Het Nederlandse boek, De Mantel, dat ik nu net heb uitgelezen kwam weer uit de bibliotheek (mediatheek heet dat tegenwoordig) Büllingen, en het is een echte klassieker, geschreven in 1947 door Lloyd C. Douglas.
De Mantel handelt over het begin van onze jaartelling, toen de Romeinse keizers oppermachtig waren. In deze roman worden de lotgevallen beschreven van de Romeinse officier die Jezus kruisigde en sindsdien geen rust meer kon vinden totdat hij de mantel van de gekruisigde aanraakte. Een indringende sfeerbeschrijving van een keizerrijk in verval, met de ontluikende groeikracht van het jonge christendom.
Een boek, dat je nog eens intens laat nadenken over het Nieuwe Testament. Ik heb er echt van genoten, en als ik eerlijk moet zijn, is het eigenlijk een stuk geloofwaardiger dan het NT.
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Lloyd C. Douglas
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Lloyd Cassel Douglas (August 27, 1877 – February 13, 1951) was a noteworthy American minister and author. He was born in Columbia City, Indiana, spent part of his boyhood in Monroeville, Indiana and died in Los Angeles, California.
Douglas was one of the most popular American authors of his time, although he didn’t write his first novel until he was 50 yrs. of age.
He was the son of a minister, and after receiving the A.M. degree from Wittenberg College (Now Wittenberg University) in Springfield, Ohio, in 1903, he was ordained in the Lutheran ministry. He served in pastorates in North Manchester, Indiana, Lancaster, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.. From 1911 to 1915, he was director of religious work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The next six years, he was minister of The First Congregational Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from there moving to Akron, Ohio, and serving as the Sr. Minister of the First Congregational Church of Akron from 1920 – 1926 then to Los Angeles, California and finally to the St. James United Church at Montreal, Quebec, from which pulpit he retired to write.
His written works were of a moral, didactic, and distinctly religious tone. His first novel, Magnificent Obsession, published in 1929, was an immediate and sensational success. Critics held that his type of fiction was in the tradition of the great religious writings of an earlier generation, such as, Ben-Hur and Quo Vadis.
Douglas then wrote Forgive Us Our Trespasses; Precious Jeopardy; Green Light; White Banners; Disputed Passage; Doctor Hudson’s Secret Journal; The Robe, and The Big Fisherman. The Robe sold more than 2 million copies, without any reprint edition. Douglas sold the motion picture rights to this story, though the film, starring Richard Burton, was not released until 1953, after Douglas’s death.
His own unhappy experience of filming prompted Douglas, when he produced The Big Fisherman as the sequel to The Robe, to stipulate that The Big Fisherman would be his last novel, and that he would not permit it to be made into a motion picture, used over the radio, condensed or serialised.
His last book was the autobiographical Time To Remember which described his life up to his childhood and education for the ministry. He died before he was able to write the intended second volume but the task was completed in The Shape of Sunday by his daughters, Virginia Douglas Dawson and Betty Douglas Wilson.
Douglas is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.