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A middle-aged, burnt-out journalist is sent to the north of England to do a story about the possible appearance of the Blessed Virgin to a group of children — though this may be a rumor circulated by the government to mask a nuclear accident — or both.

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In Children of Darkness and Light, Mosley takes on what for most novelists has been the most challenging of subjects: a novel directly concerned with religious belief. A middle-aged, burnt-out journalist is sent to the north of England to do a story about the possible appearance of the Blessed Virgin to a group of children, though this may be a rumor initiated by the government to cover up a nuclear disaster. Or both. Out of such conflicting possibilities, Mosley invents a sinister world where nothing is what it seems to be. And as Mosley's narrator moves through the possibilities of half-truths, lies, conspiracies, and betrayals, he himself creates a parallel crisis in his personal life wherein he and his wife are trying to destroy their marriage or save it, or - as we come to expect in Mosley novels - do both at once. And behind all this is the possibility that the narrator - half philosopher and half would-be saint - is little more than a middle-aged man trying to justify his irresponsibility and infidelity behind a shield of wit and irony.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564781512
Author:
Mosley, Nicholas
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Location:
Normal, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Belief and doubt
Subject:
Faith
Subject:
England
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Mary
Subject:
Religious fiction
Subject:
England, Northern
Subject:
Faith -- Fiction.
Subject:
Journalists -- England, Northern -- Fiction.
Subject:
Journalists -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series:
British literature series
Series Volume:
No. 341
Publication Date:
19970731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.02x6.05x.79 in. .85 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In Children of Darkness and Light, Mosley takes on what for most novelists has been the most challenging of subjects: a novel directly concerned with religious belief. A middle-aged, burnt-out journalist is sent to the north of England to do a story about the possible appearance of the Blessed Virgin to a group of children, though this may be a rumor initiated by the government to cover up a nuclear disaster. Or both. Out of such conflicting possibilities, Mosley invents a sinister world where nothing is what it seems to be. And as Mosley's narrator moves through the possibilities of half-truths, lies, conspiracies, and betrayals, he himself creates a parallel crisis in his personal life wherein he and his wife are trying to destroy their marriage or save it, or - as we come to expect in Mosley novels - do both at once. And behind all this is the possibility that the narrator - half philosopher and half would-be saint - is little more than a middle-aged man trying to justify his irresponsibility and infidelity behind a shield of wit and irony.
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