At a glance:
- Author: Frederick Buechner
- First Published: 1987
- Type of Plot: Historical
- Time of Work: The sixth century
- Setting: Ireland, Wales, and the North Atlantic Ocean
- Characters: Brendan, Finn, Erc, Crosan, Colman, Ita, Brigid
- Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Voyages, Missions or missionaries, Christianity, Legends, Sailing or sailors, Explorers, Ireland or Irish people, Middle Ages, Saints or sainthood, Sixth century
- Locales: Europe, Oceans, Ireland
Although it is set in the sixth century and features many of the historical personages who gave significant impetus to the learning, building, and evangelizing that distinguished the onset of Christianity in Ireland, Brendan is less a historical novel than a meditation on the profound simplicities of the religious faith. It takes as its focus the remarkable career of Saint Brendan and through it represents the spirit of the age. The period is depicted as one in which the human mind was more liable to be overwhelmed by the proximity of God’s presence in the...
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