Mostly stuff on Christianity by an Anglican priest who reads a lot of C. S. Lewis.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Wendell Berry's Divine Comedy?


I just finished Jaber Crow.  Berry says the book is about heaven.  And then he says it's about hell.  His main character, Jaber, one day sees a young girl passing by, avidly talking with her friends, and he is stirred by her beauty.  Toward the end of the story, she is his companion - and even guide at points - in the midst of a patch of woods that is like heaven.  The more I think of the story, the more parallels I see with Dante's Comedia.  This means I need to read it again!

Jaber Crow is another example of how the great stories can be set in many times and places.  Great themes can be found in our lives, if we look for them.  How much more the Greatest Story of all?

[image: https://brewminate.com/la-vita-nuova-dantes-love-of-beatrice-and-poetry/]

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