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Keys of the Kingdom by A. J. Cronin

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Hardcover.  No dust jacket, Fair Condition, sixth edition, 1944 Ryerson Press, 344 Pages, 

Francis Chisholm is a compassionate and humble priest whose vocation emerged from a crucible of suffering. His parents were murdered in anti-Catholic riots in Scotland, his guardians mistreat him, and his sweetheart commits suicide. He is sent to China where he establishes a flourishing Catholic mission amid desperate poverty, civil war, plague, and the hostility of his superiors. Recognized as A.J. Cronin's best novel,  The Keys of the Kingdom is a gripping and thoughtful tale of a man called to do good in an imperfect world.