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July 31, 2007


david ellis

Eifelheim is a story about compassion, and Flynn rightly sees faith as a wellspring of empathy.

I just read the book (loved it) and I'd say Flynn presented a more nuanced view than that. Faith, in the story (as in life) was both a wellspring of empathy and its opposite---depending on the individual involved.

I enjoyed reading a novel that treated both atheists and religious believers sympathetically---thats all too rare.

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