Father Joe

Father Joe

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A key comic writer of the past three decades has created his most heartfelt and hard-hitting book. Father Joe is Tony Hendraa€™s inspiring true story of finding faith, friendship, and family through the decades-long influence of a surpassingly wise Benedictine monk named Father Joseph Warrillow. Like everything human, it started with sex. In 1955, fourteen-year-old Tony found himself entangled with a married Catholic woman. In Cold War England, where Catholicism was the subject of news stories and Graham Greene bestsellers, Tony was whisked off by the womana€™s husband to see a priest and be saved. Yet what he found was a far cry from the priests hea€™d known at Catholic school, where boys were beaten with belts or set upon by dogs. Instead, he met Father Joe, a gentle, stammering, ungainly Benedictine who never used the words a€œwronga€ or a€œguilt, a€ who believed that God was in everyone and that a€œthe only sin was selfishness.a€ During the next forty years, as his life and career drastically ebbed and flowed, Tony discovered that his visits to Father Joe remained the one constant in his lifea€”the relationship that, in the most serious sense, saved it. From the fifties and his adolescent desire to join an abbey himself; to the sixties, when attending Cambridge and seeing the satire of Beyond the Fringe convinced him to change the world with laughter, not prayer; to the seventies and successful stints as an original editor of National Lampoon and a writer of Lemmings, the off-Broadway smash that introduced John Belushi and Chevy Chase; to professional disaster after co-creating the legendary English series Spitting Image; from drinking to drugs, from a failed first marriage to a successful second and the miracle of parenthooda€”the years only deepened Tonya€™s need for the wisdom of his other and more real father, creating a bond that could not be broken, even by death. A startling departure for this acclaimed satirist, Father Joe is a sincere account of how Tony Hendra learned to love. Ita€™s the story of a whole generation looking for a way back from mockery and irony, looking for its own Father Joe, and a testament to one of the most charismatic mentors in modern literature.to puzzle out why I was so bright and cheerful when I ought to be dour and penitential. ... In any case Ia#39;d borrowed a book by the great Benedictine historian Dom David Knowles from the guest room and was ... When we parted outside my house, he asked whether Ia#39;d be down for my usual Tuesday-evening instructionanbsp;...

Title:Father Joe
Author:Tony Hendra
Publisher:Random House - 2004-05-18


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