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Having taken great risks -- to immigrate to America, to take monastic vows -- Bengali physician Meena Chatterjee and Brother Flavian are each seeking safety and security when they encounter Johnny Faye, a Vietnam vet, free spirit, and expert marijuana farmer. Amid the fields and forests of a Trappist monastery, Johnny Faye patiently cultivates Meena's and Flavian's capacity for faith, transforming all they thought they knew about duty and desire. In turn they offer him an experience of civilization other than war and chaos.

But Johnny Faye's law-breaking sets him against a district attorney for whom the law is a tool for ambition rather than justice. Their confrontation leads to a harrowing reckoning that ensnares Dr. Chatterjee and Brother Flavian, who must make a life-or-death choice between an act of justice that may precipitate their ruin or a betrayal that offers salvation.

Inspired by the real-life state police kidnapping and murder of a legendary storyteller and petty criminal, The Man Who Loved Birds engages pressing contemporary issues through a timeless narrative of ill-fated romance. Celebrated author Fenton Johnson has woven a seamless, haunting fable exploring the eternal conflicts between free will and destiny, politics and nature, the power of law and the power of love.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Part One The Earthly Paradise
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter 1
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. Chapter 2
  2. pp. 19-32
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  1. Chapter 3
  2. pp. 33-41
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  1. Chapter 4
  2. pp. 42-48
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  1. Chapter 5
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Chapter 6
  2. pp. 51-55
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  1. Chapter 7
  2. pp. 56-64
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  1. Chapter 8
  2. pp. 65-71
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  1. Chapter 9
  2. pp. 72-93
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  1. Chapter 10
  2. pp. 94-98
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  1. Chapter 11
  2. pp. 99-105
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  1. Chapter 12
  2. pp. 106-114
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  1. Chapter 13
  2. pp. 115-134
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  1. Part Two The Disobedient Member
  2. pp. 135-136
  1. Chapter 14
  2. pp. 137-147
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  1. Chapter 15
  2. pp. 148-152
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  1. Chapter 16
  2. pp. 153-158
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  1. Chapter 17
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. Chapter 18
  2. pp. 169-173
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  1. Chapter 19
  2. pp. 174-181
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  1. Chapter 20
  2. pp. 182-188
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  1. Chapter 21
  2. pp. 189-194
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  1. Chapter 22
  2. pp. 195-209
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  1. Chapter 23
  2. pp. 210-219
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  1. Chapter 24
  2. pp. 220-227
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  1. Chapter 25
  2. pp. 228-232
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  1. Chapter 26
  2. pp. 233-240
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  1. Chapter 27
  2. pp. 241-259
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  1. Chapter 28
  2. pp. 260-261
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  1. Chapter 29
  2. pp. 262-267
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  1. Chapter 30
  2. pp. 268-270
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  1. Chapter 31
  2. pp. 271-276
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  1. Chapter 32
  2. pp. 277-295
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  1. Chapter 33
  2. pp. 296-314
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 315-316
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 317-318
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  1. Kentucky Voices
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813166612
Related ISBN
9780813166599
MARC Record
OCLC
931534322
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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