Monday, April 18, 2011
Yes, as I turned the very last page of the novel, I noticed something gooey on the back of my leg. Then I noticed it on the couch, too. "What is that?" I smelled it. HONEY. "How in the world did that get there?!?"
The plot really "stuck with me" (haha), and after thinking about it for a few days, I really decided that overall, I didn't love the story. The characters and themes center around a Virgin Mary-figure, and have even formed a cult-like following of Mary as they understand her. I do understand the young girl's craving for a mother figure, but the worship of any other god does not and cannot give fulfillment and joy.
This book was excellently written, but I can't really fully enjoy a plot so heavily ensconced in occultic symbolism. What if it would have been centered around Christ who loves and heals the broken-hearted?