- By Dale McGowan

Calling Bernadette's Bluff

  • Title: Calling Bernadette's Bluff
  • Author: Dale McGowan
  • ISBN: 9781401036072
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Calling Bernadette s Bluff There s only one real taboo left in st Century America and Jack Kassel s got it bad He doesn t believe in God And even that might be all right if he didn t teach at the College of Saint Bernadette

    There s only one real taboo left in 21st Century America, and Jack Kassel s got it bad He doesn t believe in God And even that might be all right if he didn t teach at the College of Saint Bernadette, but he does Nothing is important to Jack than reason, the triumph of truth over comforting fantasies, but Saint Bernie s is the land of created realities, where crit There s only one real taboo left in 21st Century America, and Jack Kassel s got it bad He doesn t believe in God And even that might be all right if he didn t teach at the College of Saint Bernadette, but he does Nothing is important to Jack than reason, the triumph of truth over comforting fantasies, but Saint Bernie s is the land of created realities, where critical thoughts go to die When his oldest partner in disbelief shows up as the campus priest, Jack edges nearer the abyss, finally plunging over when his ex wife enrolls their brilliant young son in a Lutheran school and the boy begins quoting Scripture in response to Jack s questions Back against the wall, Jack starts to come out as a non believer at what turns out to be the worst possible time as a Marian apparition turns the college into a holy pilgrimage site.Critical Acclaim for Calling Bernadette s Bluff With each turn of a page, I was struck dumb with amazement Is there no end to the talent of this handsome young man Paid celebrity endorsement I really liked the book, especially the part where he s obsessed with the whale From a ninth grade book report You ll be hearing from my attorney, you son of a bitch Christopher Perkins, not in any way the inspiration for the character Scott Siberell I smell something burning, Mr McGowan Oh look, it s your soul Reverend Lovejoy from The Simpsons, not the inspiration for the character Reverend Del

    1 thought on “Calling Bernadette's Bluff

    1. This is a wicked satire. It starts rather over the top using every literary device I've seen and then some, with puns galore. It seems to veer wildly afield, but the asides become meaningful later. There are dialogs: a play within a play within a play All the threads are eventually tied together, as you (well, I, anyway) expect from fiction. (Which expectation was sorely disappointed by Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, which I have still not been able to bring myself to review.) There's ev [...]

    2. What an unusual, unique book - both in the writing style and ultimately the subject matter. There is a lot of humor but it is also layered with multiple serious concerns both personal and religious. The final discussion between the Dean and Jack is wonderful - comparing religious belief vs. non-belief to a clinical trial.

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