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ISBN:
1560850035
Author:
Micah Clegg,Levi S. Peterson
Category:
Christian Denominations & Sects
Language:
English
Publisher:
Signature Books; Anniversary edition (May 1, 1992)
Pages:
440 pages
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Levi S. Peterson is a retired professor of English at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

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Levi Peterson's "The Backslider" is still commonly hailed as the best Mormon fiction has to offer to date. The protagonist is Frank, a young Mormon struggling with religious guilt and sexual tension. He spends the book trying to appease a God whom he hates

Levi Peterson's "The Backslider" is still commonly hailed as the best Mormon fiction has to offer to date. He spends the book trying to appease a God whom he hates. After helling around a bit Frank decides it's time to change his ways and live right. He comes to believe that life on earth has one overriding purpose: misery. Frank intends to overcome his sins through the misery caused by his self-imposed Levi Peterson's "The Backslider" is still commonly hailed as the.

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Date of Packing, Import or Both. See all. Item description. Recognized as a Mormon classic twenty years after its release,The Backslider features longstanding Christian conflicts played out in a scenic, sparsely populated area of southern Utah. A young ranch-hand, Frank Windham, conceives of God as an implacable enemy of human appetite.

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Levi Savage Peterson (born 1933) is a Mormon biographer, essayist and fictionist whose best-known works include a seminal biography of Juanita Brooks, his own autobiography, and his novel The Backslider, "standard for the contemporary Mormon no. .

Levi Savage Peterson (born 1933) is a Mormon biographer, essayist and fictionist whose best-known works include a seminal biography of Juanita Brooks, his own autobiography, and his novel The Backslider, "standard for the contemporary Mormon novel". He was born and reared in the Mormon community of Snowflake, Arizona and is an emeritus professor of English at Weber State University.

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 Recognized as a Mormon classic twenty years after its release,The Backslider features longstanding Christian conflicts played out in a scenic, sparsely populated area of southern Utah. A young ranch-hand, Frank Windham, conceives of God as an implacable enemy of human appetite. He is a dedicated sinner until family tragedy catapults him into an arcane form of penitence preached among frontier Mormons. He is saved by an epiphany that has proved controversial among readers, either interpreting it as an extreme impiety or celebrating it as a moving and entirely plausible rendering of a biblical theme in a Western setting.

Frank comes into contact with a host of rural and urban characters. Of central importance is his Lutheran girlfriend, Marianne, whom Frank seduces, begrudgingly marries, and eventually loves. Frank’s extended family is just a generation removed from polygamy and still energized by old-time grudges and deprivations. Along the way Frank encounters a closeted secular humanist, a polygamist prophet, a psychiatrist, a Mason, government employees, college professors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs—all drawn with heightened realism reminiscent of Charles Dickens or the grotesque forms of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.

The story engages readers as it alternates almost imperceptibly between Frank’s naïve consciousness and the more informed awareness of its narrator. It can be read as a love story, a satiric comedy, or a dark and sobering study of self-mutilation. Shifting from one to another, it builds suspense and elicitscomplex emotions, among them a profound sense of compassion. More joyous than cynical, it sympathizes deeply with the plight of all of God’s backsliders.

  • Crazy
Great book! i`ve lived in utah for 45 years, the book shows that the mormons are sometimes like real people.
  • Kieel
Bought as a Christmas present for my husband and he loved it!
  • Pruster
Enjoyed
  • Just_paw
Great book. May be a little racy for some tastes, but I think that's kind of the point. Highly recommend it.
  • Yggdi
This is a legitimate contender for the title of "The Great Mormon Novel" (if there is such a thing.) It's a comedy of the most profound order. A young LDS cowboy in the 1950's wrestles with guilt, especially that of a sexual nature, although ironically he has very little to feel guilty about. His struggles lead him to one of the great epiphanies of recent fiction--the "Cowboy Jesus." Some Mormon critics see this figure as blasphemous; other see him as quintessentially LDS (I think this scene is one of the most touching things I have ever read.) This novel established Peterson as one of the foremost Mormon writers, and one of the most shamefully neglected American fiction authors. He should be at least as famous as any yuppie Montana writer.
  • Negal
i love this book, it is one of my favorite novels of all time. because of the regional emphasis i believe it has been vastly overlooked by mainstream america, but if more people were aware of it, it would be a bestseller. honestly.

although it is a book about a young man coming of age in the mormon world, it isn't what you think. it explores the basic tenets of faith in a very gnostic way. i am one of those people who actually believes mormonism should probably be classified as a cult rather than a religion, and yet i still believe the struggles of this man to find his faith mirror those of any searcher who is looking for authentic truth in christianity itself.

powerful characters, timeless wisdom, honest passion, and hey, it's even uproariously funny in places.

no spoilers for me, just read the book. you'll be glad you did.
  • Mr.Bean
The Backslider is not a light temptation story with a hero who gives in at first and then repents with complete success. Rather, like many great works, it presents a hero who succumbs, first denies his actions to himsef and others, and then repents, only to succumb again. The Blackslider tells the story of a simple, well-meaning Mormon cowboy who can barely keep his pants on and head together. Neither very attracted nor committed to his Lutheran girlfriend, he finds himself well on the way to marriage and all sorts of other obligations to her. Meanwhile, his family encounters much hardship with a brother and his mental illness.
The novel's themes of temptation, redemption, religious hypocrisy and cultural pressures are convincing. Neither preachy nor prim in description, the Backslider has an earthy quality that draws the reader in.
Probably a racy story for the average Mormon reader, the Backslider is also somewhat disappointing for the non-Mormon reader as the conclusion includes a seemingly obligatory conversion, thus maintaining the traditional and official Mormon worldview in an otherwise spirited and intrepid narrative. Sigh. But given that this is the premise of the book anyway, and given that the conversion comes across as sympathetic, general readers might do best to suspend judgment on that front and appreciate the book's ultimate visions of faith and love, which are original and very moving indeed.
Disclosure: As Signature Books' publisher (1981--1984)when Backslider was issued, perhaps I'm not entitled to an opinion (my apologies for stumbling if so). Peterson is the premier author of Mormon literature (with Orson Scott Card in his own distinctive way), and this his best-known and highly-acclaimed work. A classic of the Mormon backwater, Backslider deserves of a wider audience. Irreverent, earthy, grace-filled and redemptive. *****