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by Michael Arditti

eBook Enemy of the Good download ISBN: 1906413045
Author: Michael Arditti
Publisher: Arcadia Books Ltd; 1 Original edition (April 30, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 352
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Rating: 4.9
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Category: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
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For the Lemonia Three: Amanda Craig, Liz Jensen and Marika Cobbold. Then a family friend introduced him to her aunt, who planned to publish her own translation of the Book of Ruth and was looking for an illustrator.

For the Lemonia Three: Amanda Craig, Liz Jensen and Marika Cobbold. The best is the enemy of the good. Everyone wants to change humanity, but no one wants to change himself.

Before I picked up this book in the library, I had never heard of Michael Arditti, but I found this story fascinating.

Enemy of the Good, The. ISBN. 1906413045 (ISBN13: 9781906413040). Michael Arditti skillfully describes many of the complications, but also joys, of faith in our time. This story, amongst other things, tackles a bunch of ethical problems with arguments from different sides; thus not forcing any beliefs on the reader. Instead, this is more of an exploration and an attempt to increase the understanding of different outlooks at life. Before I picked up this book in the library, I had never heard of Michael Arditti, but I found this story fascinating.

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Michael Arditti is an English writer. He has written nine novels, including Easter, The Enemy of the Good, Jubilate and The Breath of Night, and also a collection of short stories, Good Clean Fun. Michael Arditti's tenth novel, The Anointed, will be published in April 2020. He is a prolific literary critic and an occasional broadcaster for the BBC. Much of his work explores issues of spirituality and sexuality.

The book's title (a quote from Voltaire) reminds us that, like the road to hell, following a path of religious extremism leads to the corruption of good intentions. This is a compassionate page-turner covering the full spectrum of conflicts that bedevil our multi-cultural, multi-faith society. It will force you to confront your own beliefs and prejudices, while keeping your interest in the fate of the characters to the very end. Find similar books Profile.

Over three remarkable years, the family goes through a sequence of events that causes it to reassess its deepest values and closest relationships. Our best chronicler of the rewards and pitfalls of present day faith. Philip Pullman'A total page-turner. Tim Teenan, The Times'His best to dat. ou could truly say all human life was here. Wilson, Reader's Digest'A writer with quite exceptional gifts. Paul Burston, Time Out. Fiction.

The Enemy of the Good. The Glanvilles are an extraordinary family

The Enemy of the Good. The Glanvilles are an extraordinary family. Edwin is a retired bishop who has lost his faith. Marta, a child of the Warsaw Ghetto, is a controversial anthropologist. In his first novel since the best-selling Easter, Michael Arditti explores the personalities and politics involved in the making of a lost film about the relationship between Unity Mitford and Hitler, set against the background of the Red Army Faction terror campaign in 1970s Germany. Shooting has to be abandoned when the leading actress participates in a terrorist attack following her relationship with a charismatic Palestinian activist.

By Michael Arditti (Arcadia £1. 9). The clashing beliefs of this intellectual but dysfunctional family are at the heart of Arditti's compelling sixth novel which tackles contemporary questions of liberalism versus fundamentalism, tolerance versus bigotry

By Michael Arditti (Arcadia £1. By Clare Colvin for MailOnline Updated: 13:37 EST, 18 May 2009. The clashing beliefs of this intellectual but dysfunctional family are at the heart of Arditti's compelling sixth novel which tackles contemporary questions of liberalism versus fundamentalism, tolerance versus bigotry. Clement is attacked by traditionalists when he portrays a naked Christ for the stained-glass window of a cathedral, and is pilloried by the Press for being gay. His model, a political refugee from Algeria, is refused asylum and deported to an uncertain fate, while the rift between Clement and Susannah deepens when they are faced with the terminal illness of their father.

Arditti, like Trollope, writes fiction filled with wit and acute social observation, all placed in a religious setting. Yet there are times when The Enemy of the Good does stretch the reader's credulity. As a sweeping family saga whose plot manages to incorporate gay characters, domestic violence, the Holocaust, single mothers, stepchildren, bullying, prison, HIV and even dodgy imams, it does sometimes feel as if it is the creation of a scriptwriters' conference rather than an adept novelist. Arditti is to be applauded for tackling a subject that is so often ignored. A large proportion of Britons do hold religious beliefs, and fiction mostly ignores that.

