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“Excellent collection of short stories. . . . This is a beautiful book.”
 

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David Bentley Hart is a philosopher, theologian, writer, and cultural commentator who has taught at the University of Virginia, Duke University, and Providence College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802817688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802817686
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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I believe C.S. Lewis once defended his turn to fiction by noting that fiction is a much more compelling and subversive means by which to affect and influence an audience's thinking, as opposed to overt theological reflection. David Bentley Hart seems to be taking a similar tack.

As an avid fan of Hart's non-fiction work, I was extremely curious how his foray into fiction would turn out. Based on some of his imaginative and creative essays at First Things, along with the ingenuity as a wordsmith on display in his theological writing and other works, I was expecting great things and wasn't disappointed.

The titular novella is the piece in this volume that is the most quintessentially Hartian, I would say. Employing heavy chunks of dialogue -- as he does through much of this collection, but especially here -- Hart cleverly places concepts, intentions and values in the mouth of his devil which he finds to be in some manner distasteful or false, but which can nonetheless be defended eloquently and rationally. Hart's prose is often opulent, but it was particularly florid and decadent in this piece, serving to accentuate the fantastic conceit of having a devil as long-time friend, as well as all the trappings of high culture. Along with Hart's devil, the character of Pierre Gernet is also highly memorable because of the vivid portrayal of his pure soul, his tragic end, and the supernatural significance of the events surrounding it.

'The House of Apollo' is another fascinating tale that features Julian the Apostate as a central character. The piece depicts Julian's impotent attempts to restore the pagan gods of antiquity to their former glory, after "the Galileans" and their God had already driven them out and displaced them.
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When I first heard that the inimitable David Bentley Hart was publishing a collection of short stories I was almost as excited as when I heard that Hart is publishing a (still forthcoming) translation of the New Testament. Hart is a Greek Orthodox theologian and classicist. He authored the staggering book, Atheist Delusions, a few years back, for which he won the Michael Ramsey Prize. He is also a frequent contributor to First Things, where he is currently authoring the concluding article for each issue. Furthermore, his The Doors of the Sea is one of the more erudite and provocative takes on theodicy that I have ever seen.

Hart is an intellectual who writes theology and history and observations with a certain literary flourish that stops just short of being pretentious but just after the point of establishing his brilliance as a thinker and writer. He is a wordsmith with a keen sense of insight and perception. I almost never read him when I don't come away bettered by the experience.

The thought of DBH writing fiction seemed only natural to me when I first heard of it, and it was with bated breath that Mrs. Richardson and I dove into the collection which we finished just a couple of days ago. The Devil and Pierre Gernet is vintage Hart: lush and occasionally recondite writing that never leads the reader so far afield that they cannot see at least the shadows of the intended gist. I kept thinking of Umberto Eco while reading Hart's fiction, an analogy that he perhaps would not appreciate given his recent piece on Eco, self-explanatorily entitled "The Inertia of Reputation.
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Well, I discovered the devil has as big of a vocabulary as David Bentley Hart, who would have thought? :) This book resulted in well over 100 words added to my vocabulary builder on my kindle and those were only the ones I looked up. It was a bit obnoxious. The worst part was reading his descriptions of the physical surroundings; he would occasionally carry on and on, and well, it was rather hard to visualize; since I would need to look up every other word to even know what he was describing or the definition of adjectives being used to color objects known.
But with those complaints aside, there was much beauty, emotion and depth within these pages. The "A Voice from the Emerald World" completely wrecked me, when I finished my cheeks were wet with tears and I walked through my house in a daze. "The Ivory Gate" actually resulted in the following nights being filled with dreams more vivid and rich. Every story Hart wrote stirred within me the desire to write something myself.
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Okay, I'll 'fess up. I did need the dictionary from time to time. DBH has a somewhat broader vocabulary than I.

This is just fun reading. While it's fundamentally different from all his other great stuff, it still has his distinct fingerprints all over it. If you like David Bentley Hart, you'll enjoy The Devil and Pierre Gernet. And, if you're like me, you'll need a few readings to begin to dig beneath the surface.
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He is an evocative writer, a bit verbose, but only a bit, and do not let that stop you from reading his short works. Imaginative, interesting and relevant for our spirit's hunger to see and grow wondrously.
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