He is cursed to know neither friends nor enemies, love or hate, or any judgment from society. Then he meets someone who is different. Inexplicably, she can judge him, sympathize with him - even show concern. Mark's solitary life now has someone reaching to him. Is she divine? Has she been sent to relieve him of his curse? Or has he failed to redeem himself? All he knows is that he must follow her, obey her, and find out how she can lead him to redemption.
This work of literary fiction with modest religious overtones is set in the inner city, but tells a tale that is, at its core, about the human view of judgment and salvation.
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Pressler shows amazing depth in his first published novel, whose principal character is Cain (yes, that Cain) living in a modern day urban setting. Pressler weaves a spellbinding tale of this biblical character, immortal, and condemned by his one sin to remain in purgatory for the rest of his days. Cain's current lot in life is the on-site manager of a run down and rat-infested apartment building. This is also the relatable story of a man, detached from society and looking for interaction, unable to find human connection no matter the good he does. Each chapter begins with these profound excepts from "The Book of Cain" (not this novel but another book, the significance of which is explained in the Epilogue. One of my favorite entries (although they are all rather profound and speak to the human condition: Chapter XXV "Humanity's vile traits are broad and varied, but the most noxious of them is the capacity to be indifferent. Indifference is a higher function than merely the choice of fight or flight; it is a willful effort to not react, to disregard the value of a situation. It is a willful blinding of that third eye looking for compassion, justice, or morality. Man might be the only creature that chooses to ignore its senses. Perhaps this is the product of sin, but I think it is just a separate sin." - The Book of Cain, Vol. II, page 33 Once I picked the book up, I finished it in less than two days. Loved it. Can't wait for the next work by this author,