The Evolution of Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall is a brilliant but brash young artist who has the talent of the old masters and an eye for color . . . and women. But when he runs short of cash, he finds himself torn between illustrating a mural on the origins of man for a natural history museuma tribute to Darwinand illustrating the miracles of Jesus for a display inside a children's hospital called the Heal...more
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Merrill contrasts the feeli ...more
I was really surprised by how well-written this book is. I mean, this thing is literature. The author does a great job of introducing all these elements, characters and details that may seem frustratingly random at the start, but come together beautifully in the book.
Before I started reading it I was a bit concerned with the exploration of evolution in this book- I get irritated when people sla ...more
I may have been partial to it because it is set in San Francisco and after recently visiting there I could picture the areas in the book vividly. That being sa ...more
For me that is just part of its appeal.
While I enjoyed the setting, I really liked
The character development and of course,
the argument of evolution vs creation.
It was fun to see how the main character
did in fact, evolve in his beliefs and what led
I highly recommend this book to seekers
As well as believers.
And what a debut it is. As a reader of ficti ...more
Ok. I bought it, even though it’s a far cry from my usual reading rut.
Its author Keith Merrill’s first attempt at writing, although I was familiar with him as an Academy Award winning movie director/producer. The story was slow to gain my interest, (sometimes my brain w ...more
The story follows the artist Thomas Hall. He is a proclaimed agnostic, because he doesn't believe there is a deity but doesn't feel like he wants to ...more
Much like the main character Merrill is an artist who weaves together the lives of multiple characters that come from different backgrounds and situations. In the forefront you have the slightly eccentric artist with a difficult childhood and his estranged aging father along with a young injured girl and the woman who finds herself responsible for her. Throughout the book the main characters lives are touched by many. Some a ...more
It was easy to dislike Thomas Hall in the beginning: an egocentric artist whose fundamental beliefs wavered like the tides. But his personal "evolution" is necessitated by two dichotomous projects he is hired to complete, challenging everything he never thought of...a ...more
The beginning maybe had a bit too much description that was hard to get through, but the rest of the book made up for it.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It was obviously well researched and I loved the more sophisticated/ intellectual parts. This was the most interesting and captivating LDS book I have read since "The Christmas Jar". Kieth Merrill's varied knowledge is impressive, everything from art, accidents, police pr ...more
What I loved the most was how coming to know Christ was a process for Thomas - an up and down, back and forth process. Even when he thought he believed in Christ, he still had moments of doubt and fear. That's the truth right there. It is like that for most everyone. Often it is portrayed as an "aha" moment and all of a sudden you are a perfect follower of Christ. Life is a process. Learning is a process. Makes sense ...more
Both the character arc of Thomas Hall and the general storyline were somewhat predictable. In fact, the story was quite reminiscent of The Silver Chalice by Thomas Costain. Nevertheless, it was a compelling (and very inspiring) tale of the spiritual awakening and redemption of a gifted artist. His search for the face of Jesus parallels the search for Savior that each of us must make.
I had a few ...more
Thomas is an artist who has been asked to create a mural for a chidren's wing of a hospital in the Bay Area. The new wing is being donated by an annonymous donor, who is very religious. Thomas is not realigious at all. The new wing is called The Healing Place.
This is a journey that Thom ...more
I thought that there was a lot of stuff in the book that just didn't need to be in there, but he ties it all up in the end of the book.
You can tell that Merrill is a director, and not a novelist. The book it's self is actually blocked into scenes, more like ...more
I initially began this book a little skeptical that an academ ...more
Merrill used a two-sided device for this story. 'Evolution' was about his personal change of heart, but also was a diagram of the theory of evo ...more
"The Evolution of Thomas Hall" is his debut novel.