Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Darker Domain

What would you do to save the life of a child? How far into the past are you willing to explore to give your child a future? Michelle Gibson formally Michelle Prentice aka Misha, is about to take that journey and in doing so opens Pandora's box.

Have you ever looked into the past and wished that you did not? Or did your look lead to discoveries that were beneficial?


JA said...

Wow! This book sounds interesting. I just put a hold on it! Thanks,

Anonymous said...

There are many ways of looking at fiction. One major perspective is existential. Crime and its ubiquitous nature in the human condition has required the attention of all cultures, from the beginnings of time and history and mythology. The solutions ranged from religious doctrine to social customs and norms and laws.

Cain and Abel--the first and second sons of Adam and Eve--are part of the core narrative of Judaism, Christianity & Islam. In all the well disseminated varieties of the archetypal narrative, Cain commits the first murder by killing his brother Abel. How to control such unconscious natural primitive impulses is still not clear for such impulses have the habit of taking complex and subtle disguises.

One wonders if crime is a product of genetic factors or of social-economic-educational-political conditions. What do you think?

What can one learn from such a crime/mystery novel such as A Darker Domain about the nature of man? If the darker domain in within the nature of man, how can we redesign education or refrom religion education to repress it? Has religion failed to control the evil impulses in man? The holy wars, the crusades and the inquisitions, the class struggles and the political-economic conditions which preceded events like the French Revolution suggest that religious, political and social identity, are related to crime in some crucial way, even if they don't cause it.

RedSoxTodd said...

I am excited to be giving this online discussion a go for the first time. I picked up the book from my local library today. Going to start it tomorrow. The question is interesting. At this point, I am not sure what I would answer, having no children of my own. But I am sure to think about it as I read this and participate here.

johnt said...

If criminal behavior is a product of genes then goodness should be a product of genes. Why does is it seem easier to do bad than good? Why is it easier to be selfish rather than generous? Within every individual there exist great goodness but within each individual there exist the dark domain. I believe that it is misinterpretation that people believe religion and education will make you good, that it will somehow purge this darkness out of our being. Religion and education merely equips us with the ability to recognize this domain. If we are aware of it then there is a possibility that it can be controlled and managed. However, to rid ourselves of the darkness is to rid ourselves of the light. And in that lays the complexities of man(wo)kind. Do you believe that this novel reflect the author’s personal psychology?

RedSoxTodd said...

I finished this book and really enjoyed it. The question I have, did the detective really have the little boy's interest at heart and keep it there or did that simply serve as a cover for her obsession with the other issues that arose?