Loss and Gain

Loss and Gain John Henry Newman one of the greatest religious figures of the nineteenth century also had a successful career as a gifted novelist Loss and Gain his first novel tells the story of a young man s s

  • Title: Loss and Gain
  • Author: John Henry Newman
  • ISBN: 9780192816870
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Henry Newman, one of the greatest religious figures of the nineteenth century, also had a successful career as a gifted novelist Loss and Gain, his first novel, tells the story of a young man s search for faith in early Victorian Oxford This edition is the first one to appear in eighty years.

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    About “John Henry Newman

    • John Henry Newman

      Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman was an important figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century He was known nationally by the mid 1830s.Originally an evangelical Oxford University academic and priest in the Church of England, Newman then became drawn to the high church tradition of Anglicanism He became known as a leader of, and an able polemicist for, the Oxford Movement, an influential and controversial grouping of Anglicans who wished to return to the Church of England many Catholic beliefs and liturgical rituals from before the English Reformation In this the movement had some success However, in 1845 Newman, joined by some but not all of his followers, left the Church of England and his teaching post at Oxford University and was received into the Catholic Church He was quickly ordained as a priest and continued as an influential religious leader, based in Birmingham In 1879, he was created a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII in recognition of his services to the cause of the Catholic Church in England He was instrumental in the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland, which evolved into University College Dublin, today the largest university in Ireland.Newman s beatification was officially proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 September 2010 during his visit to the United Kingdom His canonisation is dependent on the documentation of additional miracles attributed to his intercession.Newman was also a literary figure of note his major writings including the Tracts for the Times 1833 1841 , his autobiography Apologia Pro Vita Sua 1865 66 , the Grammar of Assent 1870 , and the poem The Dream of Gerontius 1865 , 6 which was set to music in 1900 by Edward Elgar He wrote the popular hymns Lead, Kindly Light and Praise to the Holiest in the Height taken from Gerontius.

    860 thoughts on “Loss and Gain

    • A fictional account of an Oxford student who converts to Catholicism. There's a reason Newman is not really remembered as a novelist--the characterization is pretty thin--but it's readable, occasionally funny, and as a window into the time, very engaging.I turned to after finishing it and discovered that not only was it the first thing Newman wrote after his own conversion, it was in response to the novel From Oxford to Rome: And how it fared with some who lately made the journey by Elizabeth F [...]


    • Maybe I'm weird, but I really enjoyed this book. I like Newman a lot and it didn't bother me that the 'plot' was thin. It just made the debate more interesting that it was framed by a story.


    • In his "Inside the Whale," Orwell complains that there are no good Catholic novelists. I racked my brain for Catholic novelists who could refute this claim. Part of my failure to come up with one stems from my own ignorance--I have not read anything by Graham Greene or Evelyn Waugh. Also, the novel is such a particularly English institution that Henry VIII might be to blame for the dearth of Catholic novelists until the 20th Century.Additionally, there's the fact that the novel is overrated as a [...]


    • Curious I should come across this particular book in the library now that I'm a student in the UK. I first heard of Newman through Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man . When I saw the book I remembered Stephen declared Newman the best prose writer and I could not but read it myself. I confess I do not agree with him for I even prefer Joyce many times over. However thematics wise I could ask for little more. I'm always terribly impressed by the sagacity of this well read and knowledge [...]


    • Newman is an excellent controversialist, but there is perhaps a reason he is not primarily remembered for his novels. The book is interesting for its insights into the mind of a convert - something Newman is well qualified to write upon, and as a piece of controversy literature in a narrative setting, the book is excellent. But considered as a novel, it is not.It may be argued that e.g. Plato's dialogues are hardly great novels either. That is true, but had Newman written this book as more clear [...]


    • Mostly interesting as a historical curiosity. This novel was written by Blessed John Henry Newman following his conversion to the Catholic Faith. Newman was a solid theologian and thinker, but not a very good novelist. The characters do little more than voice a variety of theological opinion, a good many chapters are rather superfluous to the proceedings and any actual dramatic tension that may have fueled the narrative is drowned in interminable debate. Not advised unless one is particularly in [...]


    • A Catholic conversion novel, this book isn't something I would've picked up on my own. But, as it was first on the schedule for the Brit Lit required reading, I found myself slogging through more pages than I would've like to find out when and how, exactly, Charles Reding chooses the Catholic faith. This is no page-turner, more a "novel of ideas," but it contains important, valuable points if you're willing to look for them.


    • Es la novela escrita por Newman sobre su propia conversión, aunque con personajes diferentes, para no ofender a nadie. Completa maravillosamente la Apologia pro vita sua y nos permite conocer los sentimientos, sufrimientos y dificultades de su autor, y no sólo su evolución intelectual.Muy entretenida, pero hace falta tener ciertos conocimientos de la historia inglesa del período y de teología.


    • No. I'm not actually reading this in Spanish! I've tried to change it two times, but isn't cooperating! I'm realy liking this book. I wonder why the ratings aren't better?? Maybe people were expecting a plot?! It is more like an apologetics conversation, back and forth. I can see Newman's own inner conversion dialog. I can relate.



    • Quite good, almost lyrical in places. It's not really a novel, per se, more a bunch of semi-dramatized theologico-philosophical dialogues and set pieces, but bits of it are very heartfelt and affecting.Newman is always worth your time, even when not at his best.


    • No era un gran novelista, pero el interés del libro estriba en su explicación del fenómeno de la conversión del anglicanismo al catolicismo en una sociedad victoriana. Ayuda a bucear en su propia alma, y complementa de alguna forma su Apologia pro vita sua.


    • Newman is most definitely not a novelist. I enjoyed this insofar as it made Apologia Pro Vita Sua more intelligible to me and it was an interesting look into the various "parties" (my goodness, so many discussions about parties) during the Oxford Movement's ascendency.



    • Excellent, novelised overview of the Church of England in the mid-nineteenth century. A very entertaining read and has much to say to us today, yes, very much.


    • As a novel, this book ist much of a novel. However, it is interesting for the theological dialogues and its inside look at the 19th c. Oxford Movement.


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