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Desire and Delight: A New Reading of Augustine's Confessions.

Margaret R. Miles offers insightful analysis in Desire and Delight: A New Reading of Augustine's Confessions (Crossroad, 144 pages, $15.95 hardbound). She looks to the Confessions as a detailed introspection of human happiness, a book about the saint's search for powerful and permanent pleasure. She assumes the reader is familiar with Augustine, and points out features she considers vivid and unique.

She has an annoying habit of using quotation marks for emphasis, a practice particularly surprising in a Harvard professor. However, this book will alert the reader, as it did its author, to the presence Augustine enjoyed, that of the great beauty within the sensuous, sensible world.
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Author:Graham, William C.
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 16, 1993
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