Classic Monday: Fishie Update!

Classic Mondays are posts about whatever classic work of literature I happen to be reading at the time. Mostly, this is for my own benefit as a “reading log” of sorts, but those who need a little help through these sometimes-intimidating books or want to know more about them before diving in may find these posts useful. But be warned: full disclosure and lots of spoilers ahead!

FINALLY, right?  I’ve been itching to read The Big Fisherman and to write about it for awhile, but circumstances are a real pain in the patoot.  Anyway, I read chapters eight and nine, so here goes:

In chapter eight, Fara begins work at the palace.  She gets along with others easily, and the work is enjoyable.  Then she learns that John the Baptist is being held prisoner there.  She offers to take him his meals, and they are able to speak openly once again; she is even able to offer him time in the sun, which he has not seen in weeks or more.  She tells him about seeing the Carpenter, that he speaks of peace and love rather than overthrowing the government and wrath as John had expected.  John sends her to see him again, telling her to say that John the Baptist wonders if he is the one or should he look for another (sound familiar?).

Simon also went to see the Carpenter, yet again.  Simon is living on his boat, his head racing.  He is convinced that he will befriend the Carpenter and offer to keep the masses from piling on him so.  The Carpenter has something else in mind: Simon sees him on the beach and joins him there.  The Carpenter tells him to follow and though Simon admits how sinful he is, the Carpenter simply says

“I have come to save sinners, my son” (225).

Goosebumps, no?  Simon follows him along the beach and they collect James and John, the sons of Zebedee.

And then, we go back to Voldi.  Have I mentioned Voldi yet?  I didn’t pay much attention to him in the beginning, and I was ready to dismiss him again.  But he gets into a thrilling battle with a horse thief while searching for Fara, and I couldn’t help but enjoy following his storyline.  You see, Voldi is in love with Fara and knows that she set out to kill her father.  He is determined to find her and is hot on the trail.  Then he meets up with a Roman aristocrat and they strike up a friendship in which Voldi bares all.

But here’s the kicker: the Roman is on his way to pick up Antipas the Tetrarch, Fara’s father.  And Voldi gets to come along.

And so the plot thickens!

P.S. I would love to hear from anybody else reading a classic…whatcha reading?

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