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Q by Luther Blissett
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Apr 22, 2008

it was amazing
Read in March, 2008

This book covers the era when Martin Luther nailed up his criticism of the corruption of the Catholic Church, the early 1500's. It was a time when the peasants started to protest their treatment by the brigands, who called themselves nobles, and the torturers who maintained moral and civil law, who called themselves the Church. The entire book is written from the point of a young university student who must change his identity every time he gets in trouble with the two power factions running Germany. The story is very gritty. You are there in the mud and cold fighting local louts outside the inn where you've been drinking. You are stunned to find out the nobles know what your fighters are up to and have arrived with cannons. You gradually figure out there is some very clever traitor giving away your friends' secret plans and no matter where you run he's following you. You find paradise on earth in a commune in Holland where the pretty girls sleep with anyone, even you, a tired old man at 40. The story goes on and on and you have no desire to see it end. It's expertly written, enthralling. The book bounces around between the letters the traitor writes to a supremely evil ambitious cardinal and the attempts of the hero to fight this system of subjugation city by city, farm by farm. Read it.
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