casting the gods adrift
May 25, 2011 1 Comment
I’ve been meaning to praise Geraldine McCaughrean’s Casting the Gods Adrift, which is what we’re currently reading for family book time. I have yet to read a book by McCaughrean I don’t want to praise. She’s so good at finding the dramatic angle. And my wife describes her writing as "liquid prose."
After the missus read us a chapter at the end of dinner, I was acknowledging the author’s ability to make me care about Pharaoh Akhenaten‘s “heresy” — emphasizing that it’s difficult for me to imagine caring about these gods I don’t believe in.
Not-quite-5-year-old Benjamin said, "You don’t believe in the Egyptian gods? I do!"
"And do you believe in the Greek gods?" I asked.
"Yes," said Benjamin, "but He didn’t say the other gods don’t exist; He just said that you can’t have any gods before Him!"
Serves me right for teaching him the Bible. So — will he be a biblical scholar or a lawyer?