The Clowns of God (Vatican Trilogy) Paperback – 1 Jun 2004
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Outlining these beliefs and trying to bring it to the readers attention, can at times be very difficult for many writers. Obviously, not everyone has the same beliefs and this can be an underpinning hardship that needs to be overcome. Writers need to write in such a manner that draws its intended audiences attention but at the same time doesn’t overdramatise or try and force religious ideas upon someone.
Not just with its story or language but also with the passion it can engender, Clowns of God is one such book. Possibly the situation is rather out-of-date now, with geopolitical associations entirely reorganized. Nevertheless, when the novel was initially produced some decades before, the type of doomsday developments it pointed to was not all that improbable. Numerous people who lived throughout the Cold War will remember the prevalent apprehension caused as a result of the lunacy of “Mutual Assured Destruction - MAD” presumptions.
Situated in the heart of the Catholic Church, the novel dejectedly loses some of its power and forte when interpreted by other religious communities not familiar with the Catholic faith. Unfortunate but unavoidable, as the theological foundations are seen as significant contributions to the story. In short, while the Western World along with the Communist World compete for superiority, a grain shortage within the Soviet Union provides the West a salvation with the aim of being used to assist or obliterate.Read more ›
Whatsup Beth is right when she(?) says the geopolitical situation of the plot has changed but I do not think that undermines the issues raised by the book, ie how would the Christian church authorities and self professed believers in Christ react to "the second coming", what would the likes of the TV evangelists, like Jerry Falwell, say when confronted with the son of god again incarnate? Would those who claim to claim to live their lives according to Christian values believe him? Would they take his message on board or would they condemn him and try to ignore or silence him because he is an effective and inconvenient political agitator who challenges their way of life? And, taking religion out of it, does humankind, believer, agnostic or atheist, have the ability to rise above personal interest when the very ground beneath his/her feet is in danger?
In itself it is a good story and, if you want to take it to another level, it asks some interesting questions about one's own openess.
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Product is exactly what I wanted and has proven to be as good as I wanted it to be.Published 9 months ago by Lashieloo
Not one of his best. The story stretches credulity and is told like a spy thriller. A sort of Jeffrey Archer set in the Vatican. In truth I didn't finish it.Published 11 months ago by P J Spragg
I was surprised that the book was in such good condition considering its age. Very pleased with it. Brilliant story, quite unsettling!Published 22 months ago by June McA (East Sussex)
A very good book in very good condition. This was well written and very readable. This is a good author.Published on 9 Feb. 2013 by Kindle Customer