Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Philosopher's Apprentice

The Philosopher's Apprentice is the latest of James Morrow's salvos against the forces of fundamentalism. Now normally I love this books unconditionally. Morrow is a amazingly gifted writer and in my case he is very much preaching to the choir. However this time around I have some mixed feelings.

My main complaint is that Morrow has finally written a novel in which the moralizing runs away with the story. Granted that's sort of inevitable when the protagonist of the story is a failed philosopher turned ethics teacher. But the story is quite good when it is given a chance to exist apart from the author's preaching.

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