Saturday, September 10, 2011
The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock [Review]
Alright, I'll admit it. I was a bit skeptical when I agreed to read this book (as well as the series). I had never heard of the book before, I knew very, very little about it, and what little I did know made me wonder if maybe I shouldn't have committed myself to reading and review it. All I really knew was it was a book involving monks, a monastery (or Abbey, whichever term you prefer to use), and "who discovered in the daily rhythm of their work and worship that the whole of life is a love story about a tender and passionate God." The dark color scheme of the cover didn't add any reassurance to my apprehension (yes, I at times judge books by their covers, shame on me :P). However.
Despite all, I am entirely glad I read this book. Being the grammar-nazi that I am, it took me a little bit to get used to the different style of grammar used, while acknowledging the fact that the rules have indeed changed since the time it was written, and will no doubt continue to do so. Once I was over that minuscule obstacle, I enjoyed each and every chapter right up to the end - to the point I had to read the last chapter even though it ended up forcing me to stay up longer than any human being ought to.
The writing flows well, with plenty of refined description without overloading you with unimportant detail, and carrying over the characters emotions to the reader. Each character was real, with real emotions, real flaws, real obstacles in their lives, making the book connectable despite the historical time setting. All in all, I loved the book, would recommend reading it, and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I received this book for free from Crossway for this review.