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Book Title: The Blind Side of the Heart|
The author of the book: Michael C. White
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Reader ratings: 5.4
Edition: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of issue: January 23rd 2001
ISBN 13: 9780060932350
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 12.45 MB
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"Magna est veritas et praevalebit, Margaret." he said, something he'd said any number of timea before. Great is truth and it prevails.
A courtroom drama. Tough lawyers. Shady characters. An allegedly pedophile priest. A secret forbidden love. We've been reading church scandal stories of like this in the newspaper especially in the US. I am sure this happens in the Philippines but this kind of news normally does not land on the front page of our broadsheets though. Nevertheless, I'd say very timely relevant novel.
Massachusets, 1997-1999. A 52-y/o Catholic priest, Father John "Jack" Devlin is charged first with sexual abuse by his former altar boys, the brothers, Bobby and Russell Roby. The crime supposedly happened 15 years ago. Father Jack insists on his innocent but got a very bad court trial so he had no choice but to accept the prosecutor's bargain to get a lower penalty, i.e., 4-year instead of life imprisonment. He insists on his innocence though. While serving the 4-year term, another case comes up - the second one - this time for the murder of another former altar boy, Justin, the boy he felt like a biological father to. If proven guilty, he could face life imprisonment. During all these, Father Jack's devoted housekeeper, 48-y/o, Margaret "Maggie" Quinn, his housekeeper for 15 years, loyally stood by his side. Maggie has her own dark past and she created her own little fantasy world having Father Jack and Justin as her husband and own child. Thus, the title. Margaret blindly accepts what Father Jack does. For she is in love with Father Jack.
In those real, as well as in this book's, cases the question is always: is it true?. Just like in the book, most people (including the jury), always side with the abuse. In the book, Father Jack never quivered on his innocence. Neither for the sexual assault nor for the murder. It seems to me that he is just fond of being with his boys. As a father (good that I do not have a son and there is no altar girls in the Philippines), I must admit that I could not understand this. The book does not help me also as it does not offer the reason why Father Jack is like that. Regarding the truth, White chose to stay on gray (1 star less). I also thought that the book could be more interesting if White did a Capote (another star less). What the latter did in his In Cold Blood, clearly presenting the psychological side of the killers is an unnerving eye-opener.
However, White chose to present his novel in the perspective of Maggie, the household help. Quite unexpected but I would say interesting. Maggie's fantasy world where his husband is Father Jack and her son is Justin. Then the love in her heart for them is pictured in her dream as a white bird fluttering its wings.
In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti...
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One woman’s journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening
After receiving the devastating news of her son’s death, Elizabeth ekes out a lonely and strained relationship with her husband, Zach. While he takes comfort in support groups, Elizabeth becomes withdrawn and seeks solace from the only thing that helps her forget: alcohol. A chance meeting with a man on the side of the road spurs her to travel cross-country to the site of her son’s death in the hope of understanding what had happened.
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