Okay, I was late to read the book. Frankly, it’s not my genre, but the 14-year-old said that I HAD to read it. He reads books I recommend, so that’s fair. Sorry for the meander.
Disturbing. After reading the book (thank God for the last 30 or so pages otherwise I would have been pissed. Tom Hanks has it easy since the character from the book that he will play had absolutely no character. He is primarily the novel’s conduit for a flurry of facts and theory. Oh, and likely “nice.” What does he desire? What makes him happy? Sad? Mad? Tics? Flaws? Who knows. Again, I got off-track.)…
Where was I? Oh yes. The “Church” is getting ready with a series of sermons or talking points–or whatever–to establish the wrongness of the novel.
Wait. Did I type “novel“? That would be a “fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that is unfolded by the actions, speech, and thoughts of the characters.”
And fictional would be: “An imaginative creation or a pretense that does not represent actuality but has been invented“?
Back to disturbing. So, folks are getting their knickers in a knot because there is some fictional story that may be damning to the Christian–especially Catholic–church? Here is some news for the folks with the knotted knickers:
- This is not the first novel–even popular–that has called tenets of the CHurCH into question.
- This book is very kind–if you get to the end–to the characters with strong spiritual beliefs.
- This book is a work of FICTION. No matter how “well-researched.”
It’s a mystery that overlaps with the current world. (Dan Brown references a Tom Cruise movie, like that is meaningful??) Yet, it is fiction. Be entertained, or not, but don’t make fiction into truth.*
* sorry, couldn’t find a good link for “TRUTH”