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In A Stay Against Confusion, his first essay collection, Hansen mines the connections between faith and fiction even .

In A Stay Against Confusion, his first essay collection, Hansen mines the connections between faith and fiction even more explicitly and offers fans of his novels the rare opportunity to learn how he has integrated his artistic and religious passions. Hansen, who is Catholic, writes that his love of stories has been inseparable from his love of liturgy since boyhood. Finally, the three initial essays, "Writing as Sacrament", "Faith and Fiction" and "What Stories Are and Why We Read Them" are solid though undistinctive mediations on faith and fiction.

Ron Hansen in his collection of essays Stay Against Confusion, published in 2001, accomplishes in his use of prose what John James Audubon accomplished with his use of a paintbrush, that is, his style is exquisitely rendered

Ron Hansen in his collection of essays Stay Against Confusion, published in 2001, accomplishes in his use of prose what John James Audubon accomplished with his use of a paintbrush, that is, his style is exquisitely rendered. The main thesis, or rather unifying concept of the essays is that the use, expression, and exercise of imagination in the human mind betokens the incarnate God, a suitable position for Hansen to take as Gerard Manley Hopkins, . Professor of Creative Writing at Santa Clara University.

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A surprisingly intimate book, A Stay Against Confusion brings together the literary and religious impulses that . In the tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Andre Dubus, A Stay Against Confusion explores the role that religious belief and literature play in one writer's life.

A surprisingly intimate book, A Stay Against Confusion brings together the literary and religious impulses that inform the life of one of our most gifted fiction writers. All creative writing is, in the words of Robert Frost, "a stay against confusion.

A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction. A Stay Against Confusion - Ron Hansen. Preface: A Stay Against Confusion. In this rich and deeply felt collection of essays, Hansen talks about his novels, his childhood and family, and about such mentors as John Gardner. He explores prayer, stigmata, twentieth-century martyrs, and the Eucharist. A profile of his grandfather, a "tough-as-nails, brook-no-guff Colorado rancher," finds a place alongside a wonderfully informative portrait of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Ron Hansen shows his cards in "A Stay Against Confusion. I bought this book based on its subtitle (Essays on Faith and Fiction) and on my appreciation for Ron Hansen as a faith-filled writer

Ron Hansen shows his cards in "A Stay Against Confusion. He reveals himself to be a passionately spiritual writer; this world is not the only one that exists in his fiction. I greatly enjoyed his westerns, "Desperadoes" and "Jesse James", without really getting the underlying archetypal structure in them (Hansen says his treatment of "the dirty little coward" Robert Ford is a consideration of the Judas story. I bought this book based on its subtitle (Essays on Faith and Fiction) and on my appreciation for Ron Hansen as a faith-filled writer. I expected it to be more about the integration of faith and fiction, and I loved the sections dedicated to that topic.

In this rich collection of essays, Hansen talks about his novels, his childhood and family, and about such mentors as John Gardner. He explores prayer, stigmata, 20th-century martyrs, and the Eucharist. In this vivid and deeply felt collection of essays, Ron Hansen talks about his novels, childhood, family, and mentors such as John Gardner.

A stay against confusion. Essays on Faith and Fiction. He offers a eulogy to John Gardner, who inspired Hansen in his own forays into fiction, and he includes his previously published essay on St. Ignatius of Loyola and a moving essay on the biblical story of Cain (the latter interwoven with Hansen’s reflections on his twin brother Rob). In his essay on religion in Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poetry, he observes that even most quarrelsome biographers portray a life of fidelity, integrity, and service, with a Christ-like devotion to his calling. 2001) Essays On Faith And Fiction A non fiction book by Ron Hansen. Surprisingly intimate, A Stay Against Confusion brings together the literary and religious impulses that inform the life of one of our most gifted fiction writers. Genre: Inspirational. Similar books by other authors. All creative writing is, in the words of Robert Frost, a stay against confusion.

