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By Gerald Murnane

ISBN-10: 1922148504

ISBN-13: 9781922148506

Adrian Sherd is a teenage boy in Melbourne of the Nineteen Fifties, the final years prior to tv and the family members motor vehicle replaced suburbia forever.

Earnest and remoted, plagued by his hormones and his non secular devotion, Adrian desires of difficult orgies with American movie stars, and of marrying his sweetheart and fathering 11 childrens through her. He even desires a background of the area as a chronicle of sexual frustration.

A Lifetime on Clouds is humorous, sincere and sweetly instructed: a much less ribald, Catholic Australian Portnoy's Complaint.

Gerald Murnane was once born in Melbourne in 1939. His first novel, Tamarisk Row, used to be released in 1974. It used to be by way of A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains and 5 different works of fiction, the latest of that is A heritage of Books. In 1999 he gained the Patrick White Award. Ten years later he received the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

'Unquestionably the most unique writers operating in Australia today.' Australian

'A Lifetime on Clouds extremely joyful me: i used to be fairly admiring of the author's unfailing skill to assert barely enough and no more.' Les Murray, Sydney Morning Herald

'Murnane attracts out loads of comedy from the gap among what his hero does and what he dreams.' Guardian
'If you just ever learn one Gerald Murnane novel on your lifestyles, i encourage you to make it this one.' Andy Griffiths, in his advent.

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For the most part in the rest of the world, however, the trend in parish numbers has been the other way, even in areas such as Central and South America where hitherto there has been a constant shortage of clergy. But this rather crude statistic disguises a multitude of variations. If you calculate the ratio of priests to Catholics in the different areas of the world a very different picture emerges. In Central America there is one priest to just under 8,000 Catholics, in South America one to just over 7,000.

The answer to that is to be found in the Catholic attitude to authority, and it is that to which the next chapter is devoted. SUMMARY 1 Roman Catholicism is part of the Christian faith, although this is sometimes challenged by: a some extreme groups outside the Church who deny it is Christian; b some extreme groups within the Church who deny those outside it can be truly Christian. 2 It is true it is not a member of the World Council of Churches, but could nonetheless sign up to the WCC’s (and others’) fundamental statements of Christian belief.

Although heretics were driven out of the Church if they remained firm in their opinions, debating with them helped Christian thinkers, or theologians, to clarify Christian doctrine. This is straying into the area which is properly covered by philosophy and theology, and something now has to be said about these two disciplines. WHAT DO CATHOLICS BELIEVE? THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY The Greek word for God is theos, and logy (also from the Greek) means ‘the science of’, or ‘the study of”. So theology is the study of God and of God in his relation to the universe in general and to the human race in particular.

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