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Why didn't anybody tell me?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Aug 30, 2004

How did I get this far in life without ever having read Come Rack, Come Rope, by Robert Hugh Benson?

And why is such a great novel so hard to find?

The good news, I suppose, is that since nobody sat me down with the when I was a teenager, I've had an unexpected delight in middle age.

For reasons unknown to me, most American high-school students are required to read Catcher in the Rye. If you think it's important to make teenagers more self-absorbed, that's just the ticket. But if you want them to read a riveting account of the English martyrs-- and see what kind of ideas that puts in their heads-- try this:

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 30, 2004 1:22 PM ET USA

    Great book, but this is not the original edition!!, September 16, 2002 Reviewer: "stoogeswoman" (Los Angeles, CA United States) - See all my reviews The original novel merits 5 stars; however, I did not realize till after I bought it that this is an ABRIDGED version of the classic novel by Robert Hugh Benson! For what it is, it's good, but the well-meaning editor cut out a lot of the stuff that I really liked in the original (like when they went undercover into the court of Queen Elizabeth). So three stars for this INCOMPLETE version of the classic -- you'll probably have to go to a used bookstore to get the "real thing".

  • Posted by: - Aug. 30, 2004 12:54 PM ET USA

    Thanks for the tip. Hope you will continue to pass the word whenever you come upon these gems.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 30, 2004 11:13 AM ET USA

    Thanks, Phil. That noble army, the English Martyrs, is not nearly well enough known. Perhaps now a few more will become aware of their heroic witness. Might even inspire some of our sleepy bishops to take a serioous stand for Christian morality. Our Lord will reward the few who have done so. The Amchurch, Democrats first, Catholics last, surely will continue to persecute them.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 30, 2004 9:52 AM ET USA

    Re: How did I get this far in life without ever having read Come Rack, Come Rope, by Robert Hugh Benson? It's because you weren't homeschooled. :~) You aren't likely to find books like this in today's school library - but you will find it in a good many Catholic homeschool libraries.

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