on 4 April 2015
Richard Alderman becomes a born-again Christian and when his teenage son gets a girl pregnant he tries to move heaven and earth to stop an abortion taking place. The family home changes character, especially when his other son is converted too. The agnostic son is thrown out of home because of his loose moral standards. The father 'helps' people connected with the church until one of his female clients becomes pregnant and claims he is the father. The born-again son kills his father on religious grounds (Leviticus - stoning adulterers?).
The Sunday Times calls this 'venomously accurate' as a description of the US moral, majority's hypocrisy. It was a 'good read' though a more accurate novel about the moral majority might tackle the-more subtle, insidious effects of this movement as it affects attitudes, politics and minority groups rather than just concentrating on one family. It shows, however, the danger such religion can have on a small scale. It would be more horrifying if it were more wide-ranging.
on 12 January 2012
When Arthur's brother becomes seriously ill, his parents pray around his hospital bed for his recovery. His Father is convinced that God heard his prayers and so becomes a Born Again Christian. As time goes by, Arthur becomes more distant from his Father, whilst his brother, being younger, is more easily influenced. Arthur's Mother is caught between all members of her family and tries to keep the peace.
This novel is enhanced by being slower paced, as it gives time for the characters and their relationships to really develop beautifully. Arthur is so calm and level-headed as life and the people he cares for seem to cause him constant problems, but he also has some solid people to depend on, his Grandmother and next door neighbor who are always on his side and give him constant support. The characters and their relationships are what make this book, but it also has a solid story and a terrific ending.