In the tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Andre Dubus, A Stay Against Confusion explores the role that religious belief and literature play in one writer's life. All creative writing is, in the words of Robert Frost, "a stay against confusion." It tries to find a harmony and order that we only fleetingly detect beneath the chaos of everyday life, and to point out motivations and causalities in what seem to be random and often meaningless acts. Religion has also functioned in this way for Ron Hansen, and it shares with literature both a reverence for mystery and the use of metaphor to communicate another order that we will never fully perceive or comprehend.

In this rich and deeply felt collection of essays, Hansen talks about his novels, his childhood and family, and about such mentors as John Gardner. He explores prayer, stigmata, twentieth-century martyrs, and the Eucharist. A profile of his grandfather, a "tough-as-nails, brook-no-guff Colorado rancher," finds a place alongside a wonderfully informative portrait of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. A brilliant reading of a story by Leo Tolstoy follows an appreciation of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. A surprisingly intimate book, A Stay Against Confusion brings together the literary and religious impulses that inform the life of one of our most gifted fiction writers.

A Stay Against Confusion: Essays On Faith And Fiction epub download

ISBN13: 978-0060196660

ISBN: 0060196661

Author: Ron Hansen

Category: Christian Books

Subcategory: Christian Living

Language: English

Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (April 3, 2001)

