linden MacIntyre’s riveting new novel, The Bishop’s Man, a searing indictment of the Catholic church. MacAskill is sent to a rural parish in his native Cape Breton, which is also the author’s native land. There, while wrestling with his own demons, MacAskill encounters a troubled young man who appears to be the victim of a notorious priest. MacAskill is determined to help this man, regardless of the consequences for the church. His subsequent investigation takes him on a sordid and surprising path. Despite being a work of fiction, The Bishop’s Man has the ring of truth. Indeed, MacIntyre writes with great authority. The past few decades have seen a stream of stories about church sex abuse scandals in Canada, the U.S., and Ireland. We feel we know this issue, yet we learn so much more from MacIntyre’s very credible, complex characters. This novel is not perfect. At times, the plot is convoluted and the back-and-forth chronology gets rather tiresome. Generally, however, it is a well-crafted, brave, and painful examination of one of the most monstrous issues of our time. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Extraordinary... Above all, it's a page-turner which renders existential questions about personal responsibility into fodder fit for a thriller" Observer "Impressive in the breadth of its concerns ... what is striking about The Bishop's Man is the way the author achieves a necessary balance, keeping a judicious distance between himself and his tale of institutional corruption and its dire effect. Both dispassion and compassion inform his narrative" Times Literary Supplement "The character of MacAskill, whose theological musings are worthy of Graham Greene, is rich and complex. The remote and decaying fishing village, with its cast of lost and lonely souls, also rings with conviction" Daily Mail "Powerful... An overwhelming sense of secrecy pervades every exchange, every turn and twist of the story" Belfast Telegraph "Very readable, with a hint of Graham Greene" -- William Leith ScotsmanSee all Product Description
I loved this story. You really felt the pain of the characters. It was one of those books that I couldn't put down. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nancy
This book will stand the test of time as a great Canadian novel. The underlying themes of faith and taboo are handled with sophistication and on occasion with humour. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael Bridger
I choose the 4 star rating because I found the book very slow to begin with...I almost didn't stick with it, but was glad I did. Read morePublished 18 months ago by s.frances
Gave the right revue to the wrong book, oh well no one reads these anyway. Very good book, eye openingPublished 20 months ago by Edie Evans
This is cleverly and tastefully written. Mr. MacIntyre says what is to be said in clear concise but very interesting style.Published on May 17 2013 by oldgirl
Book 2 in the Cape Breton trilogy
Synopsis is mainly taken from Wikipedia and expended with my own thoughts
The story follows the life of a Catholic priest... Read more
Everytime I periodically decide to gamble on reading "Prize Winning Canadian Literature" I am totally puzzled as to what planet these people (the writers, the prize panels and the... Read morePublished on May 27 2012 by K. Yackimec
The Bishop's Man is a shocking and disturbing read of one of the most despicable acts in the Catholic Church's history and although it seems like a heavy read, it wasn't as... Read morePublished on Dec 21 2011 by Lydia - Novel Escapes
Reading the words of Linden MacIntyre I was struck by the memories I had of Cape Breton story tellers. His story flowed. It was a book that I had dificulty putting down. Read morePublished on April 1 2011 by Mj Perry