Knowledge of Angelsby Jill Paton Walsh, Jill P. Walsh
Praised by Ursula K. Le Guin as a "disturbing and beautiful novel of ideas," Knowledge Of Angels is an absorbing read that explores timeless conflicts between tolerance and moral certainty, between loving kindness and murderous cruelty. Capturing the mood of William Golding's haunting medieval love story, The Spire, Knowledge Of Angels is a suspenseful fable set on a mythical island in the time of the Inquisition, a time of unquestionable and unquestioned faith and unmerciful justice. The fable spins a tale of two outcasts: a wild, flesh-eating wolf child and a foreign prince, captured separately and taken to the cardinal prince of the island. The wolf girl is remanded to a nunnery, where her caretakers are ordered to teach her to speak but not to speak of God, so that the cardinal can ask her if God exists. On her answer depends the life of the heretic prince, condemned because he does not believe in God. The federal creature and the elegant paladin are used as pawns by the town's religious council to answer the question of whether or not believing in God is an inherent part of being human.
"[Its] lapidary prose leads the enchanted and unsuspecting reader from escapism to self- scrutiny."The New Yorker.
"An illuminated and illuminating book [that] advances to a brilliant and relentless conclusion."New York Newsday.
"A novel set in a time and place other than the here and now, but a novel of importance to the here and now-one that prompts us to grapple with the great questions of trust, faith, understanding. A soul-compelling book that will touch many readers deeply."Robert Coles, author of The SpiritualLife Of Children.
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Picked for a book club discussion that lasted for hours, Walsh poses questions about how a wolf child or a stranger can prove the existence of God. It is powerful and haunting- the ending, ironically shocking and bittersweet. I highly recommend this book.