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Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism: A Novella (edição: 2013)

de Mike Mignola (Autor)

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"From the creator of Hellboy, an illustrated novella that brings Twilight Zone originality to the written page In the aftermath of a critical World War II battle, Father Gaetano is assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San Domenico in the small, seaside Sicilian village of Tringale. The previous pastor has died and there is a shortage of clergy at the moment, so until another can be spared, the young priest must say all of the masses himself. Mass is not Father Gaetano's only responsibility, however. The war has created many orphans, and thus the San Domenico rectory has been converted into an orphanage which is also his domain. The children are a joy to him, but they have lost so much, and many have begun to question their faith and their God, and his attempts to teach them catechism are in vain. until he finds an old puppet theatre and an ornate box of puppets in the basement. Handcrafted by the building's former caretaker, now absent, the puppets seem the perfect tool to get the children to pay attention to their lessons. But after dark the puppets emerge from that ornate box, without their strings. While the children have been questioning their faith, the puppets believe Father Gaetano's Bible stories completely. But there is such a thing as too much faith. And the children's lives will never be the same again"--"In the aftermath of a critical World War II battle, Father Gaetano is assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San Domenico in the small, seaside Sicilian village of Tringale. The previous pastor has died and there is a shortage of clergy at the moment, so until another can be spared, the young priest must say all of the masses himself. Mass is not Father Gaetano's only responsibility, however. The war has created many orphans, and thus the San Domenico rectory has been converted into an orphanage which is also his domain. The children are a joy to him, but they have lost so much, and many have begun to question their faith and their God, and his attempts to teach them catechism are in vain . . . until he finds an old puppet theatre and an ornate box of puppets in the basement. Handcrafted by the building's former caretaker, now absent, the puppets seem the perfect tool to get the children to pay attention to their lessons. But after dark the puppets emerge from that ornate box, without their strings. While the children have been questioning their faith, the puppets believe Father Gaetano's Bible stories completely. But there is such a thing as too much faith. And the children's lives will never be the same again. "--… (mais)
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Título:Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism: A Novella
Autores:Mike Mignola (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Griffin (2013), Edition: Reprint, 176 pages
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Stunning: a book I will gift to people and re-read, especially around Halloween. Simple horror that's not gory or sexist, and it didn't make me afraid of my own dog/car/basement/phone. Pure evil--where else?--in an obscure little religious community. Great storytelling. ( )
  LaurelPoe | Dec 25, 2017 |
A nifty little fable, but there doesn't seem to be much there there. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Aug 18, 2015 |
Originally posted at FanLit. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/father-gaetanos-puppet-catechism/

There is just no way I can resist reading a novella called Father Gaetano??s Puppet Catechism, especially when itƒ??s written by the guy who created Hellboy. As I expected, I was rewarded with just over 4 hours of constant audio entertainment.

The young priest Father Gaetano has just been assigned to a church in Sicily that has taken in children who were orphaned during World War II. The nuns love the children and are doing the best they can, but they are happy to have Father Gaetanoƒ??s help with the teaching. In the aftermath of war, most of the children have lost their families and theyƒ??re dealing with the most difficult of all theological questions: How can God let bad things happen to good people? Father Gaetano admires the children for not being willing to settle for such platitudes as ƒ??God still loves youƒ? or ƒ??itƒ??s all in Godƒ??s planƒ? and he looks forward to teaching such inquisitive minds. But how can he teach these precious children the deep truths of God in a way they can understand?

When he finds a box of beautifully-crafted puppets and a puppet theater in the basement, Father Gaetano decides to use these tools to teach his lessons. He and one of the boys work hard to paint and dress the puppets for their roles. The puppets are a big hit with most of the kids, though thereƒ??s one boy who is afraid of them. It turns out that he has a reason to be; the puppets come alive at night. They sneak into one of the boysƒ?? rooms and play out the roles that Father Gaetano gave them during the day. The priest and the nuns, of course, donƒ??t realize whatƒ??s going onƒ?? Not until Father Gaetano, in his quest to make the children understand why bad things happen, decides to teach the children about the origin of sin. For this lesson, therefore, he creates a Lucifer puppetƒ?? Uh-ohƒ??.

