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Grand abstractions at the everyday level.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Descent into Hell (Paperback)
Everyday characters participate in the grand abstractions of good and evil, their lives becoming destroyed or glorified by their willingness or refusal to participate. Williams' notion was that the metaphysical is intimately available to all of us, and the stories he tells challenge the materialistic, amoral view common in our culture (and thus Williams' lack of popularity). The action of many of his other novels make for a good read at any level; Descent into Hell is less adventurous and more philosophical. But his fictional treatments of a young woman's willingness to participate in Eternity, and a man's willingness to succumb to complete degradation of the spirit are both clear and memorable.