Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ben Elton's latest

I don't know if you have managed to get hold of Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion yet, but, if not, as a consolation prize, try getting your hands in the meantime on Ben Elton's latest: Blind Faith. It seems to me to correspond, in fictional terms, to Dawkins' magnum opus, and also, incidentally (?!), a follow-up, revision or update to George Orwell's 1984 (which sadly not only needed updating because, having a year as its title, it suddenly became passe when that year finished, but also because of the intervening presence of the internet, blogs, Google and Facebook, all of which it features!). The librarian did not like it: too much "gloom and doom" for her taste, and "not as funny" as his others, but it does contain elements of very, very dark, bitter, 'black' comedy... although with a sadly tragic, while still hopeful, end! It envisions a post-apocalyptic world (After the Flood) in which the "fundies", i.e. anyone who believes in anything, a faith incorporating elements from Christianity, Asian religions and the New Age, have well and truly taken over, and science has become officially illegal!!! Anyone who dares to think for themselves and follow reason rather than faith had better beware...!!! Do yourself a favor: I know you will love it; I did, and also found it powerfully moving, especially at the end... Enuff said! ;-))

P.S. Ironically blogging this, despite Elton's warning about the futility of blogs, since "no one reads them anyway"! lol


Blogger Hermgirl said...

Well, I read this. Heeheehee!

8:55 am  

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