The Life of Saint Dufus
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They called him "the dumbest man ever to become a saint." But was Saint Dufus of Chatillon really just a bumbling clod, tripping and stumbling his way clumsily through life? Or was there more to this "halfwit" than met the eye? Was there, in fact, a guiding force behind his footsteps? A divine method to his madness? Now, for the first time, author Jason Childress reveals the remarkable truth about this obscure and enigmatic French monk, who rose from a life of peasantry to become the friend of kings and lords, prophets and saints, the most esteemed authors and intellectuals of his day.
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Sep 2, 2009"A Brilliant First Novel!" I have reviewed books for The Nation, The New Republic, Smithsonian, and dozens of other magazines. Few if any of those books have given me as much absolute pleasure as The Life of St. Dufus. Having said that, I have to ask myself HOW, not WHY. How could a first-book-author write such ongoing chuckles, such whimsy, such quirkiness, while at the same time smoothly satirizing the Middle Ages, the church, royalty and human foibles in general? Jason Childress has accomplished a tour de force worthy of a much older--and more experienced--writer. By his own admission, he has published few other examples of his wit and wisdom. Both qualities are in ample supply in Dufus. Mix that with moments of hilarity, and you have Sancho Panza without Don Quixote, Popeye without the spinach, and the presidency with George Bush. Childress does it all without a mean bone showing. Indeed, his style is one of gentle wonder, of bemusement at the world Saint Dufus roams... More > -- even of love aimed at those around him who mean him just the opposite. Is Dufus a Christ figure? Not with the barbed "innocence" he uses to lance the boils of organized religion! The Life of Saint Dufus, a first time book by an unknown writer, is amazingly well-written. It is not a good read; it is a splendid read. No one's time is wasted, and everyone's time is filled with humor, zany adventure, and wicked darts aimed at the pompous derrieres of Medieval Europe and the human comedy. An excellent first novel.< Less
Jul 8, 2009"Dufus is Pure Genius" If you like Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, you will loveThe Life of Saint Dufus, by Jason Childress.The Life of Saint Dufus is intriguing and funny is so manyways. It grabs a hold of you and keeps you laughing andreading all the way to the end. This book is a realmasterpiece of humorous historical fiction.
Jun 20, 2009"Hilarious and intriguing!" An hilarious, outrageous and psychotic (and I mean that in a good way!) novel! I look forward to Jason Childress' next work, which I hear is just around the corner.
Jun 10, 2009"Totally Hilarious from beginning to end" Childress is perhaps as creative as a writer can possibly be. I laughed so hard while reading The Life of St. Dufus, I nearly had an accident quite similar to the author’s in first seeing the name Dufus in an obscure bookstore visits during one of his many fascinating careers. He boasts a team of hundreds (perhaps thousands) that inspired his work before the enchanting story begins. I do believe Childress believes that Darwin has influenced his writing (perhaps an old fraternity pal), but Tori Spelling? Yeah, right! From the start of St. Dufus’ life, I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop reading. His mother giving birth to 20-some children, never knowing any of their names, leads to what could be known as the Dufus Confusion. His father, an abusive, narcoleptic fisherman, had me at “hello.” Childress’ research for the novel is extensive, and sometimes violent: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Phartimaeus of Aquitaine, ©1974... More > Maxwell House Publishing, p. 278, Crane, Frazier M., More Than Just a Guy in a Funny Hat: The Pontificate of Pope John Paul II, Excelsior Books, 2006, and Cincinnati Herald, “Man Nearly Killed by Ceramic Hippo,” June 28, 1998. It was pure selflessness that assumingly drove the author to include his own psychiatric report. Jokes aside, I truly adored this book. Jason Childress has an amazing imagination and matching wit to keep the reader laughing for days. I can’t wait to read Mediocrates!< Less
May 1, 2009"A True Jem!" I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the wacky and outrageously mirthful world of St. Dufus! I found myself laughing out loud many times while reading this truly frolicsome tale of the little monk that could! Well done Mr. Childress! Your first novel was a real delight to read and I cannot wait to read your next one.
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- Jason Childress (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- St. Dufus Press
- March 24, 2009
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.85 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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