Jeremy currently works for the Catechumenate Office in the Archdiocese of Sydney. Early in his life, he developed a love for books and films, being a self-professed story-addict and a lover of the ‘classics’. He studied at the University of Sydney and it was there that he had a re-conversion, discovering the ‘truth, beauty and goodness’ of the Catholic faith as well as the importance of engaging with the culture to celebrate this. He is an avid Elvis fan while also holding a fond place in his heart for Sir Cliff Richard, Neil Diamond and all things daggy — but please don’t hold that against him!
Sword of Honour defies categorization due to the grand scope of Waugh’s vision. It is possibly the most difficult to understand and unravel of all his works. In it, Waugh presents a fictionalized account of his war experiences, yet it is an experience that transcends the ordinary and reveals the extraordinary within. He expresses the bitterness, disappointment and ultimate disillusionment of these memories, yet infuses them with a new vitality through fiction, with a silent spiritual pulse informed by his own faith. An undercurrent of grace punctuates events to reveal a path to holiness and redempti...
If you have never read E.T.A. Hoffmann then you better stop what you’re doing right now; put down that glass of Benedictine DOM, leave that easel and untarnished canvas, turn off that recording of Mozart, stop reading this review and get thee to a bookery, one with culture enough to house this gem of an author within its confines. And what better place to start than with his magnum opus, his last novel and self proclaimed defining work, The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr.
After reading its blurb and being blown away by the sheer audacity of this man’s imagination, I could n...
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