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Complete & Unabridged Audio book is large style format storage boxThe dark facer of John Paul 11's papacyRead by Stephen Thorne10 CDs - Playing time 11 hours 48 minutes

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  • By Jane Pollard on 28 April 2017

    A superb book that gradually reveals a pope whose personal vision of his role denied others in the church theirs.

  • By Mr Y Patel on 26 December 2016

    Good delivery time but book was damaged. The book itself is very good read.

  • By Felix Lector on 25 September 2007

    This is an elegant, sharply intelligent account of Karol Wojtyla's pontificate, a refreshing antidote to the more official and fulsome biographies of him. The author is a respected catholic thinker and academic. He hasn't set out to shock, but to flesh out the complex personality of John Paul II and to relate him to his time- a period of great political change in central Europe and of knife-edged diplomacy and still unresolved conflict in the middle East. Cornwell has his own un-named sources for some previously unknown anecdotage, some of it startling, some amusing. Ultra-conservative catholics may find these Vatican tales a touch scandalous, but they humanise this figure of power and authority, and indeed they seem to ring true when one already knows a bit about the character of Wojtyla before he became Pope. It may be an uncompromising, "warts and all" portrait, and Cornwell is unequivocal about what he sees as the Pope's failings in, for instance, religious pluralism, but he is respectful of his achievements. He details the Pontiff's early visits to his native Poland at the days when the Solidarity movement faced up to the communist-controlled regime. At that time Wojtyla whole-heartedly encouraged the spirit of freedom in his compatriots without overtly urging a people's revolt, and though he could not claim to be the prime mover of the fall of communism, his moral leadership could not be ignored, and his oratory and diplomatic skills, as Cornwell puts it, were "perfect" for the occasion. The book is also realistic about those occasions on which John Paul II and the Holy See appeared to stumble over, or not to react swiftly enough to, controversies that engulfed the church in the late 20th century, such as the child abuse scandal in the USA involving Catholic priests. He also dispassionately analyses Wojtyla's personal viewpoint during the arguments over womens' rights, including the debate over the ordination of women, and sexual health issues such as contraception for AIDS sufferers. What might appear from its back cover quotes to be a calculatedly iconoclastic account turns out to be a thoughtful and immensely readable biography.

  • By John Randolph Marshall on 18 October 2007

    A splendid record of this good man's ups and downs. I've read many books written about John Paul II and most of them are repetitious. This one is refreshingly new. I've read all of Cornwell's books and I have yet to be disappointed.If you like pope-books, for an eye-opener, get your fingers on Lucien Gregoire's The Vatican Murders:: The Life and Death of John Paul I a newly released biog of the Polish Pope's predecessor, the 33-day Pope. We've heard too much of his mysterious death, finally, the full and only Vatican uncensored record of the life of John Paul I: his childhood, seminary days, priesthood, bishop, cardinal, pope... dead pope - biography plus true crime: Gregoire proves the conspiracy that planned the great Vatican bank scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the murder of John Paul I.

  • By Ann Gleeson on 2 July 2015

    This was a difficult book to read in that it depicted a counter portrait of John Paul II. There were bound to be difficulties as his illness progressed but I shared the admiration of many for his courage to continue in office and be an example to the Church and the world of the ability to sustain and accept suffering.Perhaps John Cornwell hoped that the 'spirit' of the Council would give the impetus for greater change and Pope John Paul put his foot firmly on the brake to prevent liturgy and theology falling to pieces. To cause such chaos was not what the Council mandated. To comment on the Pope's political initiatives would smack of temerity but it is certain that he contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall and more freedom in Poland. Catholics continue to hope that John Paul's wish that the Church 'breathe with two lungs' will come to fulfilment. Pope Francis evidently hopes for the same. Despite these criticisms I always enjoy John Cornwell's style and his courage to present a different point of view.


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