I know that there's a story hidden in there somewhere but it's lost behind characters with no appeal, interminable and terrible descriptions of the game of hockey as well as a lousy narrator. While there is no reason to rush through the story, getting bogged down in this as well as detailed descriptions of how many ingredients are on each forkful of the narrator's egg pie is just too much. There is more flab in this writing that in a lawyer's letter.
I doubt it.
I would cut MOST of the juvenile descriptions of hockey, in part because they are written by someone who has no feel for the game and in part because they add nothing to the story.
While there are important themes touched upon here, there is almost nothing at stake for the characters, minimal interesting conflict (even between distinctly different sisters) and virtually no memorable insights.
It would play best in animation, a Saturday morning cartoon of "lost girls finds themselves."
A theoretically interesting experiment that illuminates the intrinsic flaw to perfection - nobody "owns" either the story or its characters. Technically, the writing is just fine and the who-done-what plot twists of this collaboration more or less hold a story together, although more like the Saturday morning cliff-hanger tricks at the flicks than as an imaginative tale woven from whole cloth. Most unfortunate of all is the fact that the characters are as memorable and deep as Snap! Crackle! and Pop! I'm afraid this should have stayed where it belongs - the pinned-on-the-blackboard example of highschool team writing at its pretty-goodest.
Sam Harris is indeed a rarity, a man willing to shout that the god of (pick your favorite religion) is without clothes and that belief in Him (sic) - at least, as humans have chosen to define, quote and hide behind Him - threatens our very existence. Given the countless rationalizations, lies and ignorant assumptions of the religious - even the "good" ones - it is difficult to see how this pointed argument could possibly penetrate the thick skull of unquestioned belief. Still, as Harris notes so vividly, a single step into the light (which actually comes from the sun and not from picturebook beams from heaven) is better than none at all. This is especially so when it means that our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren might possibly live to enjoy this life because the claims of the self-righteous have been exposed for the self-delusions that they really are. Irony of ironies perhaps, I am not absolutely convinced that Harris himself does not believe in "God." It is just that he has reached and now spoken the most ringing truth of all - that it is the religious who have destroyed religion in their efforts to aggrandize themselves and to bring them the power that they pretend belongs to their own creation.
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