I’ve read a lot of novels over the years and set too many aside as forgettable amusement. But this recently republished classic by Elizabeth Goudge has earned a place on my list of 10 all-time best. I’ve gone through it twice now, the second read touching me even more deeply than the first.
The British novel, published in 1960 and set in the 1870s, is all about character and context --- the history of a small city that is rather defined by its cathedral, towering so prominently that it seems to be among the living characters. Psalm 68 might also be in that category; its presence breathes.
"I’ve read a lot of novels