NCL 2 – Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan


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Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan (New Canadian Library N2)Series One

From the Back Cover:

Morley Callaghan has always been concerned with the plight of the weak in a society that tends to compound their misfortunes. In Such Is My Beloved he tells the story of two prostitutes who are befriended by a Catholic priest, and of the tragic outcome of that young man’s single-minded attempt to redeem their lives. Many readers will agree with Jacques Maritain, who wrote: “I have been profoundly touched by the absolute sincerity of this very moving book.”


Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan (New Canadian Library N2)Series Two

From the Back Cover:

Morley Callaghan has always been concerned with the plight of the weak in a society that tends to compound their misfortunes. In Such Is My Beloved he tells the story of two prostitutes who are befriended by a Catholic priest, and of the tragic outcome of that young man’s single-minded attempt to redeem their lives. Many readers will agree with Jacques Maritain, who wrote: “I have been profoundly touched by the absolute sincerity of this very moving book.”


Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan (New Canadian Library N2) front coverSeries Three

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A moving account of the conflict between Faith, Hope, and Charity and the stark and sometimes squalid realities of city living.

One winter evening, Father Stephen Dowling is returning home from a parish visit when he is accosted by two young prostitutes. It was a mistake – they could not see his Roman collar under his scarf – but the incident becomes the first step in a damaging series of events. At first, Dowling becomes involved with the girls because he is ashamed of his own impulse to ignore them; but soon he is trying to lead them into a better way of life. Condemned by everyone – from the scandal-fearing bishop to the girls’ resentful pimp – the priest begins to fear defeat in both his private beliefs and his public mission.

In the character of Father Dowling, Callaghan examines the strengths and weaknesses of spiritual love. Strongly idealistic, and innocent of the ways of the world, Dowling’s attempt to help others is gradually transformed into the need to help himself. His final fate is both a triumph of individual altruism and a condemnation of a society where the lines between good and evil are too often blurred.


Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

One of the great novels of the 1930s, SUCH IS MY BELOVED recounts the tragic story of two down-and-out prostitutes and the young priest who aspires to redeem their lives. The novel is at once a compassionate portrait of innocence and idealism and an emphatic condemnation of a society where the lines between good and evil are essentially blurred.

A richly textured exploration of love and sacrifice, of innocence and disillusionment, SUCH IS MY BELOVED is widely considered Callaghan’s finest novel.


Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

From the Back Cover:

One of the great novels of the 1930s, Such Is My Beloved recounts the tragic story of two down-and-out prostitutes and the young priest who aspires to redeem their lives. The novel is at once a compassionate portrait of innocence and idealism and an emphatic condemnation of a society where the lines between good and evil are essentially blurred.

A richly textured exploration of love and sacrifice, of innocence and disillusionment, Such Is My Beloved is widely considered Callaghan’s finest novel.


Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

One of the great novels of the 1930s, Such Is My Beloved recounts the tragic story of two down-and-out prostitutes and the young priest who aspires to redeem their lives. Through this man’s gradual unravelling, from compassionate obsession to eventual madness, Morley Callaghan gives us a richly textured exploration of love and sacrifice, of innocence and disillusionment.

“A moving and understanding novel on a delicate theme.” – New York Times


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