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The Final Beast

(1965)
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Dust jacket notes: "One of Frederick Buechner's finest books, yet long unavailable, The Final Beast is a compellingly readable, thought-provoking novel that blends humor an tragedy, perception and compassion, in a deeply satisfying and rewarding way. With characteristic eloquence and insight, Buechner explores the problem of suffering and evil in the world and the issues of faith and doubt to which it gives rise. In The Final Beast, Buechner has created a number of warmly sympathetic and memorable characters: Theodore Nicolet, a recently widowed young minister facing crises of belief and identity; Irma Reinwasser, his housekeeper, a Holocaust survivor who cares for Nicolet's two young daughters and whose attempt to save him nearly destroys his career; the unconventional lovers Clem and Rooney Vail, who have everything but the child they desperately want and who, on the verge of losing each other, find themselves; the mystical yet earthy Lillian Flagg, who unlocks in Nicolet the power to come to terms with himself; newspaperman William Poteat, whose private motives for revenge begin a sequence of events leading to tragic violence. The Final Beast explores, in the Buechner tradition, themes of love (human and divine), sin, forgiveness, and coming to terms with death and the past. It also celebrates the grace that impels us to 'believe in miracles...in life...in the power to heal.' As the stories of the various characters move to their separate and collective resolutions, the reader shares in the sometimes painful journey to discover the sufficiency of the present and fullness of being where 'joy splashes like a fountain and spills out over the sides.' It is an odyssey through experience to understanding. Once begun, The Final Beast is difficult to set down; once read, it is unlikely to be forgotten."

    

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Hardback Editions

August 1982 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Final Beast
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-06-061159-6 / 978-0-06-061159-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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May 1965 : UK Hardback
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Title: Final Beast
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-7011-0594-1 / 978-0-7011-0594-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

June 1995 : USA Paperback

Title: Final Beast
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-06-061142-1 / 978-0-06-061142-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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1969 : UK Paperback
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Title: The final beast
Author(s): Frederick Buechner
ISBN: 0-586-02864-1 / 978-0-586-02864-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Panther
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