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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Dean....Too Catholic for me, 3 Jan 2014
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I was amazed and delighted by Dean's book 'Life Expectancy'...the first novel of his that I read, and one of the best novels by anyone that I have read (and I have read thousands, from many different languages (in translation). I then went on to read all of Dean's other books, and carried on pre-ordering each one as they were published once I had exhausted the previously published titles. I noticed that as Dean aged, Christianity crept in a few times, as well as Golden Retrievers (angels?), but because I so admired Dean's writing and his ability to help us all value 'good' over 'evil', I carried on... The Odd Thomas books were amazing, to start with (have they lost their way a bit?)... but I was terribly disappointed by 'Innocence'. Although I am not a Catholic nor even a Christian, I live my life with as much kindness to others and as much grace as I can manage, but this story which is so obviously a parable of religious christianity was a step too far for me. I respect and admire Dean very much, but felt unable to share the beliefs he requires of the reader of this novel.
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Initial post: 18 Jan 2014 02:51:12 GMT
bigt says:
too many golden retrievers,and the main characters are too nice,you want them to get their heads kicked in,but they allways win.Dean you are too nice,you keep us reading,but bring some bastards in ,or maybe I,m talking crap.Love you deano

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Posted on 25 Aug 2014 23:21:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Aug 2014 23:23:10 BDT
Peter says:
"Although I am not a Catholic nor even a Christian, I live my life with as much kindness to others and as much grace as I can manage, but this story which is so obviously a parable of religious christianity was a step too far for me. I respect and admire Dean very much, but felt unable to share the beliefs he requires of the reader of this novel."

Strange that you read supernatural/fantasy fiction yet feel you have to 'share the beliefs' of a book?

The only concept you are asked to accept in this fiction novel is the idea of original sin, which yes is a Christian concept, though also features in Judaism (and arguably Islam). You are not expected to accept a Christian or Catholic God, only the implied idea of a creator with the foresight to have a plan B. There are two clearly Catholic characters one, the guardian/friend, is a good person but clearly not perfect and he confesses to human errors (killing unarmed enemies?), the second an Archbishop who not only studies and admires the work of a depraved murderer, but (we are told or it is strongly inferred) furthered his career by covering up child/sexual abuse committed by his juniors - is these the unacceptable 'beliefs' you talk of?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2014 15:46:40 BDT
TheJennifer says:
Hello Peter
Thank you for highlighting my need(?) to 'share the beliefs'.... maybe that is my envy taking over my rationality... I meant only the belief in a 'creator'. For some time now I feel that a lot of Dean's work has religious overtones that didn't used to be there before. Maybe because I am an atheist (with Buddhist leanings) I notice it, and it doesn't always seem to sit quite naturally , in my view.
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