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The best of the bunch, but needs a good editor
on 4 August 2013
I will start by saying that the journalistic quality of this book means it deserves 5 starts, especially as it provides an in-depth view of Jorge Mario Berregoglio (Pope Francis) and his transformation from a conservative Catholic, anti-Liberation Theology, to one who championed the poor. Given how quickly the text was published after Berregoglio's election as Pope, it is surprising how good the book actually is (well researched, though with a few errors, according to The Tablet*, who believe this to be the best biography available in English.) Other than the editing (see below) my only complaint about the book is the sudden change that takes place in the text when discussing how Berregoglio went from being a conservative/ anti-liberation theologian to one who believed in a 'option for the poor'. Whilst the shift is explained within the text, the text itself almost seemed to make a lurch in direction and emphasis.
However, I have removed 2 stars from my review because it has not been edited properly, meaning that there are a number of repetitions within the text, spelling errors and an unnecessarily long post-script which doesn't add much to the text. This lets the book down and thus its rating has been reduced.
* Published Friday 2 August.