I thoroughly enjoyed Father Gaetanoƒ??s Puppet Catechism. Itƒ??s well-written and exciting, the characters are developed quickly and sufficiently, the story manages to be both sweet and delightfully creepy. I particularly appreciated the beautiful portrayal of the nunsƒ?? and the priestƒ??s self-sacrificial love for orphans ƒ?? this is what real Christianity is supposed to look like. I loved how Father Gaetano didnƒ??t dismiss, but rather respected, the childrenƒ??s questions. I loved the way the story abruptly switched tone and became suddenly very dark. I wonƒ??t tell you what happens, but it was a great ending!

I listened to Brilliance Audioƒ??s version read by Nick Podehl. Podehl has a great voice, but his pacing isnƒ??t perfect. He has a way of drawing out or emphasizing words in a slightly unnatural way, but this is more noticeable than distracting. I sped up the playback slightly and didnƒ??t notice it after a while. I wouldnƒ??t hesitate to recommend the audio version, but you should also know that the print version of Father Gaetanoƒ??s Puppet Catechism has a few black and white illustrations by Mike Mignola. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Loved it. Won on a Goodreads giveaway and very delightfully surprised at how enjoyable it was. I'm guessing most people would know the authors right away as the ones who did Hellboy and other popular comics but since I've never been a fan of that genre, I went in without any preconceptions. You know from the beginning (especially if you've read the back cover) what the basic story is, and there's really no surprises to it: a priest, some nuns, some orphans, and a box of puppets - only so many directions to go from there. The pleasure was in the telling. Very well written and the characters are actual and believable three-dimensional figures with color and life given to them that really fills out the story, and the same goes for the puppets. The story itself is not terribly frightening but enough tension builds to still keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. A very good pre-Halloween read. ( )
  cjyurkanin | May 22, 2013 |
As always, this was a book that I received for free in the mail because I clicked a button. Presumably on GoodReads.

Mignola submits for your approval, a tale of a young boy... yeah, enough Serling. The back of the book touts this one as very Twilight Zone and it is fundamentally a blend of "The Dummy" and "The Invaders". There's not really much that's terribly original about this book but it is wonderfully executed. Set in war-torn Sicily during the second world war, the whole thing comes across as very real and very moving. This could be the seed of a much protracted full-length novel but in its current form it only really gives a hint of its own potential. The text makes for an entertaining three hours. ( )
  slavenrm | Apr 14, 2013 |
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For my son, Daniel, who is nobody's puppet.
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For Carlo Collodi (Carlos Lorenzi, 1826-1890), who forever altered my idea of what puppets can (and should) be.
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"From the creator of Hellboy, an illustrated novella that brings Twilight Zone originality to the written page In the aftermath of a critical World War II battle, Father Gaetano is assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San Domenico in the small, seaside Sicilian village of Tringale. The previous pastor has died and there is a shortage of clergy at the moment, so until another can be spared, the young priest must say all of the masses himself. Mass is not Father Gaetano's only responsibility, however. The war has created many orphans, and thus the San Domenico rectory has been converted into an orphanage which is also his domain. The children are a joy to him, but they have lost so much, and many have begun to question their faith and their God, and his attempts to teach them catechism are in vain. until he finds an old puppet theatre and an ornate box of puppets in the basement. Handcrafted by the building's former caretaker, now absent, the puppets seem the perfect tool to get the children to pay attention to their lessons. But after dark the puppets emerge from that ornate box, without their strings. While the children have been questioning their faith, the puppets believe Father Gaetano's Bible stories completely. But there is such a thing as too much faith. And the children's lives will never be the same again"--"In the aftermath of a critical World War II battle, Father Gaetano is assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San Domenico in the small, seaside Sicilian village of Tringale. The previous pastor has died and there is a shortage of clergy at the moment, so until another can be spared, the young priest must say all of the masses himself. Mass is not Father Gaetano's only responsibility, however. The war has created many orphans, and thus the San Domenico rectory has been converted into an orphanage which is also his domain. The children are a joy to him, but they have lost so much, and many have begun to question their faith and their God, and his attempts to teach them catechism are in vain . . . until he finds an old puppet theatre and an ornate box of puppets in the basement. Handcrafted by the building's former caretaker, now absent, the puppets seem the perfect tool to get the children to pay attention to their lessons. But after dark the puppets emerge from that ornate box, without their strings. While the children have been questioning their faith, the puppets believe Father Gaetano's Bible stories completely. But there is such a thing as too much faith. And the children's lives will never be the same again. "--

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