⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 of 5 Stars
Gideon Mack is a preachers son who doesn’t believe in God, but decides to become a minister anyway.
His lack of belief can be easily explained by his narrow minded, strict, sad and unloving upbringing. The reason why he decides to become a minister anyway hints at his dark humour, which you see here and there throughout the book.
He marries a woman that he is not in love with, simply because he can’t have the woman he actually wants (that woman marries his best friend).
He comes across as a man who doesn’t actually know what he wants, will accept second best or will settle for what he thinks is ok…and then spend his life living in regret and unhappiness. Causing confusion and unhappiness to others in the process.
Where he didn’t believe in God at all…he does end up believing completely in the Devil. He falls into a treacherous river and is found 3 days later. He should be dead…but he isn’t. Depending on whether you believe in the supernatural or not, he was either fished out the first day by a smuggler or he was saved by the Devil and he bonded so well with the Devil he then spends a great deal of time and effort to be able to spend the rest of his life with him.
In order to leave with a clean slate he tells everyone what happened to him, including his sins…committing adultery with the very woman he is still in love with. He only confesses to this happening once, while helping him pack up his late wife’s clothes she takes pity on him and they sleep together. In actual fact, that summer they had a full blown affair as confirmed by the woman in question. Why lie? Perhaps he simply couldn’t see her as an adulterous woman as she is the epitome of perfection in his eyes, or it again displays his unique ability to lie to himself.
This book is a very detailed account of how a person can live a lie, how they can convince themselves completely into believing a lie, and then finally freeing themselves to believing what they genuinely believe is true…even though it could be complete codswallop. Who knows?