The Blasphemer
Reviewed by- linda (2011/04/03, 05:30 PM)
(3.5 stars) This novel has multiple layers and threads and examines some thought provoking topics. Farndale explores the concept of cowardice and bravery. With two parallel threads he contrasts a present day cowardly act where judgment is private and limited in scope with a cowardly act in war time where the consequences are public and punishable by death. His descriptions of battles being fought in WWI are extremely vivid and well written; he captures the chaos, the fear and disorientation of soldiers and makes the reader feel the impact of the lives lost. For me, this thread was the stronger of the two main themes; compelling, suspenseful, informative and emotionally engaging. Interesting, but not quite as well developed is the author’s exploration of religion vs. science. The main character, Daniel is a scientist and an atheist who believes there is a scientific explanation for everything. His search for answers to an unusual personal experience provides a nice backdrop to examine this concept. Personally I would have preferred more debate on this issue; still it was interesting and stimulated as presented. The book opens in the present day and grabs you immediately. However, this thread becomes muddied and confusing - too many characters-too much happening- with no closure or resolution on many things.Back.

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