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- File Size : 2315 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 223 pages
- Publication Date : August 16, 2016
- Publisher : Diversion Books (August 16, 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07H14FZLY
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #955,962 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This statement applies to a Thomas Berger novel Meeting Evil in which the protagonist, John Felton, a repressed ninny who tries to follow the rules, succumbs to his evil side. One of Berger's more tautly written novels, this is fast-paced and shows a man whose adherence to convention, without moral conviction, makes him vulnerable to his evil impulses.
Berger explores the very same theme in his famous Neighbors and his less famous The Houseguest.
All 3 novels are highly recommended.
Our hero here makes one bad decision after another and instead of embarrassment faces death for himself and his family.
File this one under the "you-won't-be-able-to-put-it-down-until-it's finished" category.
These guys tend to be uncomfortable with any kind of confrontation. This tendency makes pleasers easy prey for the killer instincts of a guy like Richie.
This is not a mystery, a “who done it” type. What it is, however, is a coming of age story. I’m reminded of John Kekes book, “Facing Evil”. This book talks about “false hope” and the “vulnerability of good lives”. Only when John faces evil does he truly embrace his center.
“Meeting Evil” is a drama by an author who understands both sides of the equation. In a book of barely three chapters this fast paced drama unfolds with lightening speed and moment to moment exhilaration.
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John seems unable to take the opportunities he comes upon to escape from the sticky web of complicity that Ritchie weaves. John tries and fails to understand the enormity of what has happened to him. Too often supine, too cowardly to challenge his tormentor, he tries and fails to cling to his perception of common morality – becoming a pawn in Ritchie’s games, even allowing Ritchie to dictate what happens.
Is Ritchie evil? Is Ritchie mentally afflicted? One draws the conclusion reluctantly that there is such a thing as pure wickedness in a guise for which there is no answer. John ultimately sees the truth.
One cannot really admit to enjoying this book – it is far too discomforting. The praise given in the introduction by Jonathan Lethem seems specious to me since one cannot really take into account the impossibly cruel nature of Ritchie’s activities. Does the reader have an obligation to try to understand evil? Lethem comes close to doing so, but in the end the nature of the beast we meet in this novel is beyond understanding because his actions lead only to revulsion.
Ritchie is deeply memorable - and the more so in the light of the analysis of the roots of violence I've just been reading in The Better Angels of Our Nature. Ritchie absolutely personifies a different way of life based on hair-trigger responsiveness to insult and injury with a complete disregard of the institutions of the state (not that that is quite how he would put it, in the section of the book that takes him as the central character).
For me, this really delivered - and I'd very strongly recommend it to others.