Books: The Bad Shepherd

THE SIN OF FATHER AMARO (352 pp.) —fco de Queiroz—S/. Morl/n's ($5.95).

When young Father Amaro arrives at his new post in the cathedral town of Leiria, he finds Father Dias, his old mentor from seminary days, snugly ensconced with a plump middle-aged mistress. The local abbot, a famous chef and gourmet, delivers sermons on such worldly topics as how to prepare sarrabulhos—a Portuguese delicacy concocted from pig's blood and giblets. Worldliness is a communi-cabla disease. Soon Father Amaro is successfully pursuing Amelia, the beautiful daughter of his new landlady.

Love of God and lust soon become hopelessly intermingled. Because Amaro is her...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!