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The Gentle Traditionalist - VoxClamantis - 11-17-2015

We've got more information about Fishie Roger Buck's new book, "The Gentle Traditionalist." You can read about it, with links to excerpts, here, on his blog:

A description of the book, which I can't WAIT to read!

Book Description Wrote:Geoffrey has a problem. All his life he’s lived according to ‘sensible’ sceptical, secular values. Then, his true love left him for a New Age community in Scotland. But it gets worse: now she wants to be a traditional Catholic nun!

Geoffrey is bewildered, angry, lost. Until, one Valentine’s day in Ireland, he meets a mysterious guide – the Gentle Traditionalist.

Together they commence a most unusual dialogue of ideas concerning:

    The Heart of the Gospel
    The Real Nature of the Church: A Supernatural Mystery
    The Crisis in Catholicism today: the Loss of Tradition
    The New Age Movement
    Catholic Ireland
    Why Secularism gets away with murder

Both whimsical and serious, the dialogue in this book offers a probing exploration of the Catholic Mystery, Christendom and the crisis of the West today.

Join us for a very special Valentine’s day when Geoffrey’s barren, rational world gets turned upside down …

Re: The Gentle Traditionalist - Roger Buck - 11-17-2015

Well, Vox, that is very, very kind of you. But then you are a very kind person (and I'm not sure how much you are acknowledged for that).

This gives me an opening to say that last night I was rather overwhelmed to received quite a bit of praise for the book from reviewers for the back cover. I feel a bit embarrassed to paste it all in, but I'll paste in two: Charles A. Colulombe and Peter Kwasniewski.

First God bless Charles A. Coulombe, who I felt really GOT me, what I'm trying to do ...

Quote:The Socratic Dialogue is a literary form quite literally as old as Western Civilisation. Boethius, Joseph de Maistre and Vladimir Solovyov—among countless others—made use of it to critique the societies and world-views under which they lived. Now Roger Buck in The Gentle Traditionalist employs this age-old genre to examine that which would prefer not to be examined—the Western secular ‘religion’ that has come to define the society under which we in the so-called ‘developed’ world all live. Keen, sarcastic, and for all that warm-hearted, Buck’s teaching figure is understanding and genial—even while refusing to pardon the unpardonable. His protagonist is as wooly-headed as most of us, but withal wanting to know the truth—especially if it allows him to understand the woman he loves. As brilliant a guide for the perplexed as this age is capable of producing.”—CHARLES COULOMBE, author of Puritan’s Empire and Everyman Today Call Rome

Then Peter Kwasniewski called the book "a Syllabus of Errors in narrative form" which I thought was great!  :)  But really what he wrote before that was very moving for me indeed. (Kwasnieski is the author of a recent book on the Latin Mass - title below - and is one of the people helping at Rorate.

Quote:The Gentle Traditionalist is a book with a ‘strange magic,’ like unto the Ireland it loves and mourns. With unforgettable images and a wry sense of humor, Buck unfolds a tale of whimsical fantasy, melancholy realism, and supernatural joy, ever so gently exposing the intolerance and incoherence of the New Secular Religion that is destroying Ireland today, just as it has destroyed every culture that has surrendered to it. The remedy to this scourge is not ‘Christianity lite’ or the ‘spirit of Vatican II,’ but the real religion that raised Western civilization to its glory: the traditional Catholic Faith. Buck’s deftly-reasoned post-modern apologetic for full-blooded Catholicism—a Syllabus of Errors in narrative form, a rousing hymn to ‘meaning, grace, beauty, life’—will be salutary for those who are still wandering and for those already arrived in port.—PETER KWASNIEWSKI, Wyoming Catholic University; author of Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis

I might share more. But that's enough for now. Embarrassed to be shouting my own praises like this.

But Vox, thank you again very much!

And yes there's more to be found about the book at this link:


Re: The Gentle Traditionalist - Sec/Treas - 11-17-2015

Poking my head out from behind the curtains to chime in as well.  Can't wait to get my hands on a copy, RB.

Re: The Gentle Traditionalist - Renatus Frater - 11-17-2015

If you release it for Kindle I might read it  :)

Re: The Gentle Traditionalist - formerbuddhist - 11-17-2015

I've always been a fan of our own Roger Buck, finding him insightful and with a perspective that is so very different ( in a good way) than the average traditionalist. I"ll definitely buy this book when I get the chance.

Re: The Gentle Traditionalist - Roger Buck - 11-18-2015

Well, thank you warmly all. I appreciate your supportiveness very much.

Renatus Fraser - my publisher (Angelico Press) tell me they are planning a Kindle edition in around two months  (and possibly even a hardcover, which surprised me).

Truly, I'm  bowled over by AP. They've been outstanding with my book and they are deeply, intelligently committed to orthodoxy with some very trad titles.

As some of you know, I'm an American who's lived most of the last 35 years in Europe (mainly UK, but also France, Spain etc). I often feel a bit alienated from America - but not its vigorous faith (at least compared to almost all of Western Europe)!

Companies like AP wouldn't happen so easily here. They give me hope and they richly deserve support. Here's a link to them:

Re: The Gentle Traditionalist - Roger Buck - 11-29-2015

My book is now out!

More details at my site, of course.

First Chapter and more about it:

Reviews for The Gentle Traditionalist:

I appreciate the warm comments I've received and very grateful indeed to anyone who can help me spread the word.

Front and back covers …

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Re: The Gentle Traditionalist - Qoheleth - 11-29-2015

Hurry over to amazon to pick up your copy between today and Dec. 1st for a 30% discount.  Enter code Holiday30, at checkout.

Re: The Gentle Traditionalist - Roger Buck - 12-01-2015

Thank you very much for that, Qoheleth - I appreciate it greatly!

Re: The Gentle Traditionalist - Roger Buck - 12-01-2015

Some of you might like to know that my site has a list of extracts from the book.:

Here are the key ones. Note that the book ranges a lot in both content and style. Some of it is straight narrative for example, but more of it is in dialogue format about issues in the Church and secular society.

Also some of it is satire, some of it is very serious etc..

First Chapter

Entire first chapter now here with more about the book.

At the Sign of the Gentle Traditionalist

Short extract from second chapter:

Famished for Christendom

Short but KEY extract to what the whole book is about:

This is my favourite short post on the book. Great pictures too!

The Gentle Traditionalist on the Superiority Complex of the 1960s

Speaks for itself:

The Gentle Traditionalist meets the Man with No Name

Slightly silly - satire on the New Age but with a deeper undercurrent:

Catholic Counter-Revolution and the Counter-Revolutionary Mind

Features a small extract contained within a longer post:

Secularism is the Air that We Breathe …

Same as above. Short extract incorporated into longer post.

And these extracts and a few other posts about the book can be found in this archive of posts here:

Warm thanks to you for all your support, most especially Vox!