Strangers and Sojourners
An epic novel set in the rugged interior of British Columbia, the first volume of a trilogy which traces the lives of four generations of a family of exiles. Beginning in 1900, and concluding with the climactic events leading up to the Millennium, the series follows Anne and Stephen Delaney and their descendants as they live through the tumultuous events of this century.
The story of Anne's life and her search for something greater - the reader knows it is God whom she seeks, but Anne takes a very long time to come around to this fact - is epic in scale. It contains some gems. I lo ...more
pg. 439-440: Ashley argues, "Nathaniel is going to be raised free. Free to think and be whatever he chooses. No one is going to mold him." "Everyone is molded," says his mother [Anne]. "We choose what to ...more
But the 99% rest of the book -- two wounded people who meet, marry, and live a marriage of solitude -- is heartbreakingly beautiful and well worth the read.
Best guess, I read this back in 2005, possibly 2004, and I was honestly a bit young to really appreciate it. I recall being distressed at the trials and problems between the couple, as well as the isolation that is inherent.
Excellent atmosphere and it gives an intimate illustration of one marriage, in all its beauty and tragedy.
'And is there harm in that?' he wondered, holding her imperciptibly tighter in the big hands.
'No harm if we're not shattered', she said.
'But how would you know it's safe if you don't allow it to happen?'
'How can I allow it to happen if I don't know it's safe?...You will be hurt, she thought. You too will break a ...more
"Most of the novels can be read independently of the others. However, the first three listed below are best read in sequence since they deal with the saga of a single family, in order as follows:
1) Strangers and Sojourners (1997)
2) Eclipse of the Sun (1998)
3) Plague Journal (1999)
4) Father Elijah: an apocalypse ...more
As a Catholic writer ...more
I feel like it is a book full of potential that was never properly edited, polished, or developed. The protagonist, a woman named Anne, is i ...more
To give a basic plot description would not do justice to it. In a way this book is bigger on the inside-- there is so much more going on beneath and beyond a basic plot description. A book of immense interiority, with great insights into our world and the human condition.
It is, among other things, a meditation on or reflection of chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation, and ...more
The themes of the trilogy (Children of the Last Days) are all embedded in this story, linking them with the fabric of all lives and the story of humanity.
This may be read and re-read.