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[[ Read Pdf ]] á Left Behind:A Novel of the Earth's Last Days ã An Airborne Boeing Is Headed To London When, Without Any Warning, Passengers Mysteriously Disappear From Their Seats Terror And Chaos Slowly Spread Not Only Through The Plane But Also Worldwide As Unusual Events Continue To Unfold For Those Who Have Been Left Behind, The Apocalypse Has Just Begun I gave it a go, I really really did The series is so popular and my ex really enjoys the books ok, they re the only books he ever read, so maybe that should have told me something so I thought I d be open minded and try it After all, I did like the movie The Rapture and I love religious science fiction.This, however, is thinly disguised right wing propaganda I can respect people who think differently than I do as long as they respect me back This book does no such thing They manage to twist everything positive in the world today into proof that the devil is afoot did you know the U.N is apparently a tool for the anti Christ The plot is bad, the premise, while interesting, is poorly expanded upon and the writing is just bad bad bad.I actually read another book, also by a conservative Christian, on the same theme that was infinitely better It at least had a plot that could hold its own and left you wondering what would happen next I wish I could remember the name of it, I d recommend people who like this sort of stuff read it At least they might think at some point during their reading.Alas, this book was just inane, offensive, drivel. It has been a long time since I read Left Behind, but I have one interesting memory of reading it that remains clear and is, I think, worthy of discussion I ll get to that memory in a second, but first I must digress.I read this book for a student of mine She was a very nice lady who came into my English classes worried for everyone s souls and I say this with all honesty Left Behind was her favourite novel her favourite book was The Bible, obviously , and she asked me to read it just after we finished Blake s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell So I did Now back to that memory Early on I remember thinking, What a brilliant book this would be if Tim LaHaye was a master of irony on the level of Jonathon Swift Surenothing could save LeHaye s clunky prose, but if he conceived of Left Behind as a commentary on fundamentalist believers it would have been a stroke of genius approaching the level of A Modest Proposal Then I started reading it that way, letting myself imagine the story as a brilliant commentary, and it made the otherwise execrable experience thoroughly tolerable I knew it wasn t so, and I couldn t really force myself to believe, but it sure was fun I laughed than I might have, I giggled than I might have, and I actually wasn t moved to throw this book in our backyard firepit when I finished Indeed, when this piece of fundamentalist pop fiction kindling was over, I eschewed the flames and dropped it on the book swap shelf of our English Department Drop a book, take a book is the theory, but there wasn t anything there I hadn t read before, so I simply left my copy of Left Behind for some poor, unsuspecting student to stumble upon.And the next day it was gone.I wonder who took that book Probably a member of LeHaye s choir, but I d love for one of my colleagues to have picked it up and read it with the same guilty pleasure I did Perhaps then I wouldn t feel so sheepish.
Try to forget for a minute that there are people who take this stuff literally The book actually works as a sort of sci fi novel, the kind Robert Heinlein might have written for adolescents The characters are paper thin and the truth is revealed to true believers It is a scandal that this stuff sold so many copies But it was worth the read to know what all the fuss was about Entertaining, sure, but still a major eye roller. I felt left out of the Bad Books Club because I completely failed to get past the first chapter of The DaVinci Code, so I read this to keep up And boy, is this one horrible book And there s at least 11 of them N.B I will not be reading the rest of the series The writing is beyond terrible In a story that presents so many interesting narrative possibilities the grief of those left behind after The Rapture, the breakdown of society after a massive tragedy, the personal pain and soul searching of those who believed they had faith but who were found wanting and ignores them all in favor of people sitting on beds and talking on phones The authors say that there is violence and mayhem, but don t show any of it The main characters conversions to Christianity happen as almost an afterthought there is little description of the feeling of God s love, of how they will change their lives and live by the teachings of Jesus The book could have been about 300 pages shorter for all it has of any substance, or it could have remained the same length and added some actual plot or character development.Oh my, the characters Our Two Heroes are named Rayford Steele and Buck Williams The current president is named Gerald Fitzhugh totally not supposed to evoke John Fitzgerald Kennedy, I m sure Williams s editor is named Steve Plank, and I presume that if this naming scheme keeps up, later volumes will include media mogul Robert Mudrock and sassy reporter June Heat Register There are two women in the book, and both of them are boy crazy and even find the time to get makeovers in the middle of the horrors of the post rapture world They are also wholly without personality, but so are all the male characters The Antichrist shoots his two closest business partners in order to command respect, and then uses his evil hypnosis skills to make everyone in the room forget about it So what was the point There s also a great throwaway line about how much Planned Parenthood loves its filthy abortion money, and how they re so sad they no longer have any babies to abort no mention is made of reproductive health, etc Theologically, this book is on shaky ground as well There is the aforementioned avoidance of actually describing the process of converstion, and there is little Biblical evidence given for the Rapture itself an event which many Christian sects do not believe in and see no textual evidence for Questions are brought up in the book about God s seemingly abusive role in forcing people to accept Jesus s sacrifice and love for humanity by secondhandedly killing scores of people in the aftermath of an event where drivers of cars disappeared suddenly If the seven years of tribulation are supposed to give the unbelievers a second chance, how about all of those poor souls who died in accidents, or who were stricken with heart attacks These questions are not answered in the slightest, and I was slightly thrown off by the book s refusal to capitalize Him when speaking of the divine It s an ostensibly religious book without any real faith.This could have been such an interesting story, but the writing is so utterly awful that the series stands as dangerously bad It does nothing to address the mystery of faith and the horrors of the Apocalpse it could be any third rate spy thriller gathering dust on an airport bookshelf And it s so damnedly popular