WYD Reading List

Special WYD wannabee-Catholic edition, part I

Patrick White claimed that all Protestant Australians wish that they’d been raised Catholic; in this, the attentive scholar will recognise the great man’s characteristic blend of overstatement and getting one back at his aunts. In honour of World Youth Day, here’s a list of recommended reading for those of us who – for whatever reason, whether it be tribal politics, family history, a taste for intellectual rigour, or simply the conviction that nothing could have been more dull than Methodist Sunday School – maintain a sentimental fondness for Catholicism, as well as the sneaking suspicion that it’s all very well for us: we didn’t have to grow up with it.

James Blish, the After Such Knowledge trilogy

G K Chesterton, The Man who Was Thursday and the Father Brown stories

Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

J-K Huysmans, The Cathedral

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

R. A. Lafferty, Arrive at Easterwine

John O’Brien, ‘Said Hanrahan’

Flannery O’Connor, Everything that Rises Must Converge

John Kennedy O’Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

Ruth Park, The Harp in the South and Poor Man’s Orange

François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

D. B. Wyndham-Lewis, François Villon – A Documented Survey


2 responses to “WYD Reading List

  1. R. A. Lafferty could be in that list. He was a fervent Catholic, and this is reflected in many of his stories and novels.

  2. He could be, he should be, and now he is.

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