Monday, 11 August 2014
The Richness of "Star Of The Sea"
mythological writing about a goddess and a god at the beginning of time;
historical fiction about first century Romans and barbarians;
science fiction about time travelers in contemporary Amsterdam -
- while its concluding section, numbered IV, is a devout prayer to the Virgin Mary. Thus this single text contains:
in some passages, a contemporary setting equally suitable for mainstream fiction and for genres like romance or detective;
The strands interweave as the time travelers meet an anti-Roman barbarian prophetess who changes the mythology and influences the iconography of the Virgin Mary, hence the title.
In "Star Of The Sea," we find:
powerful mythological writing;
colorful descriptions of contemporary Amsterdam;
vivid descriptions of first century forests and seasons;
ingenious discussion of time travel paradoxes;
concise summaries of historical events;
brilliant characterization, in particular of the prophetess, Veleda, whose personal crisis could change history.
It has recently occurred to me that there is also a moral question, to be addressed in a further post.