Love Feast


Book Description

Here is the third volume of Frederick Buechner's profound and prodigiously funny tale of Leo Bebb, con-man and preacher. Taking its title from the outrageous gatherings organized by the now-widowed Bebb in Princeton, New Jersey - combinations of religious revivals and lone-ins that soon have the authorities clamoring for the preacher's hide - Love Feast reveals Bebb as an enormously funny character who always manages to find something of value amid the wreckage of his dreams and who can teach us something deeper about ourselves. "Leo Bebb was always good company," one character says near the end of Loev Feast - and no one who has participated in this banquet of wit and wisdom will disagree.

 

Reviews

“Frederick Buechner brings the reader to his knees, sometimes in laughter, sometimes in an astonishment very close to prayer, and at the best of times in a combination of both.” – Michael Mewshaw, The New York Times Book Review

“Frederick Buechner's Love Feast is the third of his wonderful stories about Leo Bebb, the itinerant minister of the gospel...The word about Bebb is simple – he lights up every page on which he appears, making each one a joy to read and to anticipate, and of all the characters in American literature, only Hemingway’s Bill Gorton rivals him in that respect.” – Roger Sale, Hudson Review

"Buechner never has had difficulty entertaining; but he clearly has other purposes in mind, and these come through in the frequent moments of tenderness when he lets his characters hurts show.  They become vulnerable and in so doing almost, almost let the holy show through...This is neither apology nor satire.  It is comment on How Things Are...Buechner, with this trilogy, has established himself as the one who best works the genre." - Martin E. Marty, Chicago Daily News

"Frederick Buechner belongs in my parade.  He's a rare one - this writer-poet-theologian.  This is his eight novel and I am still - to quote the psalmist - drinking the wine of astonishment...This stylish and witty writer makes the faith seem more expansive and mysterious.  Reading Love Feast gives one a marvelous sense of joy in being." - Cultural Information Service

"Buechner, himself a minister, writes about matters theological with a fine satiric touch and a keen appreciation of human foibles.  His novels are exceedingly funny, but they are given great depth by Buechner's genuine affection and compassion for his characters.  That is especially true of Love Feast, in which Buechner has marvelous fun with Bebb's amiable conniving but in which he also portrays with complexity and feeling the temporarily disintegrated marriage of Bebb's daughter and son-in-law...Life is precisely what Buechner is writing about.  Beneath all the antics of Leo Bebb and those around him there is a continuing celebration of life and the interrelation of lives.  Buechner's people may at first glance seem caricatures, but their robustness is merely humanity magnified." - Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post