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by Susan Howatch

eBook Glittering Images download ISBN: 000649689X
Author: Susan Howatch
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd (March 31, 1996)
Language: English
Pages: 512
ePub: 1794 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

In Glittering Images tension and drama combine in a compelling novel of people in high places, of desperate longings and the failure to resist them, of lies and evasions, of tarnished realities behind brilliant glittering images.

In Glittering Images tension and drama combine in a compelling novel of people in high places, of desperate longings and the failure to resist them, of lies and evasions, of tarnished realities behind brilliant glittering images. One fee. Stacks of books. Read whenever, wherever. Your phone is always with you, so your books are too – even when you’re offline.

My mother turned me on to Susan Howatch's books

Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). My mother turned me on to Susan Howatch's books. When she told me they were religious, I was sceptical, but after much prodding I decided to give GLITTERING IMAGES a try. Now, I'm a complete Howatch fanatic! Her books are a scintilating blend of steamy passion, thought-provoking spirituality, and intricate, suspenseful plots.

Glittering Images book. The first in Susan Howatch's acclaimed novels centering on the glorious Cathedral of Starbridge, Glittering Images is a masterful depiction of spiritual hubris, the seductions of power, and the moral dilemmas of England between the wars.

We won’t call this a fantasy because you evidently find that word hurtful, so we’ll just say that you were experiencing certain difficulties in your private life and when you met me I seemed in some. mysterious way to provide you with a solution. Obviously you liked the idea – which that old fool Lang had put into your head – that I was an eminent churchman who led a double life. No, that’s an understatement. You didn’t just like the idea – you were enrapt by it.

Susan Howatch FKC (born 14 July 1940) is an author. Her writing career has been distinguished by family saga-type novels which describe the lives of related characters for long periods of time. Her later books have also become known for their religious and philosophical themes. Born Susan Elizabeth Sturt in Leatherhead, Surrey, England, she was the daughter of a stockbroker, and went to school at Sutton High School

The dialogue throughout this book is brilliantly crisp. Susan Howatch was born in Surrey

The dialogue throughout this book is brilliantly crisp. The Philadelphia InquirerIt is the 1930s, and Charles Ashworth is dispatched by the Archbishop of Canterbury to learn the truth about the flamboyant Bishop of Starbridge, Adam Alexander Jardine, and his mousy wife. Glittering Images is driven by passion, emotional and spiritual, and its spiritual antagonists are brilliant characters. San Jose Mercury News. Susan Howatch was born in Surrey. After getting a degree in law, she emigrated to America, where she married, had a daughter, and embarked on a career as a writer.

Glittering Images: A Novel. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, The first in Susan Howatch's acclaimed novels centering on the glorious Cathedral of Starbridge, Glittering Images is a masterful depiction of spiritual hubris, the seductions of power, and the moral dilemmas of England between the wars. Passionately eloquent. tale of God, sex, love, self-analysis and forgiveness. The dialogue throughout this book is brilliantly crisp. The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Reissue of the author's most famous and well-loved work, the Starbridge series, six self-contained yet interconnected novels that explore the history of the Church of England through the 20th century. Beneath the smooth surface of an Episcopal palace lurks the salacious breath of scandal. Charles Ashworth is sent to untangle the web of self-delusion and corruption only to become embroiled in a strange menage a trois that threatens to expose the secrets of his own past! In Glittering Images tension and drama combine in a compelling novel of people in high places, of desperate longings and the failure to resist them, of lies and evasions, of tarnished realities behind brilliant glittering images.
Comments: (7)
Nayatol
This book take you on an amazing journey into the "secret life" of clergymen, particularly those of the Church of England. Somewhat based on actual clergymen in the early 1900s, it peels back layers of the outwardly displayed 'glittering images' to reveal the brokenness and waywardness of those behind the facade. However, the revelation is not done with a judgmental spirit, but in a spirit of grace, recognizing that all of us live with our own 'glittering images' which need to be dealt with in order to live an honest and transparent life. The story is a story of spiritual transformation and leaves the reader wanting to step into this journey for themselves. It clearly shows the need for an integrative approach by the church, by spiritual mentors, by the Word of God, and most powerfully, by the Holy Spirit. Howatch was able to make this journey as exciting as any journey to a foreign country. I recommend this book for those who are either traveling this path today, or considering whether to step our of their 'protective coverings' and begin a process of transformation.
Wohald
This is the first Susan Howatch novel I've read in many years. Back in my twenties, she was one of my favorite writers. No one can do Gothic romance family sagas like Howatch! The story suffers early on from the "talking heads" style of writing, but soon becomes a gripping tale of hero Charles Ashworth's struggle to leave behind the false persona (the "glittering image") he shows the world and lead an authentic life while remaining a devoted cleric. An early dream sequence, Charles' first encounter with his biological father, and his attempts to relate to his parents as his authentic self are all memorable scenes. After suffering a breakdown, Charles puts himself in the capable hands of Jonathan Darrow, a charismatic monk and brilliant psychoanalyst who restores him to sanity and faith by systematically dismantling his worldly facade. I've yawned my way through many of today's "bestsellers" but I couldn't wait to crawl under the covers each night with this first novel in Howatch's Starbridge series. As soon as I turned the last page, I bought the second book in the series, Glamorous Powers, whose hero is none other than Jonathan Darrow.
Lynnak
This is the first of Howatch's works for me, and I enjoyed it very much. I would have liked more physical descriptions (of the cathdral, of the characters) and less psychology (read it to find out what I'm talking about here), but the author obvoiously bring s a wealth of knowledge to the table. I'll be reading more of this series.

