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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting translation of Augustine's Confessions, 5 Sep 2013
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The cover of this book describes it as "A fresh translation". In his Foreword, Martin Laird calls it " a daringly original contribution to the history of English translations of "Confessions". Benignus O'Rourke tells the story of the two boys who came to Clare Priory, asking for something of Augustine to read themselves. He and his confrere saw the need of a translation that you could put into the hands of a sixteen-year-old. This is his attempt to fill that need.
He also wanted to capture the poetic intensity of Augustine's writing. He has succeeded well.
There are many translations available today, but people who start off with the 19th century of Doctor Pusey are easily put off. I began with Frank Sheed's translation, and am still using it because it is familiar to me. Now Henry Chadwick, Maria Boulding and others are very helpful. The present translation is a worthy addition to these.
I have read this with great excitement: at times I thought I was reading the Confessions for the first time! Both the translation and the layout make the reading far from intimidating.. Fr. O'Rourke has succeeded in what he set out to do, and I am sure he will help many more than the sixteen-year-olds to enjoy St. Augustine's most famous work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Confessions, 16 Oct 2013
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First class for reading and for study. A great change from today's ideas of why we exist.But not easy to live up to.
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