Salvation by Valerie MARTIN
Scenes from the Life of St. Francis

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews



Inspired by the fresco cycles that depict the life of St. Francis of Assisi, acclaimed author Valerie Martin tells the life of Francesco di Pietro Bernardone in a series of vividly realized “panels” of moments both crucial and ordinary. Drawing from myriad sources and moving in reverse chronological order, she begins in the dark, final days, with a suffering Francesco on the verge of death, then shows us the unwashed and innocent revolutionary, unafraid to lecture a pope on Christ’s message. We see his mystical friendship with Chiara di Offreducci, a nobleman’s daughter who turns her back on the world to join him, and finally, the frivolous young Francesco on the deserted road where his encounter with a leper leads him to an ecstatic embrace of God. Salvation is at once an illuminating glimpse into the medieval world and an original and intimate portrait of the man whose legend has resonated through the centuries.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About Valerie MARTIN

See more books from this Author
Orange Prize-winner Valerie Martin is the author of nine acclaimed adult novels, including Property and The Confessions of Edward Day. She lives in Millbrook, New York.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Salvation

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

For all that, Martin does a fine job of depicting Francis’s otherworldly qualities—as when, in one memorable episode, an errant spark sets his robe on fire and Francis refused to allow his fellow monks to put it out, murmuring, “Oh, do not harm Brother Fire.” (Later he goes naked, explaining that...

| Read Full Review of Salvation: Scenes from the Li...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Captivated by the various frescoes depicting the life of St. Francis of Assisi, Martin, a writer of fiction (Italian Fever), was inspired to create this series of word pictures about the medieval saint who has been declared patron of ecologists and animals.

| Read Full Review of Salvation: Scenes from the Li...


Terminator Salvation will burn itself onto your retinas, if it's anything like the concept art in a new book, The Art Of Terminator Salvation.

May 14 2009 | Read Full Review of Salvation: Scenes from the Li...

The Gospel Coalition

An opening chapter outlining Williams's method leads to five exegetical chapters that examine key passages in 1 Peter for the letter's presentation of divine election, gracious divine provision of salvation in Jesus, the application of that salvation via new birth, regeneration and calling, and t...

| Read Full Review of Salvation: Scenes from the Li...

Reader Rating for Salvation

An aggregated and normalized score based on 11 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review