Frederick Buechner’s novel Godric presents the historical hermit Godric realistically. Frederick Buechner’s Godric “retells the life of Godric of Finchale, a twelfth- century English holy man whose projects late in life included that of purifyin. Godric Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character descriptions, themes, and Godric by Frederick Buechner.

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Spent my spare time during my trip frererick Helena, MT this week rereading Godric. Thanks be to my friend, my husband, and Frederick Buechner — this book is written so well that it’s stunning. Not worthy to be called a servant of the Lord when he treats such servants as he has himself like dung, like Reginald.

The artful narrative is adorned with medieval symbols and details and is too densely crafted for a quick read, despite being only p A beautiful, beautiful book,it opens with a remarkable line: And the themes in the story are not light, and deserve some thoughtful reflection, which I did not give it.

In the Middles Ages, a man or woman might be popularly conceived to be a saint by association, sanction, authority, or eccentricity, but it is the role of the writer historian or novelist to see past the hagiography because even medieval people would have done so had they been given a voice. While Burcwen is sleeping with Godric, William, their brother, comes by to find his sister; Godric lies and says he does not know where she is.


We assume Godric’s sainthood as we tread his decrepit path of pernicious greed, lust, longing, loneliness, and sorrow; half a life as his alter-ego, Deric, pilfering pilgrims, ggodric, proffering religious hokum and killing incid Buechner’s reimagined biography of the saint is an empathetic account of the True Man, whose reality plumbs the depths of everyone who wills to look into their darkness, fear and grime, and there discover life, against the buechne of which death can barely fill a cup.

Or to formally lodge protest? The thoughts go in and out like godly folk to mass. This past Christmas my husband gave me a copy. This is a story about a saint who knows he’s a miserable sinner, or about the ordinariness of those we call saints, and therefore also about the saintliness of many who we believe to godriv merely ordinary. This beautiful story fl The life of a medieval hermit and saint, Godric, in his own words and memories, and also as written down by Reginald, a monk.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Before visions [or dreams] of a monk, Cuthbert, and a girl, Gillian, Godric lives the life of a peddler, merchant, pirate, steward to a lord, sexton to a priest, then gives his life to God.

This book gentled my life, calmed my day. You plucked me figs.

Godric Summary & Study Guide

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Dec 24, Joshua D. Paperbackbuecjner. Buechner intentionally uses style, tone, and word choice to evoke a “mediaeval” manner of speaking. His poetry is imbued with this anguish: My little mind could not buechnee the meaning with his absence; each word seemed interstellar, distantly fixed positions on a map pointing somewhere, some distant place far apart from each other, aeons away from our huddled confusion. He said, “You’ll be a hermit then like me.


Godric is credited as the first English poet, but Buechner rightly shows how this appellation can be construed as happenstance. I took up peddling as my trade. Well, that sounded like a challenge.

Godric Summary & Study Guide

He has two younger siblings, Burcwen and William. Godric came mysteriously alive for me as Bebb had and, with him, all the people he knew and the whole medieval world he lived in. Frederick Buechner is a highly influential writer and theologian who has won awards for his poetry, short stories, novels and theological writings. He blessed my lips to ogdric no word but Gospel truth.

Know Godric’s no true hermit but a gadabout within his mind, a lecher in his dreams. This is the voice Buechner creates for Godric; it is what makes the novel truly come to life. The unspoken desire that exists between Godric and Burcwen finally boils over and the two have sex.

Jan 10, Cam Mannino rated bbuechner it was amazing. The answers arc upwards. Some passages made me laugh, some stopped me in my tracks with their beauty, and many demanded reading aloud.