Monday, November 01, 2010

Reader's Diary #661- Sarah Prevatt: The Second Plague

Approach God from an angle and everyone will think you're profound. It's one of the oldest tricks in the book. Are there any profound comments left to made on the subject of God? Possibly. Possibly Sarah Prevatt has said something profound in "The Second Plague." Possibly not. Possibly it was never her intent. I'm not sure.

"The Second Plague" opens with the line, "Pops left for good the day the frogs fell from the sky." Basically it's about a womanizing father who finally leaves his family: his wife, the girl telling the story, and her brother Jude.

I enjoyed the story. On the surface, it seems straight-forward. But when I try to analyze it, I get bogged down. Was Prevatt comparing the father to a plague? Was the act of prayer between the sister and brother the good thing to come out of it all? Yes, their father is trash but the family is strong enough to survive without him. Did God intervene? Or does it matter?

Very profound piece. I think.

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Teddy Rose said...

I'm not sure if I would like this one or not. I may have to take a look at it anyway. I reviewed This Were Something Else by Eva Moran.

Hope you don't mind, I included some bits about your review. Here's the link:

Corey said...

Just one this month.

Elle, by Douglas Glover.

Anonymous said...

And here is the link to my last minute review:
I actually found this review really difficult to write for some reason...

Loni said...

Hmm… Interesting little story and definitely difficult to analyze. I agree with your review about not knowing exactly what the author’s intention was. It was quick to read, like the story I read this week, but that's not always a good thing. It’s definitely one that can make you think.

Here's my review: