- File Size: 2547 KB
- Print Length: 175 pages
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- Publisher: Monica La Porta; 1 edition (February 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 4, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0075XAFWS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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The Priest (The Ginecean Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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La Porta deals with the tricky subject matter with aplomb, and a great deal of objectivity, which is commendable. There's no sensationalising, tasteless innuendo or posturing, leaving the background to the story very much to the reader's own interpretation. She concentrates more on the central love theme, between Mauricio and (believe it or not) the president's unruly and wayward daughter, Rosie.
It's the unfolding of this central plot that begins to raise a number of problems with the book in general. Much of the story's arc demands just too many coincidences and a great deal of the suspension of disbelief. All stories must be internally consistent, be true to their own logic, but this one too often falls foul of this imperative. The president's daughter, Rosie, manages a frankly impossible ruse that puts her in Mauricio's imprisoning installation. It's not that she's depicted as being particularly clever, or the presidential organisation as notably lax, and so we're led to conclude that this is simply a failing of internal logic.Read more ›
Mauricio is a compassionate and intelligent young man who had been born a slave in a society ruled by women. His life is lonely and hopeless behind the walls of The Temple, the confines of which he hadn't been outside of his entire life. But he is resigned. He was born into slavery and would die in slavery-- unloved, insignificant, suppressed. Until, a Temple guard's mistake changes everything.
This is a story of forbidden love between a slave and a "pure breed" woman, who transcend prejudice and hatred to find a soul mate. It is brilliantly written, vivid, and elicits strong emotion. I was completely sucked into Mauricio's bleak existence, rooting for him, worried for him, wishing hell fire on his oppressors, drinking in his few moments of happiness, and concocting alternative storylines, all the while hanging onto the hope of a happy ending-- which I won't tell you if he had or not.
The other aspect I appreciate about this story is its innocence and the author's tact. The Priest is a true romance, and one I won't soon forget. Goes without saying, I look forward to reading Book 2 in The Ginecean Chronicles, Pax in the Land of Women. I fully anticipate sleep deprivation.
Throughout my read, I found myself caught up in the intricacies of the storyline itself yet, concurrently, marveling at the psychological insight that Ms. La Porta displayed in developing her characters. Mauricio, Guen, The Priestess and other characters are compelling and powerful in their own right. Their encounters with each other are vividly scripted, entertaining and exciting. Throughout the story, there was a spirited undertone that engaged me, intellectually and emotionally. When Rosie showed up, however, the quality of the undertone became vibrant; the story became infused with heart.
There were times that I found myself wanting the author to write more intensity into the scenes that highlighted prejudice, hatred, betrayal and fear. However, after a discussion with another reader, I became respectful of Ms. La Porta's wise choice to write more objectively as relates to these themes; for, in reality, the debate over gender distinction in marriage is a fierce one.
What a disappointment. Compared to Sargent's book, which had compelling characters and a coherent narrative set in a dystopia built on inherent logic, this novel can only be called infantile. The characters are paper thin, the plot absurd but worst of all the treatment of the serious issue of slavery is cursory and disrespectful to the brutal reality of real life slavery, both historically and today. The "love" between the characters was more like a junior high crush. We are to believe that a man who has spent his entire life shackled indoors with no human contact can start mooning like an 8th grader with the President's daughter, who has been brought up to regard all men as scum and sub-human. "It sucks," he says at one point, describing his predicament.
I would recommend this book for 3rd graders because that is its intellectual level, but I'm sure there are many, many better books 3rd graders could and should read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an okay book. It kind of dragged in a few spots. The characters needed more substance.Published 6 months ago by Donna Quarles
This story is too short to really decide one way or another what's going on.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Honestly, by the title and cover I almost passed this book by. I'm really glad I didn't. What a concept, that the world is ran by women and men are slaves. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alissa self
Hard to read. I kept reading hoping to find some movement in the relationship but none occurred. There was no time progression. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Philip Richardson
Refreshingly different and excellently written. Not many free books are as intriguing as this one. I was very pleased to encounter an author whose work was not only well written,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Pam Fries
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