Anthony McCarten rose to fame with his nonfiction book Darkest Hour which ot Gary Oldman an Oscar after he transformed himself into a Victorian Englishman and with his screenplay The Theory of Everything which nearly offered the same accolade to Eddie Redmayne McCarten is clearly a kingmaker and in this book The Pope Francis Benedict and the decision that shook the world he tackles one of the world s I Was A Stranger grandest institutions the Catholic Church At heart this book is a comparative study between the two Popes Francis and Benedict two very different men with somewhat similar backgrounds This background includes a close proximity with dictatorshipauthoritarian regimesfascism and violence For Joseph Ratzinger it meant a childhood and youth spent in Nazi Germany forceful enlisting in the interesting book highlighting the lifes of the two popes Francis and Benedict where for the first time since 15th century there was 2 living popes I picked up this book because I saw the preview for the Netflix film and I wanted toet the story While the sections on the conclaves from 2005 and 2013 were ood the rest of the book was meh and it didn t really provide anything new that wasn t already known from articles documentaries etc To that extent it s not really meant to be a history like a review of all of the articles and documentaries produced to this moment But to be fair I also said the same about McCarten s From the Academy Award nominated screenwriter of The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour comes the fascinating and revealing tale of an unprecedented transfer of power and of two very different men who both happen to live in the Vatican SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING ANTHONY HOPKINS AND JONATHAN PRYCE In February 2013 the arch conservative Pope Benedict XVI made a startling announcement he would resign making him the first pope to willingly vacate his office in over 700 years Reeling from the news the College of Cardinals rushed to Rome to.
A historical account I have found a number of inconsistencies that make me affirm that it is in fact a historical novel albeit current history There are numerous footnotes which also ive the appearance of being a critical narrative However many of McCarten s sources are encyclopedia entries or interviews in the popular press Many of these kinds of sources are actually deeply antagonistic to Bergoglio andor Ratzinger and there is little in the way of sources to counter that antagonism Having said this I recommend the book It is a The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States good novel well written and understood as literature it raises many important and legitimate uestions that I as a member of the Church feel we need to continually ask ourselves Thanks Anthony McCarten Well done 45Vatican in the news and me reading this book Such a cool coincidence Anthony McCarten s play The Pope which is the basis for the film The Two Popes feels very much like a rough draft for his eventual screenplay While the film and McCarten s screenplay would ultimately make this story about Pope Benedict and Pope Francis it s strange to me how much McCarten s play introduces all sorts of superfluous characters most of whom are almost non existent in the original film I think after writing the play McCarten must ve realized that he could make this story simpler when it s almost entirely about those two popesI do admire the simplicity of this play though only two. Erything both be right Having immersed himself in these men's lives to write the screenplay for the upcoming motion picture The Pope Anthony McCarten masterfully weaves their stories into oneripping narrative From Benedict and Francis's formative experiences in war torn Germany and Argentina to the sexual abuse scandal that continues to rock the Church to its foundations to the intrigue and the occasional comedy of life in the Vatican The Pope litters with the darker and the lighter details of one of the world's most opaue but significant institution.
Ook Darkest Hour Excellent history on these two men Benedict and Francis The backgrounds of both of these men surprised me The author did an excellent job of comparing and contrasting them As well he explains some of the decisions made by both A clearly written history that leads us to where we are in the church today Glad I read this The Two Popes written by Anthony McCartenNine out of 10Pope Francis has just been in the news and not for some challenge to the conservative establishment and doctrine of one of the oldest institutions in the world representing a community which is larger than one billion although they talk in this very ood movie about the loss of men and women who abandon the Catholic church in the Western wo Not everyone s choice I feel but I had a personal interest and found it a worthwhile read I am not Catholic but I was swept up in the story of these two popes McCarten does a wonderful job telling intermingling their histories as well as the history of the church He respectfully satisfies the curiosity one has for the secret Vatican traditions and then catapults the reader into the meat of this event what came before to cause it and the impact it has had and is still having on the world This is a story I honestly didn t think I cared about but has become one of my most moving reads of the year Author Anthony McCarten is listed as a novelist and while this book looks like. Congregate in the Sistine Chapel to pick his successor Their unlikely choice Francis the first non European pope in 1200 years a one time tango club bouncer a passionate soccer fan a man with the common touchWhy did Benedict walk away at the height of power knowing his successor might be someone whose views might undo his legacy How did Francis who used to ride the bus to work back in his native Buenos Aires adjust to life as leader to a billion followers If as the Church teaches the pope is infallible how can two living popes who disagree on almost ev.
Anthony McCarten’s debut novel Spinners won international acclaim and was followed by The English Harem and the award winning Death of a Superhero and Show of Hands all four books being translated into fourteen languages McCarten has also written twelve stage plays including the worldwide success Ladies’ Night which won France’s Molière Prize the Meilleure Pièce Comiue in 2001 and Via