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Our Lady of the Forest Kindle Edition
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The book is at times clever and at times funny but it doesn't consistently keep the interest as well as Snow Falling on Cedars or East of the Mountains. It skips between a few characters but doesn't interweave them skilfully enough. Some start to get interesting then disappear and some come back at odd moments. Also, none of the characters are likeable, which always detracts from a novel's pleasure. Overall 3.5 stars.
Written in a fast and jumpy fashion with quick wit and repartee this book is formed around the visions experienced by Ann in her fevered, ill and dangerous state. Whether you take her seriously or dismiss the visions immediately the story carries you along with the mounting excitement and hope that her mission gathers up. The desperate need for others to help her carry out the instructions of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the driving force that grabs the community and changes life in that place forever. Father Collins keeps a cool head and manfully stands up to the Grand Inquisitor type older priest who arrives to check her out.
Unusual in content with a great deal of the Catholic faith and creed acted out for the reader this is a heavier weight read. Personally I ground through it rather although the end was very clever indeed and made the struggle through worthwhile.
Another point of interest is the way that Guterson portrays the mass hysteria that religious visions have created around the world over the years. Guterson does this wryly and there are a number of humorous turns of phrase when the visionaries legions of followers flock to North Fork.
This novel then is suspenseful and engaging enough (just)to see it through its 300 + pages. However, like the views of other reviewers indicate, this novel may have worked better as a novella.
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