Sunday, June 30, 2013
The Point: the Redemption of Oban Ironbout by William E. Jefferson
I had a very hard time getting through this book. It's the story of a couple who have been traveling around and decide to visit the Isle of Estillyen, a retreat where monks perform these readings based on Scripture about the importance of words. While there, they meet a mysterious hermit named Oban Ironbout who gets violent when people come onto his property. Goodwin, the husband, feels drawn to the point, where this man lives. His grandfather told him many times about this place and wanted him to go there. He persists in visiting and Goodwin and his wife form an odd friendship with Oban. The difference they bring to his life ultimately results in a shocking revelation for Goodwin.
This is a very unique book because large parts of it are the readings, where a monk talks about Scripture and words, a voice asks questions, and another monk plays the part of Lucifer. While there are some good points made, it seems odd. The parts of Lucifer, especially, sometimes rhyme and go on for a while, which makes me view him as ridiculous. It felt like the dialogue went on too long in many of the conversations. I also had a hard time caring about the characters. Maybe this just isn't my kind of book. If you're looking for something very different, you might want to check this out.
I received this book free from Handlebar in exchange for an honest review.