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Re: A Pilgrim Stranger

I just finished A Pilgrim Stranger and found it to be an excellently-paced story and an enjoyable satire. It focuses on the disparity between a more traditional approach to life and the largely-unquestioned assumptions of modernity. I loved the way it pokes fun at what we have become and are becoming. The characters are fully formed, especially the fascinating character of Alfredo Salgado. The novel begins in 1981, with Salgado as a very intelligent and no-nonsense young teenager who has been raised by his aunt as a devout traditionalist Catholic. He refuses to accept the assumptions of the modern world around him. Years later, we see Salgado interacting under very strange circumstances with a world that has proceeded along the accelerating path of "progress". The novel highlights the contradictions inherent in many of the assumptions we hold dear.

The novel begins slowly (appropriately so) and gradually picks up pace. It ends on an unsentimentally touching note that demonstrates the power of grace. It certainly held my attention from beginning to end. At over 300 pages, it looked on the longish side at first, but it was presented in such an engaging way that I read through it very quickly. Samuels skill with plot and character are very much on display here. If you're anything like me, you may recognize yourself or others you know in his characters. I could not recommend the book more, whether one is Catholic or not, religious or not.

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Re: A Pilgrim Stranger

It's an excellent book. Mark's artistry is still evolving.
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Re: A Pilgrim Stranger

It's still on my short list of books to read. I'll get around to it eventually.

"In a less scientific age, he would have been a devil-worshipper, a partaker in the abominations of the Black Mass; or would have given himself to the study and practice of sorcery. His was a religious soul that had failed to find good in the scheme of things; and lacking it, was impelled to make of evil itself an object of secret reverence."

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Re: A Pilgrim Stranger

Reading this now, and enjoying it very much. I can't wait to see where Mark goes with this.

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