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Members of an extraordinary family endure the bitter clash of liberalism and fundamentalism in this absorbing novel. The Glanville clan includes Edwin, a retired bishop who has lost his faith; his wife Marta, a controversial anthropologist and child of the Warsaw Ghetto; their son, Clement, a celebrated gay painter traumatized by the death of his twin; and their daughter, Susannah, a music publicist recovering from an affair with a convicted murderer. Each of them must face down a personal demon-Clement's work and reputation are violently attacked and his privacy is shattered, Susannah's exploration of the kabbalah transports her into the closed world of Chassidic Jews and a seemingly impossible love, and Edwin's illness forces Marta to confront the horrors of her past. These memorable figures are portrayed with wit, wisdom, and shattering emotional power.
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Michael Arditti is one of the finest writers writing today, exploring family relationships, sexuality and faith in a way which is exceptional and compelling even to those of us who are relatively faithless. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Each section of this novel concentrates on a different member of the Granville family.

The first is about Clement: son of Edwin, a retired Anglican bishop and of Marta, a secular and humanist Jewish mother and a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto. Clement is a believing Christian, though critical of much traditional Christian teaching; he is in a loving gay relationship and HIV positive; he is an artist and is designing a controversial stained glass window for a church; and his model for Jesus in that window is an illegal Algerian Muslim immigrant seeking asylum because he, too, is gay. The themes of theology, art, homosexuality and the problems of asylum seekers are all interwoven in this section.

The second one is about Clement's sister Susannah. Unfulfilled by her job as a public relations operative for some tacky entertainment outfits, she longs for something spiritual and ends up on a course in Kabbalah. At her very first session she is gripped by what she hears, and is instantly sensually attracted to Zvi, one of its followers. She quickly falls in love with him. One of the women instructs her in the beliefs and practices of the Lubavitchers, and Susannah fervently embraces them - difficult enough in itself, and doubly so when she introduces Zvi to her family. As the book progresses, her new faith certainly does not make her a better person.

Marta is the central figure in the next section, and the most attractive of the characters. She is wonderfully controlled and loving when up against the tensions engendered by Clement and Susannah. We learn about her experiences in and escape from Nazi-occupied Poland, about the terminal illness of her husband, the Bishop, and about the reactions of the family to it. As Edwin pleads for euthanasia, this becomes an important theme in this section. For good measure, another event in the family sets off a debate about abortion. - Marta is an anthropologist, and another theme of this chapter is her admiration for an until very recently unspoilt and idyllic tribe in Tanzania, now endangered by "civilization" - just another ingredient tossed into the hotchpotch of topics in this novel, without any clear relevance that I can see to the religious issues that dominate it.

We return to Clement for the last section of the book, about which all I can say without giving away the plot is that he has acquired from his secular mother, but also from his very personal take on Christianity, a spirit of creative acceptance.

I didn't care very much for the first half of the book. It seems to me a rather schematic treatment of various religious and non-religious beliefs, with the members of the extended family becoming mouthpieces of them, and the arguments between them predictable for anyone who has taken an interest in such matters: Zvi representing Chassidic Judaism; Marta secular humanism; Clement having an idiosyncratic belief in Christianity; Edwin a doubting Christian; Carla a Buddhist; the youngsters Karen and Bill embracing paganism; and Curtis, a weirdo who is burdened by the belief that he has had many earlier human lives of both sexes. Throw in a bit of Marxism, a bit of Zionism, and more than a bit of homosexuality for good measure. It is only about half way through the novel that my emotions became involved, with the reactions to and consequences of Edwin's terminal illness and death, and with the episode leading to the debate about abortion (leaving aside my negative emotions about the obsessional aspects of Chasidism). It was only then that the narrative, previously flat, characterless and in a few places even obscure, rises to the challenge and that the various characters became truly alive for me.