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The Miracle Inspector Paperback – September 4, 2012
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The Miracle Inspector is a blackly comic dystopian novel inspired by my time spent volunteering as a mentor for exiled writers in London through British charity Freedom from Torture.
Rather than try to tell the stories of the people I met, I wondered what it would be like if I had to flee from London without money or possessions. How would I escape? What kind of reception would I get if I arrived somewhere without money or possessions, with little understanding of the culture? How would I know who to trust? That was my starting point. I hope people will finish the book asking some of the questions I started with.
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People seem to disappear if they complain about their lives or the government. Lucas is a government worker tasked with investigating claims of a miracle. He has started worrying about his life & whether his wife Angela really loves him. He seems to be waiting for something to happen but is afraid.
This book reminded me of George Orwell's novel 1984. "Big brother is watching." I had to keep reading to find out how Lucas and Angela's lives changed for better or worse. I was still scratching my head at the end. It really made me think.
Lucas and Angela are a married couple living in London. They both seem unhappy in their marriage although Lucas professes his love for her. Lucas is a Miracle Inspector. When people report the image of Christ or the Blessed Virgin in a pastry he has to go investigate.
Angela desperately wants to escape to Cornwall and eventually Lucas agrees to see if any of his contacts might help them.
A reported case of a miracle brings him to the home of Maureen and her daughter Christina. According to Maureen, Christina can save people. Christina has physical and development problems because of difficulties at birth. She can't talk but if she likes you she smiles.
Lucas is drawn to them He starts to bring Angela to visit so she can sing to Christina. Angela and Maureen become close and they decide that they will all go to Cornwall.
I won't give away the end but it's the best part of the book. It's the women who eventually set off on a journey to Cornwall. The journey results in some of the most moving moments in the book. My take away was that in the bleakest environment possible, we can find hope and bravery. And even if we don't reach our destination, it's the act of breaking free and moving toward the destination that makes us human and gives us hope.
And later, If you wanted to excite or flatter a woman, you were supposed to mention Cornwell.
Why Cornwell? We never really know, except that it must be better than London which is now under some form of martial law, run by idiotic inspectors such as Lucas, and a friend of his who is Inspector of Cats. The author, with no fanfare whatever, drops the reader directly into a new London, a new world order. There is the temptation to fall back onto the cliche, post-apocalyptic, but without all the drama.
We are given no hint of the catastrophe that has befallen the city and its inhabitants, only that they are in constant fear of being taken up by the government. People disappear with regularity. Women are not allowed outside the house unless properly covered.
Lucas himself falls prey to the system and is clapped into prison. His wife, Angela, escapes with another woman and her child, the "miracle" that Lucas was investigating.
How did this all come about? Don't know. How does it end? Don't know that either. A young poet has replaced the older poet who has been beaten to death, but nothing else has changed.
We know little if anything about the new ruling order except that it doesn't consist of vampires, zombies or aliens, thankfully.
A delightfully different sort of reading experience. I'll be looking for more of Ms Smith's work, for sure.
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