Sir Walter Scott is an author with a tough style. Tough I said; but thoroughly enjoyable. His books are no paperback novels. He will take us to the medieval age in his slow moving train. I am a slow reader and I enjoy his writing word by word. I would recommend that the prequel 'The Monastery' should be read along with this book.
Wow. Excellent prediction by Forster and it is unbelievable that he was able to see this decadence in human social development, even in 1909.
Well. We have almost reached that stage. Mom talking to kids far away through facebook and skype is a reality. People do not have time to see friends and they prefer talking to them through social media. We no longer move out most of the time. Soon we will all be 'lumps of flesh' in hexagonal cubicles.
Humans. Wake up from this disastrous nightmare. Fight net addiction. Let us all meet real people in real time in the good old fasioned way.
God is a super being existing in an entirely different dimension. He does not harbour human emotions like anger, revenge and he would definitely not punish people. This book portrays God as a tyrant who is out to destroy everyone who he considers against Him. This cannot be.
This book preaches violence. The old testament condones stoning people, beheading and other barbarism.
In the new teatament at least, a decent person (the only one)like Jesus stands against such barbaric practices. So one can read the new testament even with all it's impossibilities. Never read O.T which is a study in horror and uncivility.
Adultery has ruined many lives. Whether it it was 17th century or 21st century there is nothing to glorify adultery. There is nothing prejudical if you condemn wayward behaviour that brings ruin to happy homes. This book is a lesson against wrong behaviour.