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The Devil's Labyrinth
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posted by Anonymous on May 6, 2008Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 6, 2008
Don't judge your opinion of John Saul as a writer by this novel, which is uncharacteristically poor for him. He's written much better. For example, try the Manhattan Hunt Club. I realize Saul does not spend a lot of time with characterization, which means most of the people in his story lines fit into one tight little description. It's his fast-paced, intriguing plot lines that make his novels such page turners. So I tried not to get annoyed by his worn-out characterization of the grieving widow who is completely helpless without a big, strong man by her side, even though it felt insulting to all those women who carry on quite effectively raising their families and taking care of the homefront while their spouses are off serving their country. However, Saul's tired old theme of cold, harsh, and highly demented Catholic priests and nuns--although later we find out one of them is a demented Muslim-- has left me equally tired. My guess is that he had some bad experience with a leader in the Catholic church that he can't seem to get past. Are we to believe that the typical priest or nun would not think it odd that at least three seemingly normal teenagers, one who has lived at St. Isaacs for four years, are all in the clutches of the devil and need to be exorcised? Saul's plot lines often ask the reader to let go a bit on credulity, but this one is just way over the top. I'd pass on this one.
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Posted December 5, 2007