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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 St. Augustine's 'Confessions' Come to Life - At Last!, 19 July 2014
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Over the years I have several times tried to read the Confessions and always failed to get into the book, but this time I can't put it down! This translation offers the reader the chance to feel that Augustine has just written what he wants to say and it's possible to identify with his thoughts - and also like him - after years of thinking he was a cold fish with nothing interesting to say to me. Father Benignus O'Rourke has done a magnificent job! The text on the Kindle - it seems only to be available on Kindle as far as I can see - is spaced in a way which makes the reading easy on the eye and much less difficult to take in the sense of what is written. I cannot recommend this edition highly enough - especially if, like me, you have been curious as to why so many people rave over the Confessions and the very fact of it having probably never been out of print. Now I know. . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down, very accessible., 20 July 2014
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This is translated so it can be easily accessible to young adults. It's 'can't put it down read', and I don't read religious philosophy books normally. I would recommend it for school libraries and anyone who wants to find out more about st Augustine. It is very relevant for today, reassuring.
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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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