Tuesday, October 29, 2013

MacLennan - The Two Solitudes

Hugh MacLennan portrays character as well as anyone I have read. Such writing gives one hope for language - indeed for the world. Towards the end of The Two Solitudes, his old seafarer, Yardley, ponders on why it is that 'they know not what they do',
Jesus must have considered that message mighty important or he wouldn't have saved it to the end. It was funny he'd never thought of that before. ... he had always supposed that if people had been intended to know what they were doing, they would have been created with the faculties to make the knowledge possible.