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Saints and Villains is a gripping and resonant novel that confronts the painful dilemmas that beset righteous men in times of great evil, when sin and necessity seem entwined. It is historical fiction of a very high order and of startling pertinence to our time.
"A splendid novel about a splendid man." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
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By Connie on 05-28-08
a story most relevant today
At first I didn't trust the form of "novelized biography," fearing that I would leave it with misapprehended facts like a bad docudrama, but the author does a respectible job in the after word of setting the listener straight on fact vs fiction in her tale. The ficitonalized parts don't seem to depart too much farther from "facts" about the subject than a writer's interpretative voice usually does. And what a tale! I listened over a year ago, and the story is still with me and motivated me to read several of Bonhoeffer's essays.
The author did a very skillful job of conveying both the man's spiritual development and his ideas within a gripping narrative. I think the narration style is very appropriate for its subject.
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