Guides to the Perplexing by S. M. Hutchens

Review

Guides to the Perplexing

The Memoirs of Louis Bouyer: From Youth and Conversion to Vatican II, the Liturgical Reform, and After
J. Pepino, trans.
French ed., Éditions du Cerf, 2014;
English trans., Angelico Press, 2015
(272 pages, $19.95, paperback)

Louis Bouyer: Memoirs
J. E. Nash, trans. and annot.
Ignatius Press, 2015
(304 pages, $18.95, paperback)

reviewed by S. M. Hutchens

The practical difference between these two concurrently published English-language editions of Bouyer's Mémoires is the number and length of the annotations. That of Angelico Press is very heavily footnoted, bearing the notes of both the French editor and the English translator, while the Ignatius Press edition is more lightly annotated by its translator. Those knowledgeable of modern European culture and the intellectual world of twentieth-century Catholicism may prefer the Ignatius edition, others that of Angelico Press.

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