Darling : A Spiritual Autobiography

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An award winning writer delivers a major reckoning with religion, place, and sexuality in the aftermath of 9/11
Hailed in The Washington Post as one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in America, Richard Rodriguez now considers religious violence worldwide, growing public atheism in the West, and his own mortality.
Rodriguez s stylish new memoir the first book in a decade from the Pulitzer Prize finalist moves from Jerusalem to Silicon Valley, from Moses to Liberace, from Lance Armstrong to Mother Teresa. Rodriguez is a homosexual who writes with love of the religions of the desert that exclude him. He is a passionate, unorthodox Christian who is always mindful of his relationship to Judaism and Islam because of a shared belief in the God who revealed himself within an ecology of emptiness. And at the center of this book is a consideration of women their importance to Rodriguez s spiritual formation and their centrality to the future of the desert religions.
Only a mind as elastic and refined as Rodriguez s could bind these threads together into this wonderfully complex tapestry."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 235 pages
  • 130 x 204 x 18mm | 200g
  • Penguin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143125885
  • 9780143125884
  • 1,238,470

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Praise for "Darling" "Richard Rodriguez may be the most empathic essayist in America....His sentences are reliable joys: liquid and casual, they slip in and out of philosophy and anecdote noiselessly, like people padding through an empty chapel, expecting to hear nothing more than the sound of their own passage."--Sasha Frere-Jones, "The New Yorker" "An eccentric melange of a book....Under Rodriguez' guidance...all the pieces are connected slowly until the project as a whole reveals itself. It's as if you've been wandering for miles in a desert and, suddenly, your salvation appears."--NPR.org "Among the very best essayists of his generation."--Rick Whitaker, "The Washington Post" ""Darling" links its illumination of the 'desert God' of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam...to a more personal history...but its inquiries range much further than personal experience."--Leslie Jamison, "The New York Times Book Review" "The phenomenal writing carries the day....A deeply humanistic voice."--"The Boston Globe" "[Rodriguez's] charming, associative prose is reminiscent of James Baldwin..."Darling" is a revelation."--"Financial Times" "[With a] sophisticate and compassionate vision....[Richard Rodriguez] is, quite simply, one of the finest prose stylists now writing in English."--"Shelf Awareness" "A rich tapestry, a Persian carpet of a book....The deep pleasures of ["Darling"] defy the usual capsule account."--"SF Gate" "[Rodriguez reveals] truths about our culture that are not immediately obvious but are somehow familiar....If Rodriguez's meditations are a desert, they constitute a paradoxical landscape that is simultaneously open and teeming."--"Kirkus" "Engaging and readable, this highly personal and candid discovery...will delight Rodriguez's fans."--"Library Journal "(starred review) "With compassion and profundity of vision, Rodriguez offers a compelling view of modern spirituality tha
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About Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez is the author of Hunger of Memory, Brown, and Days of Obligation. He is a fellow of New America Media. He was a long-time contributor to PBS and continues to write for Harper's Magazineand theLos Angeles Times. Helives in San Francisco."
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