The Gentle Traditionalist Returns!
Stunned by this first review at Amazon by Peter Kwasniewski.

And deeply, deeply grateful ...

Dr. Peter A. Kwasniewski

5.0 out of 5 stars  

Buck is back and better than ever

December 23, 2019

I hugely enjoyed The Gentle Traditionalist when it first appeared three years ago, and ended up distributing many copies of it to friends and family. I was therefore overjoyed to see a sequel, though also a bit anxious, because sequels can sometimes be disappointing (certainly with movies, as often as not).

The new book succeeds immensely. The new story features the same unique combination of whimsy and surprise, keen social commentary, and deft argumentation. This one has more pathos, draws its characters more fully, and sustains a more serious tone throughout, though never descending into preachiness. The tragedy of Ireland, the plight of the unborn, and the self-disembowelment of the Church are particularly prominent themes.

In the central part of the story, GT (Gilbert Tracey or the Gentle Traditionalist) skewers a New Age activist, though the latter is too besotted with himself to realize he's been made a fool of. In the process, GT exposes political and cultural connections most Christians have never heard of, much less reckoned with. (The lengthy appendix, where Buck drops the story and simply expounds the penetration of Eastern esotericism into the West, is worth the price of the book all by itself.)

The book is shot through with a combination of melancholy and hopefulness that reminds me of the best poetry and folk music. It is ultimately an appeal to what is best and deepest in us so that we will reengage with what matters while there is yet time. Thank you, Roger Buck, for another brilliant tale of spiritual awakening and discovery.
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I'm going to start reading the Gentle Traditionalist, the first chapter was pretty engaging, I'm excited.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. - Ps. 145:2-3

"For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables." - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
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(12-24-2019, 01:42 PM)Augustinian Wrote: I'm going to start reading the Gentle Traditionalist, the first chapter was pretty engaging, I'm excited.

Oh, thank you, Augustinian. It is meant to be that: an engaging, accessible, easy to read guide. Good to know if it works!  :)

Will also note I'm not going to be at FE for a few days or indeed online at all. But I thought I'd use this space for four of my videos which particularly relate to the book:

First, one of my favourite videos: Cultural Madness, Hilaire Belloc and the Catholic Mystery

- because the new book is actually dedicated to Belloc, very much inspired by him and actually features him as a character!

Second a video on the New Age: Of New Age Gnostics - and Galactic Lizards.

Apparently the Eucharist owes its origins to an evil race of galactic lizards. See 8.26 onwards ...

(Note: nothing is more boring than the New Age. But Trads need to be aware of it. I hope videos like this and my new book can help to make people aware of it, in as least boring a way as possible ... )

Third, this is possibly my favourite video. How Catholicism made me HUMAN.

I regret the Novus Ordo-ey banners behind me (I had no choice!) actually work against what I'm trying to say here - which is also at the core of my new book:

Finally, the most obvious video. Even if, alas, I don't think it's as good as the ones above:

Again, I am going completely offline for a bit, but shall return after Epiphany. May all your remaining days of Christmas be greatly blessed.
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All right, I am back after the great privilege of long days of offline silence ...

And I paste in another FE "world premiere" ;) - my new book's opening chapter:

I.  Do Not Despair

WHEN I came to my senses, everything was dim. Outside, wind howled. Heavy rain pelted down on a roof far, far above me. I was lying on a hard, wood floor and my head throbbed. Had someone hit me when my back was turned? I was too groggy to say.

And where was I? It seemed to be the cellar of a once-grand palatial residence. Whatever it was, the wind and rain battered the edifice harder now. I had the sense of shutters and tiles being ripped off, as though everything were being swept away. Far in the distance, thunder pealed. But closer by came whimpering. I could just about discern a small dog cowering beneath a nightstand. Poor, terrified creature, I thought.

Then, above me, further sounds—but more like human whim- pering. In the faint light, I scried a spiral staircase. Pushing my aching body up, I staggered towards it and started my ascent.

Then, halfway up the stairs, a door. Behind it, quiet weeping. Should I knock? But sudden anxiety gripped my heart and I trem- bled. Instead, I stooped, peering through the large keyhole into a room, dimly lit. The elegant figure of a woman in a nightgown was visible, her head bent in sorrow. Between her hands, she fingered a Rosary. Its silver crucifix glinted in the pale light. Words, faltering, came to her lips:

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.

Then, overcome by grief, she broke down. But clutching the Rosary tighter, she continued:

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus, 

nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. 

Did I dare disturb her grief or interrupt her sacred intercourse? Hesitating, I heard still more human sounds, further up the stairway. Once more, I spiralled upwards. The thunder was distinctly closer now.

At the top of the stairs, heavy folds of velvet blocked my way. Inching the curtains open, I saw three men in shadows. Someone struck a match and lit a candle. A small halo of light fell across a low table in their midst. On it stood an antique telephone with a separate handset and receiver. Piles of papers surrounded it. I could even make out the words on one document. Large capital letters said: DANGER—PLAN B REQUIRED.

One man said, “I told you, Gilbert, the situation is worse than you realise.”

The second said, “Another intervention below?”

The third said, “Yes, the danger to the women and all the little ones demands it.”

My eyes grew ever more accustomed to the dim light. I could almost make out the first two figures now. I stared in disbelief. For they very much resembled Hilaire Belloc and G.K. Chesterton. Both men appeared in their mid-sixties, as they were in the1930s, when they spearheaded a Catholic revival in England. And both appeared serious, grim even, which jarred with the mirthful image we have of Chesterton today. 

But how could they be here in the twenty-first century?! Or was I peering through a portal to the past? Certainly, the antiquated telephone suggested that possibility.

Then, that antique rang! For a brief instant, the third man’s hand flashed through the small circle of light, seizing the receiver. In that moment, I saw it clearly. It was large and fleshy, and the middle finger bore a golden ring with an enormous red stone. I had seen that hand before...

“Do not despair,” the third man said. “I am coming.” Then, he put the receiver down hard.

Suddenly, a deafening clap of thunder and lighting! For a split-second, the entire room lit up. In that instant, I saw the tall, rotund form of the third man, his hair and beard white as snow. I saw the faded tweed jacket. It was the Gentle Traditionalist.

With a start, I woke up.
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