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Having seen the movie version many times and having read the actual book, it is now a privilege to listen to Johanna Ward's marvelous reading of "The Song of Bernadette" by Franz Werfel. She really makes the story come alive. The book itself is a wondrous telling of the story of Bernadette and "the Lady," and to hear it so masterfully read is one more way to experience its power, its beauty, its ability to touch the heart. Well done!
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How fitting that The Lady chose such a scholarly author to present to the world the great beauty and dignity of the lofty soul of an almost illiterate peasant girl. If one such as he, (Franz Werfel), and a non-Catholic to boot, could paint such a convincing picture, how could the Lady's message to the world not get through to all?
I will read this wonderfully inspiring book many, many times.
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A touching narrative masterfully crafted by Werfel. My Catholic grandfather suggested reading it - but it is a tale of the 19th century whose existential questions and moral truths ring true as much today in the 21st century as in Werfel's time after the 2nd World War. The author enjoys every word and every character... and it passes on to the reader.
I also loved listening to it rather than lugging around such a big book... I actually managed to complete reading it because of this.
It is a great story and Bernadette's character is well drawn.
It is hilarious in parts, which makes it all the more authentic to those of us who know Lourdes and its story very well.
It is not completely faithful to the documented accounts from the time of the apparitions, but Franz Werfel wrote it in gratitude to the people of Lourdes for helping him hide and escape from the Nazis. This is a novel and the author can be forgiven imperfect research.