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Glittering Images: A Novel (Starbridge) (1987 original; edició 1988)

de Susan Howatch (Autor)

Sèrie: Starbridge (1)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The first in Susan Howatch's acclaimed novels centering on the glorious Cathedral of Starbridge, Glittering Images is a masterful depiction of spiritual hubris, the seductions of power, and the moral dilemmas of England between the wars. "Passionately eloquent . . . [A] tale of God, sex, love, self-analysis and forgiveness . . . The dialogue throughout this book is brilliantly crisp."--The Philadelphia Inquirer It is the 1930s, and Charles Ashworth is dispatched by the Archbishop of Canterbury to learn the truth about the flamboyant Bishop of Starbridge, Adam Alexander Jardine, and his mousy wife. Do Jardine's outspoken denouncements of the Anglican Church's strict divorce laws have a personal motive? When he meets the cool and beautiful Lyle Christie, Mrs. Jardine's companion, Ashworth believes they do. But as he struggles to understand the strange relationships in the household, Ashworth ceases to be an innocent, objective observer. Slowly, he too is drawn into the secret drama that is being played out in the shadow of the cathedral, a drama that he could never have foreseen. Praise for Glittering Images "A terrific story . . . Glittering Images is driven by passion, emotional and spiritual, and its spiritual antagonists are brilliant characters."--San Jose Mercury News "She may well be the Anthony Trollope of the 20th century."--Andrew Greeley, The Washington Post "Bold and exciting."--Los Angeles Times… (més)
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Títol:Glittering Images: A Novel (Starbridge)
Autors:Susan Howatch (Autor)
Informació:Fawcett (1988), Edition: First Fascett Paperback, 448 pages
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I very much enjoyed reading this book but it never seemed entirely real or entirely believable. I wanted to find out about the characters and was intrigued by the level of psychological depth the author was able to enter into but somehow it all seemed a bit contrived. The latter part of the book is the endless, lengthy unburdening of everyone's soul but they all do it with such readiness which whilst convenient for the reader seems so remote from reality.

Sometimes it also feels very dated. Although the book is set in the 1930s it often betrays its 1980s heritage and it feels like someone trying to reflect 1980s sexual obsessions into a bygone age. It is never clear whether the sexual morality is that of the 1930s or the battle to fit Christianity into the morals of the 1980s. Nevertheless it is a jolly good story. ( )
  NeilDalley | Mar 9, 2020 |
3.5 I picked this up because Jaqueline Winspear, an author I like a lot, said this series was one of her favorites. The book evolves around a vicar in the Church of England who is tormented by the discrepancies between his public persona and what he believes is his real self. The roll of sex is a theme in the book, and there was a bit too much of that for me. It wasn't gratuitous since it figured into the angst and downfall of some of the characters, but it could have toned down. I was interested in the main character and how he worked through an emotional breakdown to become more spiritually and mentally healthy, but in the end it felt a little too romancey for me to think I want to try another in the series. ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
This book rode my book shelf for several years. I picked it up, and others of the Starbridge series from a used book sale at a theological library. A friend suggested it telling me that the characters in this series were based on theologians and churchmen in the Church of England. I love church history and was interested. My wife read a later book in the series and didn't enjoy it, so it kind of killed my excitement in starting in on these. But as I have been downsizing my library I thought I'd give it a go.

Absolutely brilliant. The plot centers on Charles Ashworth in 1937, a canon who is commissioned by Archbishop Cosmo Gordon Lang to investigate the sexual impropriety of a rival bishop, the fictional bishop of Starbridge, Alex Jardine. Ashworth starts out sleuthing around the Bishop's palace but his identification with Jardine reveals some cracks in his own character. This leads to a full-blown break down for Ashworth. Ashworth is led back to spiritual (and psychological) health through his counsel with his spiritual director, a world-wise ex-Navy Chaplain and Fordite Monk, John Darrow. Darrow helps Ashworth confront his 'glittering image' which gives him compassion for others with their glittering images.

This book is part mystery, part love story, part sorrid sexual tale, part mystical treatise. I enjoyed this book a lot and am interested in reading others in the series.