Pages: 288 pages

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Rating: 4.9

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Molace
I have always enjoyed Hansen's books, his unique style. This collection of essays was a treat. As I read each one, I thought it was so remarkable, and then I would read the next essay and like it even more. I especially liked the one about his mentor, John Gardner, the one about Hopkins (does any Margaret not like Hopkins?), the one about Cain, the one about Anima Christi, the one about Tolstoy, the one about Ignatius of Loyola, the one about...oh wait, I am listing the whole book, accidentally. That means I loved every one of these essays. Mr. Hansen not only has the gift of writing, but he also discusses his faith very well. I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in writing, or interested in living the examined life.
Molace
I have always enjoyed Hansen's books, his unique style. This collection of essays was a treat. As I read each one, I thought it was so remarkable, and then I would read the next essay and like it even more. I especially liked the one about his mentor, John Gardner, the one about Hopkins (does any Margaret not like Hopkins?), the one about Cain, the one about Anima Christi, the one about Tolstoy, the one about Ignatius of Loyola, the one about...oh wait, I am listing the whole book, accidentally. That means I loved every one of these essays. Mr. Hansen not only has the gift of writing, but he also discusses his faith very well. I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in writing, or interested in living the examined life.
Rko
I bought this book based on its subtitle (Essays on Faith and Fiction) and on my appreciation for Ron Hansen as a faith-filled writer. I expected it to be more about the integration of faith and fiction, and I loved the sections dedicated to that topic. As an author myself, I feel a kinship with Hansen in that I too write fiction from a faith perspective. I felt a little bit cheated by the chapters on Hansen's family members, but moved deeply by the story of the murdered Jesuits in El Salvador. That's why I rate this book "almost great." I don't fault the author but rather my own expectation that it would be something more than it was. All in all, I'm happy to have the book in my library, and much of it is highlighted in yellow.
Rko
I bought this book based on its subtitle (Essays on Faith and Fiction) and on my appreciation for Ron Hansen as a faith-filled writer. I expected it to be more about the integration of faith and fiction, and I loved the sections dedicated to that topic. As an author myself, I feel a kinship with Hansen in that I too write fiction from a faith perspective. I felt a little bit cheated by the chapters on Hansen's family members, but moved deeply by the story of the murdered Jesuits in El Salvador. That's why I rate this book "almost great." I don't fault the author but rather my own expectation that it would be something more than it was. All in all, I'm happy to have the book in my library, and much of it is highlighted in yellow.
Beazekelv
I enjoyed this book immensely, and while it may be for Catholics only, anyone interested in faith will find it nourishing. Marvelous collection of essays.
Beazekelv
I enjoyed this book immensely, and while it may be for Catholics only, anyone interested in faith will find it nourishing. Marvelous collection of essays.
Dagdage
I did not finish, and later donated it to the library. It came recommended too, but I don't know what they were thinking...LOL
Dagdage
I did not finish, and later donated it to the library. It came recommended too, but I don't know what they were thinking...LOL
Faulkree
Ron Hansen shows his cards in "A Stay Against Confusion." He reveals himself to be a passionately spiritual writer; this world is not the only one that exists in his fiction. I greatly enjoyed his westerns, "Desperadoes" and "Jesse James", without really getting the underlying archetypal structure in them (Hansen says his treatment of "the dirty little coward" Robert Ford is a consideration of the Judas story.) But in "Marriette in Ecstasy" and the unforgettable historical novel "Hitler's Niece", Hansen wrote about the extremes of good and evil in an unmistakably religious way. But his novels aren't heavy-handed, "faith-promoting" tracts; they are alive and as necessarily ambiguous and multifaceted as the best fiction is.
This collection of essays explores Hansen's thinking about faith and fiction. He is a Catholic of the Vatican II variety, but this isn't an obstacle for people of other traditions to get him. He's a terrific writer. His prose is as sharp and clear as a diamond and he's a gifted storyteller. Indeed, in "What Stories Are And Why We Read Them" he insists that fiction musn't be didactic (as a lot of religious-based fiction is.) You can't beat readers over the head; they have to be carefully led into caring *what happens next.* (This concern over reader accessibility also sets him apart from many contemporary writers.) In "Faith and Fiction" he describes how we use stories in order to figure out the world, to deduce principles that we can live by. A story can be the vehicle for the Holy Spirit to touch our lives; an occasion for grace. In "The Wizard" he remembers the late, rambunctious novelist and critic John Gardner, who was a mentor, and tries to put him into perspective (warts and all.) In "Stigmata", perhaps the most fascinating essay in the book, he looks at what made him write his novel about a stigmatic ("Mariette") and if there are really such holy people in this fallen world. He masterfully explicates Leo Tolstoy's "Master and Man", Gerard Manley Hopkins poetry, and the film based on Isak Dinesen's story "Babette's Feast."
In his book "Hitler's Niece" (about the dictator who was an apostate Catholic who hated Christianity) and his other novels and short stories Hansen creates a fictional world that is quiveringly alive with the possibilities of good and evil. Where eternal destinies and the fate of the world hang on the decisions of individuals. Where free will *matters*. "A Stay Against Confusion" is an excellent introduction to this world.
Faulkree
Ron Hansen shows his cards in "A Stay Against Confusion." He reveals himself to be a passionately spiritual writer; this world is not the only one that exists in his fiction. I greatly enjoyed his westerns, "Desperadoes" and "Jesse James", without really getting the underlying archetypal structure in them (Hansen says his treatment of "the dirty little coward" Robert Ford is a consideration of the Judas story.) But in "Marriette in Ecstasy" and the unforgettable historical novel "Hitler's Niece", Hansen wrote about the extremes of good and evil in an unmistakably religious way. But his novels aren't heavy-handed, "faith-promoting" tracts; they are alive and as necessarily ambiguous and multifaceted as the best fiction is.
This collection of essays explores Hansen's thinking about faith and fiction. He is a Catholic of the Vatican II variety, but this isn't an obstacle for people of other traditions to get him. He's a terrific writer. His prose is as sharp and clear as a diamond and he's a gifted storyteller. Indeed, in "What Stories Are And Why We Read Them" he insists that fiction musn't be didactic (as a lot of religious-based fiction is.) You can't beat readers over the head; they have to be carefully led into caring *what happens next.* (This concern over reader accessibility also sets him apart from many contemporary writers.) In "Faith and Fiction" he describes how we use stories in order to figure out the world, to deduce principles that we can live by. A story can be the vehicle for the Holy Spirit to touch our lives; an occasion for grace. In "The Wizard" he remembers the late, rambunctious novelist and critic John Gardner, who was a mentor, and tries to put him into perspective (warts and all.) In "Stigmata", perhaps the most fascinating essay in the book, he looks at what made him write his novel about a stigmatic ("Mariette") and if there are really such holy people in this fallen world. He masterfully explicates Leo Tolstoy's "Master and Man", Gerard Manley Hopkins poetry, and the film based on Isak Dinesen's story "Babette's Feast."
In his book "Hitler's Niece" (about the dictator who was an apostate Catholic who hated Christianity) and his other novels and short stories Hansen creates a fictional world that is quiveringly alive with the possibilities of good and evil. Where eternal destinies and the fate of the world hang on the decisions of individuals. Where free will *matters*. "A Stay Against Confusion" is an excellent introduction to this world.
Gugrel
This collection of essays shares no "common thread" although the promise of the subtitle "Essays on Faith and Fiction" is present in a few of the essay while the more accurate "Essays on Faith OR Fiction" applies to the entire collection.

