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Black Robe by Brian Moore
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May 17, 2012

really liked it

Moore's short novel provides many thought provoking situations. The faith testing journey of a Jesuit priest, the seductive side of the hedonistic way of life of the Indian people in North America play off of the "forced" conversions of the Catholic Church and the brutality of the Indians towards each other and the Europeans to make a deep, rich novel. There is a lot in this little book.
Moore doesn't make any characters in this novel out to be the ideal. Each character questions their way of life. The priest questions his faith and even falls into sin, but in the end finds that love is the answer. One of the Indians realizes that it is not Christianity that will destroy them but their greed for European goods, muskets, kettles, alcohol etc. no idealistic view of either the priest or Indians.
Yes, vulgar language, sex scenes and graphic violence may make this book in your face, but this is not Disney's Pocahontas.
All-in-all a good read, but I may need some time before reading more by this author.
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