Universal Father: A Life of Pope John Paul II

Universal Father: A Life of Pope John Paul II

by Garry O ' Connor (Author)


Karol Wojtyla's early life experiences were of intense love and intense loss: born in Poland in 1920, he was eight when his mother died, twelve when his older brother died of scarlet fever in the hospital where he worked as a doctor, and twenty when his severe but loving father died during the Nazi occupation. God and the Catholic Church were from the beginning his consolation and strength. What is new and unusual about this timely biography is the attention the author gives to the inner man.Garry O'Connor has not only investigated Karol Wojtyla's life before he became pope, his love of football, skiing and the outdoor life, his commitment to acting, his friendships with men and with women, his experiences under German then Soviet occupation, his nationalism, his early years as a priest, but has also subtly analysed the pope's own poems, plays and philosophical works as clues to what made him tick. The result is a living portrait, vivid and accessible, based on scrupulous research that dramatically tracks the personal tragedies, including the assassination attempt in 1981, and the great public confrontations on the world stage.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 18 Apr 2005

ISBN 10: 0747576475
ISBN 13: 9780747576471
Book Overview: Previous books about the pope have concentrated on his public life and achievements - this biography is concerned with explaining who the inner man was, what really made the pope tick The book is based on five years' research and will include a fascinating picture section and comprehensive notes, chronology and bibliography The author is the biographer of, among others, Peggy Ashcroft and Paul Scofield - his understanding of acting and drama is highly appropriate in an examination of this ordinary man - who was an actor in his youth - turned leader of the Catholic Church

Author Bio
Garry O'Connor is the author of highly praised lives of Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft, Paul Scofield, Alec Guinness, Sean O'Casey and William Shakespeare. He lives near Banbury with his wife and six children.