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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Temptations of St. Ed & Brother S.
Reno : University of Nevada Press, ©1993
|Material Type:||Fiction, Government publication, State or province government publication|
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|Description:||305 pages ; 25 cm.|
|Series Title:||Western literature series.|
|Other Titles:||Temptations of Saint Ed and Brother S.|
Fantastical, funny, and philosophically disturbing, Frank Bergon's ambitious novel tells the story of modern seekers in today's new West. Edward St. John Arrizabalaga - a forty-nine-year-old desert visionary nicknamed "St. Ed"--Has a dream of a new monastic order for the modern world. Brother S, a young, idealistic former lumberjack from the Oregon coast, keeps the solar-powered hermitage functioning while he secretly longs for a mystical experience. Together, the two monks follow as best they can the fifteen-hundred-year-old traditions of Western monasticism. Faced with a growing clash between their own spiritual energy and the DOE, the monks undergo numerous temptations. Brother S struggles with the temptations of the flesh. St. Ed faces his greatest temptation when he recognizes the conflict between the faith that underlies a technological society and the faith that supports a spiritual community.
The longings and dilemmas of these spiritual pilgrims become our own - and all America's - as we approach the uncertainties of the next millennium. Frank Bergon's powerful novel dramatizes the inner lives of intriguing modern-day monks, contemporary Shoshone Indians, a Basque prospector, a Mexican-American BLM ranger, a DOE nuclear test site worker, a Las Vegas TV talk-show host, and numerous desert dwellers engulfed in a controversy that is a current concern for all of us today. The Temptations of St. Ed and Brother S offers a dramatic, high-spirited search for recoverable sources of spiritual energy in our nuclear age.