Saturday, October 15, 2011

"Marsyas in Flanders" by Vernon Lee

(Thursday, October 13)

Whoops, studying got the better of me... This is the review for the story I read on Thursday.

"Marsyas in Flanders" was a rather religious story, something I'm not usually a fan of, but the ending was quite a twist and I was sufficiently chilled. Might have been that I was reading this story at 2 in the morning, but you get the picture.

A little church, faced with 'miracles' of their crucifix continuously being thrown from the wall and broken into pieces by the stone figure of the Savior that had been found washed ashore centuries before. Frankly, I wouldn't call these miracles any more than I would call a poltergeist's activity miracles, but those religious-type folk.. :P not in an offensive way, of course.

What really got me was the description of what sailors claim to have seen and heard before, of mysterious instruments and howling coming from the church, and even a human figure appearing on the roof. Ooh, just thinking about this is sending a shiver up my spine.

I was pretty pleased with this story, because while there is obviously a religious aspect to it, there's no subtle tones to it regarding the existence of a God or one religion's superiority over another. The only religious aspects of this story involve there being a church, and supernatural activity being construed as miraculous. I still don't understand how you can possibly confuse the two, but there you have it. Silly 19th century people.

I'll have another two posts up later today, one for yesterday's short story, and one for today's. Again, sorry I got so held up with studying, I assure you I'd rather have been doing just about anything else.

- Justin

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