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Pope Caesar's Wake by Joe M. Ruggier
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In this fascinating collection of letters exchanged by Joe M. Ruggier and John Paul II between the Pope's assassination attempt in 1981 and his passing in 2005, Ruggier quips that he often "prefers to say 'I hate you!', like a little child!". We invite you to explore this author's unique love-hate relationship with a great man of such profound honour as John Paul. Enjoy the wit of Ruggier's humorous revenge on the Church which always concludes with a joyous, dignified twinkle however bitter the author's reasons were for sparring. Enjoy also the brief offerings of real, original poetry with which the author punctuates these letters-poems which, as it were, 'emerge out of the writing'. Discover how the author gracefully winds up all contentious topics with the mutual save of face between himself and his distinguished correspondent which brings these letters to their gracious conclusion. Knowledgeable readers of these letters from the author's own private circle have observed that many of his expressions in this collection are 'so beautiful, they fly'. Rooted in a lifelong neurosis, the author's inspired satire of Church-related issues finds glorious precedent in both Dante's poetry and the mystical theology of John of the Cross. It needs to be emphasised that the author does not hate Popes, least of all the great John Paul-but loves all genuine artists: this, perhaps, is the only reason he felt justified in releasing this controversial collection, which defends the honour of artists great and small.
Release date NZ
September 30th, 2005
Edited by Michael Burch
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Multicultural Books
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