When The Sorghum Was High – John Joseph Considine, M.M.

20140514_112230I just bought this book, “a narrative biography of Father Gerard A. Donovan of Pittsburghm Pennsylvania, a Maryknoll Missioner slain by bandits in Manchukuo.” I haven’t read it yet, but the story seems to have made quite an impact back when. Enough at least to warrant at least eight printings. I bought the cheap 1952 paperback (original price $2.50), but the hardcover from 1940 looks much nicer and came with a dust jacket. A quick internet search also resulted in many, many hits in predominantly Catholic newspapers. There also was a testimony of a nun saying she decided to become a nun when she heard of Father Donovan’s cruel fate.  I imagine he must have been one of the very many who were kidnapped for ransom at that time in Manchukuo.

 

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