On the "faith" side his meditation on "Anima Christi" is a solid sample of devotional literature. While is is comfortably safe, it encourages creative thinking regarding the meaning of the prayer. It encourages engagement rather than mere repetition.

Also on the "faith" side is his meditation on the Eucharist. While this essay provides amusing, interesting autobiographical information and evokes an earlier (pre-Vatican II) age of American Catholicism, it fails to establish any separate identity - one can read several similar essays by other authors and the essay will simple dissolve into the familiar.

Similarly, historical pieces such as "Hearing the Cry of the Poor: The Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador" and "The Pilgrim: Saint Ignatius of Loyola" are competent but non-distictive historical essays.

On the "fiction" side "The Wizard: Remembering John Gardner," "Babette's Feast" and "Affliction and Grace: Religious Experience in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins" are solid, thought-provoking analyses. But again there is no scream demanding a rereading.

In "The Story of Cain" where Hansen explores the story in Genesis and his relationship with his twin brother, Hansen finally achieves the promise of the subtitle. Life, Holy Scripture and faith are merged into a cohesive whole and the cohesion attracts the reader's attention.

Finally, the three initial essays, "Writing as Sacrament", "Faith and Fiction" and "What Stories Are and Why We Read Them" are solid though undistinctive mediations on faith and fiction. For fans of Hansen, they provide insight into authorial intent/world-view while acknowledging that art, including literature, takes on a life of its own.
Gugrel
This collection of essays shares no "common thread" although the promise of the subtitle "Essays on Faith and Fiction" is present in a few of the essay while the more accurate "Essays on Faith OR Fiction" applies to the entire collection.

On the "faith" side his meditation on "Anima Christi" is a solid sample of devotional literature. While is is comfortably safe, it encourages creative thinking regarding the meaning of the prayer. It encourages engagement rather than mere repetition.

Also on the "faith" side is his meditation on the Eucharist. While this essay provides amusing, interesting autobiographical information and evokes an earlier (pre-Vatican II) age of American Catholicism, it fails to establish any separate identity - one can read several similar essays by other authors and the essay will simple dissolve into the familiar.

Similarly, historical pieces such as "Hearing the Cry of the Poor: The Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador" and "The Pilgrim: Saint Ignatius of Loyola" are competent but non-distictive historical essays.

On the "fiction" side "The Wizard: Remembering John Gardner," "Babette's Feast" and "Affliction and Grace: Religious Experience in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins" are solid, thought-provoking analyses. But again there is no scream demanding a rereading.

In "The Story of Cain" where Hansen explores the story in Genesis and his relationship with his twin brother, Hansen finally achieves the promise of the subtitle. Life, Holy Scripture and faith are merged into a cohesive whole and the cohesion attracts the reader's attention.

Finally, the three initial essays, "Writing as Sacrament", "Faith and Fiction" and "What Stories Are and Why We Read Them" are solid though undistinctive mediations on faith and fiction. For fans of Hansen, they provide insight into authorial intent/world-view while acknowledging that art, including literature, takes on a life of its own.