Faculty Reading Group 2014
Spring 2014 Faculty Reading Group
In The Shrine at Altamira (1992) the novelist John L’Heureux accomplishes the integration of his greatest literary art with his most profound theological drama. Employing a Catholic imagination to explore themes found in the great Greek tragedies, he plumbs the spiritual depths of literature. Just how difficult and deep the journey will be is forewarned in the novel’s prologue: “This will be terrible; do not deceive yourself. We hear stories like this on television but we do not look, and when they turn up in newspapers, we glance away, because we know there are crazy people and people who are mad with love, but we refuse to know any more than that.” With a realist’s precision, L’Heureux portrays the inner mechanisms of two dysfunctional families—the alcoholism, the unstable personalities, the family violence—rushing to their inevitable, horrific ruin.
A story of love and hatred, betrayal and revenge, purification and forgiveness, The Shrine at Altamira echoes the imaginative world of Flannery O’Connor, offering the reader a disturbing tale that calls into questions all our ideas about the human condition of modern life.
Faculty Reading Groups Meet at:
Loyola University Chicago
The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the
Catholic Intellectual Heritage
Cuneo Hall, Room 425
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660
Faculty Reading Group A: Monday, February 10, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Faculty REading Group B: Tuesday, February 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Faculty Reading Group A: Monday, February 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Faculty REading Group B: Tuesday, February 25, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Please, sign-up by January 27 by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 773 508 3820
Text, refreshments, and meeting space will be provided by CCIH.