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Stealing Fatima: A Novel Paperback – December 1, 2009
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An additional matter that drives the narrative to its intriguing denouement is the fact that Fr. Furtado, "Manny" to his friends, is experiencing a profound inner conflict which can be descibed at least initiaslly as a disturbing crisis of faith or a hopeful trend toward rationality, depending on one's perspective:
"He did not believe that Jesus was Divine or the Son of God, nor did he believe that God impregnated a young girl through the Holy Spirit (which now reminded him of Zeus and all his disguised copulations with humans). So he did not believe that Our Lady appeared to Sarafino Pomba or ever to anyone else. He did not believe in the Resurrection. He did not believe that God would sacrifice a son to be tortured to death in order to redeem a race of beings He himself created imprefectly."
But more ominously, as he labors mightily to rebuild his previously neglected and dying parish by day, Father Furtado's life is further troubleed by an alarming degree self-medication for the pain of an old neck and shoulder injury. This is the result of a plane crash while serving in the military in Vietnam.Read more ›
Reading Gaspar's new novel, "Stealing Fatima," I had the sense of returning to a familiar and welcome environment that was introduced in that first novel.
Written in the same Provincetown, Cape Cod setting, but with different characters, Fatima reminds the reader of a familiar culture and spiritual place. These are people with depth who are revealed in moving and credible relationships with the protagonist, Father Manny Furtado.
It is not surprising to learn that Gaspar is also a superb poet.
Reading his novels recently led me to his poetry, specifically, Field Guide to the Heaven's. The poet's commitment to truth and authenticity, his attention to detail, is apparent throughout this novel. The priest's quest for understanding and faith is the crux of the book, and it is only fitting that his story be told in such rich language.
After finishing the book, I found myself haunted by the character of Father Furtado as well as the pleasingly ambiguous ending of the story.
Gaspar is an honest and thoughtful writer who creates a story (setting, characters, and plot: the whole package!) that draws you in and holds on to you, even after reading.
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As I started reading this novel, my first reaction was that it was slow-moving, "wordy." It seemed to take forever for the action to take place. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by William F. Powers
So often I pick up a book because of its setting in Cape Cod and find that it could have been written anywhere. Read morePublished on October 23, 2010 by nancy de Wied
A friend to whom I gave this book said he had never read a novel about a Portuguese community before. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by Sylvester D. Ryan