- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Signature Books; 2 edition (November 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560850159
- ISBN-13: 978-1560850151
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,505,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Backslider Paperback – November 1, 1990
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Even before he began to write, Levi S. Peterson “knew that Mormons would be my subject matter. I was an instinctive realist. I wanted to write about people as they really are, and Mormons were the only people I knew from inside out. Moreover, the conflicts I wanted to write about were between belief and disbelief and between sexual impulse and conscience. I found those conflicts in myself, and I detected them among people I knew. So it wasn’t hard to attribute them to fictional Mormons.”
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Top Customer Reviews
The novel's themes of temptation, redemption, religious hypocrisy and cultural pressures are convincing. Neither preachy nor prim in description, the Backslider has an earthy quality that draws the reader in.
Probably a racy story for the average Mormon reader, the Backslider is also somewhat disappointing for the non-Mormon reader as the conclusion includes a seemingly obligatory conversion, thus maintaining the traditional and official Mormon worldview in an otherwise spirited and intrepid narrative. Sigh. But given that this is the premise of the book anyway, and given that the conversion comes across as sympathetic, general readers might do best to suspend judgment on that front and appreciate the book's ultimate visions of faith and love, which are original and very moving indeed.
although it is a book about a young man coming of age in the mormon world, it isn't what you think. it explores the basic tenets of faith in a very gnostic way. i am one of those people who actually believes mormonism should probably be classified as a cult rather than a religion, and yet i still believe the struggles of this man to find his faith mirror those of any searcher who is looking for authentic truth in christianity itself.
powerful characters, timeless wisdom, honest passion, and hey, it's even uproariously funny in places.
no spoilers for me, just read the book. you'll be glad you did.
The main theme is the battle btw the hero's apocalyptic and world-denying religious impulse and his love of living, sex, work and cows. The first is associated with his vegetarian mother, a bitter lady, and his gentle effeminate brother who ultimately (after helping out gelding cattle) goes nuts and castrates himself. The second is associated with some of the worldly Mormons like his down-to-earth bishop, and with the teenage girl he knocks up and marries, a country-music-rodeo evangelical who dreams of a cowboy Jesus.
This main theme is simplistic -- especially toward the end as the resolution becomes predictable -- which I guess is why a novel like this is not seen as a great novel. But the major and minor characters are unusually interesting and are embedded in a rich social context. (You learn a lot about Utah society without any didactic passages.)