PROS: readable prose; believable characters; good pacing; escalating tension; original voice

CONS: a LOT of theology and psychology (both of which are accuarate—I have an undergrad in psychology and a masters from a fine seminary and accuracy in these things is impoartant to me)—which might very well turn off someone less inclined to thinking about God and His ways, and humankind and its foibles; I think it could have used a tough edit to pare some of the more cerebral passages involving the protagonist's "mystery behind the mystery"

Recommended for those who enjoy high-quality fiction, but with a fairly cerebral bent, and who prefer their clergy to be very human.
hardy
Susan Howatch has been referred to as the modern heir to Trollope for her psychologically astute portraits of English life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and most especially for her nine books set in the Church of England in the twentieth century of which this, Glittering Images, is the opening novel. Don't be dismayed or put off by the idea of thousands of pages to be spent with clergymen and their compatriots in the mid-twentieth century as Howatch writes wonderfully human characters and has a tendency toward the melodramatic and her books always move at a good pace. Howatch is also known for her shifting first person narratives and she does the same here but in the six Starbridge novels the viewpoint shifts from book to book rather than chapter to chapter.

Charles Ashworth, clergyman, widower and professor of divinity has managed to comvince himself that his glittering image is his true self, but he is quietly desperate when he receives a commission from the archbishop of Canterbury to spy out the lay of the land on the Bishop of Starbridge, a charismatic leader with an unusual private life. This commission is the catalyst for Charles Ashworth to find himself through the bitter medicine of a nervous breakdown. The other characters in the book are revealed in minute detail as well.

All of the Starbridge novels are good, but Glittering Images is among the best of the series. It is the perfect balance between character portrait and melodrama and the plot and the revelation of the central mysteries are masterfully done. Howatch's Church of England novels encompass the six novels of the Starbridge Series, beginning with Glittering Images and the trilogy of the St. Benet's novels. All are among my favorite books and I cannot recommend them highly enough to readers of sagas, historical fiction and melodrama.
Silverbrew
At first I found the narrative somewhat boring until realizing the narrator's insidious character: was he a "good" guy or an evil man set on destroying another for his own promotion? Suddenly the entire novel becomes fascinating as the narrator confronts this question himself. Fascinating glimpse into mankind's complex, inchoate psyche; the author has a deep understanding of the spiritual and psychological labyrinths of human souls.
Siratius
Couldn't finish it. A little over 100 pages in and the pacing was just too slow for me. I did however, find myself looking up historical references to Catholicism and COE based on several references in those first 100 pages. The author must have done an incredible amount of preliminary research for the novel. The book was well written, including the dialogue. It was simply too slow for me, YMMV.