Saturday, August 23, 2008

Knowledge of Angels by Jill Paton Walsh

First sentence:

"Suppose you are contemplating an island."


"Capturing the mood of William Golding's haunting medieval love story, The Spire, Knowledge Of Angels is a suspenseful fable set on a mythical island in the time of the Inquisition, a time of unquestionable and unquestioned faith and unmerciful justice. The fable spins a tale of two outcasts: a wild, flesh-eating wolf child and a foreign prince, captured separately and taken to the cardinal prince of the island. The wolf girl is remanded to a nunnery, where her caretakers are ordered to teach her to speak but not to speak of God, so that the cardinal can ask her if God exists. On her answer depends the life of the heretic prince, condemned because he does not believe in God. The federal creature and the elegant paladin are used as pawns by the town's religious council to answer the question of whether or not believing in God is an inherent part of being human."

My thoughts:

This was a beautifully written and thought-provoking book about conscience, faith, and being true to one's beliefs. I liked the conversations between Palinor, Benedictx and Cardinal Severo as well as the ones between Josefa and the wolf-child Amara.

Date read: 8/14/2008
Book #: 53
Challenges: Summer Reading Thing Challenge 2008, Man Booker Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0395686660
ISBN-13: 9780395686669
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Year: 1994
# of Pages: 268
Binding: Trade Paperback
LibraryThing Page

1 comment:

Tracee said...

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