The Kappillan of Malta
By (author) Nicholas Monsarrat
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Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat
Book DescriptionA classic novel set in the siege of Malta 1940-1942 from the bestselling author of The Cruel Sea Father Salvatore was a simple, lumbering priest, a Kappillan serving the poor Valetta, when war came out of the blue skies to pound the island to dust. Now amid the catacombs discovered by a chance bomb, he cared for the flood of homeless, starving, frightened people who sought shelter from the death that fell unceasingly from the sky. His story, and the story of Malta, is told in superbly graphic pictures of six days during the siege. Each of those days brought forth from the Kappillan a message of inspiration to keep them going - the legendary tales of six mighty events of Malta's history which shone through the centuries and gathered them together in a fervent belief in their survival.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780304358441
(176mm x 199mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Cassell military
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 8-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nicholas Monsarrat
Castle Garac, Paperback (May 2012)
Tom Welles thought 'what do I have to lose?' Penniless and tasked with finding a lovely nineteen year-old French blonde, who would not be missed by anyone. There were some difficulties - finding a medieval castle and also entertaining his employer's glamorous wife - but he saw it as all part of the job. Until his own life was in danger ...
Whipping Boy, Paperback (May 2012)
Ian Carrington betrays his pregnant wife, and his young brother-in-law then plans a terrible revenge. This is despite his own involvement with Ian's sister. There follows murder, blackmail and a very exciting and unexpected conclusion to this gripping tale set in a fashionable Swiss ski-resort.
Cruel Sea, Paperback (August 2009)
Based on the author's own experiences, this book presents the story of the crew of HMS Compass Rose, a corvette assigned to protect convoys in World War Two. It offers descriptions of agonizing U-boat hunts. It tells of ordinary, heroic men who had to face a brutal menace which would strike without warning from the deep.
Story of Esther Costello, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Nicholas Monsarrat
Young Esther Costello is deaf, dumb and blind. Discovered by a well-meaning American, she is whisked away for treatment, but without success. Her patron devotes her life to Esther's care, but public donations are diverted to a personal account. Then, Esther's faculties are restored, with shocking consequences.
US Kirkus Review » It's difficult to make good, fictional priests attractive or even believable. The characters who seem to engage us most are the "problem priests," cf. Graham Greene, Brian Moore. That this is so may have as much to do with the quality of the writing as with the construction of the character. At any rate, Monsarrat's novel arrives with raves from English reviewers with regard to his creation of Father Salvatore, or Dun Salv, as his devoted parishioners call him. The story is set during the siege of the British possession of Malta from June, 1940 until August, 1942. Father Salvatore, the kappillan (Maltese for priest) is the descendant of an ancient Maltese family. His mother, the Baroness Celeste Santo-Nobile reigns in aristocratic splendor despite the perils surrounding them. His brother, Benedict, lives in sophisticated style in Paris where he now entertains the Germans. Lewis, his brother-in-law, is an Italian sympathizer whose allegiance will land him in prison before the war is over. But Fr. Salvatore chooses to remain "a priest without preferment" and to this end he quotes St. Jerome: "Avoid, as you would the plague, a priest who is also a man of business." When his church is bombed he establishes his congregation in the catacombs which now serve as a 24 hour air-raid shelter. During the course of the war Fr. Salvatore is removed by his superiors because of the conduct of his "flock" in the primitive conditions of the caves and because his own role has grown too "exalted." At first he rebels against the discipline but finally accepts the chastisement and spends the following 30 years in seclusion at a nearby monastery. To his people he remains a hero. The structure of Monsarrat's novel is masterly - many subplots being carefully interwoven. But what really holds the reader's attention and admiration is the story of Malta itself which has been conquered many times in its long history. The problems and character of Father Salvatore, however, are not sufficiently complex to truly absorb us. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Nicholas Monsarrat
Nicholas Monsarrat was born in Liverpool in 1910, and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He served in World War II, first as a member of an ambulance brigade and then as a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. His lifelong love of sailing made him a capable naval officer, and he served with distinction on a series of small warships. Resigning his wartime commission in 1946, Monsarrat entered the diplomatic service. He turned to writing full time in 1959, settling on the Mediterranean island of Gozo. He died of cancer in 1979 and was buried at sea from a destroyer, off Portsmouth.
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