First Chapter – The Gentle Traditionalist Returns!

 

Gentle-Traditionalist-Returns

The Gentle Traditionalist Returns!

As we have recently “explained” here, both this website and my private life have been beset with problems, technical and personal.

For these reasons, I have yet to properly feature here my new book. The Gentle Traditionalist Returns, published last year (!) by Angelico Press.

Today, though, I offer the first chapter.

After that, you can see some of the book’s reviews – as well as a global Amazon link that will take you to your nearest Amazon, whether you be in America. Europe or Timbuktu.

Chapter One:  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 night- stand. 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.

Amen.

Did I dare disturb her grief or interrupt her sacred intercourse? Hesitating, I heard still more human sounds, further up the stair- way. 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.

 

Reviews for The Gentle Traditionalist Returns!

“Roger Buck’s character, the ‘Gentle Traditionalist,’ returns with a vengeance in this stand-alone sequel. Set against the backdrop of modern Ireland’s headlong flight from sanity, this book skewers the modern malaise with the kind of sanity we have come to expect from this author.” — CHARLES A. COULOMBE,  author of A Catholic Quest for the Holy Grail

”Buck’s latest foray is a grand success … The story features the same singular combination of whimsy and surprise, keen social commentary, and deft argumentation as the first [book]. The Gentle Traditionalist Returns appeals to what is best and deepest in us, so that we will reengage with that which ultimately matters while there is yet time.” — PETER KWASNIEWSKI, author of Tradition and Sanity

“Those who were charmed by Roger Buck’s previous books–well, prepare to be charmed again, but also warned and given plenty of food for thought. This book strikes a more somber note, but one tuned to the timbre of our times. Read it and tune in.” —THOMAS STORCK, author of An Economics of Justice and Charity

“The Gentle Traditionalist Returns is a welcome visit from an old friend. Roger Buck’s delightful narrative–as the title assures us–gently leads the reader into a new perspective on the Catholic Mystery. An absolutely refreshing read!” — MICHAEL MARTIN, author of Transfiguration: Notes Toward a Radical Catholic Reimagination of Everything

“Once again, Roger Buck has shown himself to be a prophet in the tradition of Ezekiel; he is the watchman on the wall. Buck’s experience as a convert from New Age activism has uniquely fitted him for this vocation.” — GERARD O’SHEA, author of Educating in Christ

”A brilliant diagnosis of the spiritual malaise of modern society, written with gentleness, generosity, humour, pathos … and, above all else, love”— MAOLSHEACHLANN Ó CEALLAIGH, author of Inspiration from the Saints

buy-at-amazon

Still More About My New Book:

Return Gentle Traditionalist

This entry was posted in Roger's Weblog and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*

 
  • The Gentle Traditionalist Returns!

    New Book from Angelico Press!

    "The Gentle Traditionalist returns with a vengeance in this stand-alone sequel ... this book skewers the modern malaise with the kind of sanity we have come to expect from this author” — CHARLES A. COULOMBE

    ”Buck’s latest foray is a grand success ... The story features the same singular combination of whimsy and surprise, keen social commentary, and deft argumentation as the first [book]. The Gentle Traditionalist Returns appeals to what is best and deepest in us, so that we will reengage with that which ultimately matters while there is yet time.” — PETER KWASNIEWSKI

    ”A brilliant diagnosis of the spiritual malaise of modern society, written with gentleness, generosity, humour, pathos ... and, above all else, love”— MAOLSHEACHLANN Ó CEALLAIGH

    buy-at-amazon Video about New Book here:

  • Books from Roger Buck

     

    The Gentle Traditionalist

     

    ”Roger Buck ... in the spirit of Chesterton and Belloc ... takes on everything—from the reforms of Vatican II to the New Age ... a wonderful book.”— MICHAEL MARTIN

    ”A tale of whimsical fantasy, melancholy realism, and supernatural joy ... 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’.” — PETER KWASNIEWSKI

    "As brilliant a guide for the perplexed as this age is capable of producing” — CHARLES A. COULOMBE

    buy-at-amazon

    See Reviews in Full Here!

     

    Read First Chapter Online Here!

     

    Cor Jesu Sacratissimum

     

    cor-jesu-roger-buck

    ”Buck goes to the heart of the problem paralyzing our broken-hearted world ... moving beyond the spirit of the age to the Spirit who moves all ages.” — JOSEPH PEARCE

    ”In this elegant feast of a book, Roger Buck ... expertly skewers the modern world ... without a drop of malice in his compassionate soul ... to reveal the bright, shining love and truth at the center of the universe—symbolised by the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and incarnate in the Catholic Church.” — CHARLES A. COULOMBE

    ”A great service to the Church ... Buck shows that the New Age is an attempt, however flawed, to escape the materialism of modernity, and that it is Catholicism in its traditional forms that can best reveal the immense reality of the suffering and love for all mankind of Christ’s Sacred Heart.”— JOSEPH SHAW

    buy-at-amazon

    See Reviews in Full Here!

     

  • EWTN Interview with Roger Buck here!

    TWO-part “Celtic Connections” EWTN  Interview!

    Part One here.

    Part Two here.

  • YouTube Channel – Featured Video with Roger Buck

    Probably my favourite video. Shorter, more succinct, it captures the essence of so much I’m trying to say …

  • First Video from Kim Buck!