One small point of critique is that the female characters are not as fleshed out as the male character are in this novel. It may Just be that Howatch's protagonist here is a clergyman in the 1930s.






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  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
I have had this book for a while and glad that I finally got round to it. Charles Ashworth is a bishop in the CofE and is sent by the Archbishop of Canterbury to Starbridge to check out the bishop there. It forces him to confront what he really believes and what he wants out of live. In his quest he meets Jon Darrow the abbot of the Fordite monastery who seems to have a strange insight into those areound him.

I really enjoyed this book which is the first in a series although at times I got confused by ther terminology. It seemed more Catholic than CofE at times. A good reminder that Christians have the same problems to face as everyone else. ( )
  Northern_Light | Dec 20, 2016 |
First in the 'Starbridge' series about the Church of England.

I love this book! It's an incredibly powerful novel, based in the early part of the 20th century. Charles, a young Anglican minister, is sent to see if a Bishop is committing 'indiscretions'. He gets caught up in the strange household he discovers, and various crises unravel from his own past and personality.

While the book is somewhat rambling in places, with a great deal of conversation, I found, even reading it for the fourth time in fifteen years, that it was remarkably difficult to put down. I could remember the broad outline of the plot, of course, and the eventual resolution - but much of the detail intrigued me all over again.

Perhaps Charles’ problems are caricatured and exaggerated. Perhaps the psychological investigation that follows is a bit too neat and tidy. But it makes exciting reading, and Charles’ advisor - the mystical monk Jon Darrow - is a most intriguing character.

The writing is powerful, often quite terse and dramatic, with clever plotting. The book has been criticised as suggesting that Anglican ministers are as described in the book, but I don’t think that’s fair: Charles and the Bishop of Starbridge are contrasted with the majority of morally sound vicars around the country. My one reservation at recommending it widely is that there’s one somewhat explicit - and shocking - scene, and quite a lot of frank discussion about intimacies throughout the book. This is low-key compared to the majority of modern novels, but still I would hesitate to recommend this to anyone under the age of about 16.
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  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Glittering images are the public front we all put up to protect our vulnerable selves from the world's cruel blows, especially those inflicted by the ones we most hope to be admired by. The glittering image is the one we see in the mirror, embellished with all the self-delusion the human mind can generate, which is a great deal.

Practically everybody in "Glittering Images" has his own glittering image, and the book is spent narrating the process of shattering them, one by one.
 
There's no doubt that sex and religion can make exciting bedfellows; add mysteries within mysteries, scenes of charismatic spiritual healing and a deft creation of a middle-class milieu that disappeared with WW II, and you have an engrossing novel that challenges the reader's sense of the fine points of morality.
 
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The first in Susan Howatch's acclaimed novels centering on the glorious Cathedral of Starbridge, Glittering Images is a masterful depiction of spiritual hubris, the seductions of power, and the moral dilemmas of England between the wars. "Passionately eloquent . . . [A] tale of God, sex, love, self-analysis and forgiveness . . . The dialogue throughout this book is brilliantly crisp."--The Philadelphia Inquirer It is the 1930s, and Charles Ashworth is dispatched by the Archbishop of Canterbury to learn the truth about the flamboyant Bishop of Starbridge, Adam Alexander Jardine, and his mousy wife. Do Jardine's outspoken denouncements of the Anglican Church's strict divorce laws have a personal motive? When he meets the cool and beautiful Lyle Christie, Mrs. Jardine's companion, Ashworth believes they do. But as he struggles to understand the strange relationships in the household, Ashworth ceases to be an innocent, objective observer. Slowly, he too is drawn into the secret drama that is being played out in the shadow of the cathedral, a drama that he could never have foreseen. Praise for Glittering Images "A terrific story . . . Glittering Images is driven by passion, emotional and spiritual, and its spiritual antagonists are brilliant characters."--San Jose Mercury News "She may well be the Anthony Trollope of the 20th century."--Andrew Greeley, The Washington Post "Bold and exciting."--Los Angeles Times

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