Continuing the visionary journey begun in Ishmael, Quinn writes a remarkable and provocative novel of the antichrist and the hidden history of the world. When Jared Osborne, a priest of the Laurentians (an order devoted to standing watch against the coming of the antichrist) is sent to Europe to investigate an itinerant preacher known only as "B", ...
Continuing the visionary journey begun in Ishmael, Quinn writes a remarkable and provocative novel of the antichrist and the hidden history of the world. When Jared Osborne, a priest of the Laurentians (an order devoted to standing watch against the coming of the antichrist) is sent to Europe to investigate an itinerant preacher known only as "B", he soon finds himself an anguished collaborator in the dismantling of his own religious foundations.
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I've read and re-read this book numerous times. What an awesome story teller Quinn is! He actually opens one's mind and has you living in the book with the characters, believing that anything is possible.
Aug 9, 2007
One of the most eyeopening books I've ever read. Daniel Quinn is a brilliant man and if enough people would follow suit to his ideas there would to a total cultural revolution. The plot was rather typical for the way Quinn write but the ideas that you'll gather from his books is undeniably valid. This book is so interesting that I was unable to put it down until I had finished cover to cover. I couldn't recommend this book any higher.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-10-07 Quinn returns to fiction after a five-year hiatus with a sequel of sorts to Ishmael, winner of the Turner Tomorrow Award in 1991. Like its controversial predecessor, this book is not really a novel, but an extended Socratic dialogue that promulgates the same animist solutions to global problems that the author recorded last year in his spiritual autobiography, Providence: The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest. The narrator, Jared Osborne, is a priest of the Laurentians, a fictional Roman Catholic order under an ancient, covert mandate to stand watch against the coming of the Antichrist. Although skeptical, Jared is enjoined by his superior to investigate Charles Atterley, an expatriate American preacher known to his followers as "B." Allowing Jared into his inner circle in Munich, B soon dispels both the concern that he is the Antichrist and the shivery intimations of apocalypse that make the opening chapters darkly intriguing. Through long, often numbingly repetitive parables and speeches, B instructs Jared in the solutions to overpopulation, ecological despoliation, cultural intolerance and other ills that have dogged civilization since the time of "the Great Forgetting" 10,000 years ago. B's smug pontificating and his disciples' unquestioning devotion reduces them to interchangeable mouthpieces for Quinn's philosophies. As a result, Jared's spiritual conversion away from Roman Catholicism and toward Quinn-ism, intended to be the book's dramatic high point, falls painfully flat. (Dec.)
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