Wednesday, 21 October 2015
The Witch Hunters.
I do not know if it is a by product or side effect of having been brought up a catholic but I find religious fervor or hysteria terrifying. Just as for the sake of love people will do the most inhumane things in the name of religion.It is like some constantly mutating virus that devours its host. A human stew and the secret ingredient is madness.This novel does not shy away from such notions and is all the stronger for it. I found the plight of one of the central characters to be so engaging and scary that it took me out of that comfort zone that usually comes with books outside of the regular canon. The writing was so strong I remembered this was actual human history and the real cost that came in human life. The Doctor struggles to do the right thing, trying to balance his responsibility to the web of time and his duty of care to these human beings he spends so much time with. I felt genuinely moved and like his companions hoping for things not to end the way I knew they had to.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller( Norma Jean's Himbo.) is a timeless piece of work whose major themes are almost transferable to any era it is revived in and the text of that play is more than just referenced. I believe all the victims of this particular witch hunt were granted posthumous amnesties generations after their brutal treatment and terrifying executions.
I do not believe the dead care about such things.
Only the living can learn.